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Sauteed Beet Greens Recipe

beet greens

Beets, we all love them, the color is magical, the sweetness intoxicating. Many people (even me at one point) chop off the beet greens and discard them without another thought. I am making the case to elevate those beety greens, and to save them from the compost bin.

Other than being very pretty, beet greens are full antioxidants, high in vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, and many other goodness for your body.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s best eaten chilled, which means, you can prepare it ahead of time.

Sauteed Beet Greens Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Start Eating Organic


  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 whole lemon or lime
  • 1 sprinkle sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Chop the onion and sautee in a pan using the oil. Cook until browned.

  2. While the onions are cooking, wash the beet greens, gather them and chop into strips.

  3. Once the onions are browned, add the greens & salt to taste. Sautee for a few minutes until the greens wilt.

  4. Let the greens cool on the counter before refrigerating. 

  5. Serve with pita bread, and a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

Recipe Notes

This dish is best served cold.



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Comments (2)

  1. Now that is such a lovely way to use those beet greens! The simplicity of the recipe reminds me of my greek grandmother’s way of cooking greens. In Greece, cooking “horta” (wild greens) is an art! I guess more and more people should learn to cook them instead of throwing them in the bin – they can be so, so yummy 🙂

    1. Agreed! Greek cuisine is great at taking simple fresh ingredients and elevating them to something beautiful. I’m guilty of throwing them away in the past, I cringe when I think of it now. 🙂