This Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt will soon be your favorite way to eat your beets! Roasted beets, tahini and yogurt are blended together to make a creamy and healthy dip with a bright pink color that can’t be beet!
Ok, I’m sorry for the pun but I couldn’t help myself. WHO COULD? Really, you can’t blame me for that. Alright, now that we’ve dealt with that let’s all move on and talk about this Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt that I have for you today. A few weeks ago I was invited to an Urban Farm Dinner Hosted by Barn 2 Door and American Farmland Trust. It was pretty much a dream, hosted in the backyard of a beautiful house in Wallingford, one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Seattle. A tent sheltered long tables, twinkling lights were strung above. There was a fire pit, and guests stood around it visiting while sipping their seasonal cocktails. Soon we sat down to an amazing, chef-prepared, farm-to-table dinner. A farm-to-table dinner because the mission of the night was to raise awareness about supporting local farmers and helping people find out where to buy locally grown food.
Mr. Briar and I have been making an effort to get to the farmers market more often, because we really believe that buying locally grown food is better all around – it tastes better, it is better for the environment because it isn’t shipped halfway around the country (or the world!), and it supports local small farms. We recently decided to start buying local eggs as well, mostly because we just can’t stand the idea of buying eggs from factory farms. And we would like to start buying humanely raised meat from local farmers and ranchers. Barn 2 Door essentially helps connect people with those farmers and ranchers.
Although everything at the dinner was unbelievably good, one thing that I couldn’t get out of my head was some beet hummus that was served as a starter. I was never a huge fan of beets, so I was shocked at how good that creamy beet hummus was. When I read the menu, I realized that it actually had yogurt in it too. No doubt that lent to the creamy factor. And the color! It is so vibrant you would swear it has some sort of food dye in it. I have noticed some beet hummus recipes around, including one on my friend Natasha’s blog Salt and Lavender. I have always been taken with the color, and after tasting it at the Urban Farm Dinner I finally decided I must make it for myself.
Most beet hummus recipes don’t contain yogurt, but I found one that did over on The Kitchn. I refered to my Easy Homeade Hummus Recipe to make some adaptations, and I finally came up with a recipe that I think comes close to the one I had at the dinner. One thing I found made a huge difference was the drizzle of olive oil on top – don’t skip it! This Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt is great served with pita chips or pita bread, and also with some vegetables for dipping. My favorite was the red bell pepper – they taste so great together!
Do you try to buy local food? Where do you find it?
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Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt
- 3 medium sized beets washed and trimmed (about 3/4 pounds)
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1 cup plain yogurt I used greek nonfat yogurt
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- olive oil for drizzling
- parsley for garnish optional
- edible flowers for garnish optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Wrap beets in aluminum foil (foil should form a pouch around beets and they should be completely covered)
- Place foil wrapped beets on a baking sheet and roast for 60-75 minutes, or until tender. Allow beets to cool.
- When the beets have cooled, use a paper towel (or your fingers) to remove the skin. You might want to wear an apron, that beet juice will stain everything!
- Cut the beets into wedges and add to a food processor with the garlic, tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and black & cayenne pepper. Process until smooth.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
- Garnish with parsley and edible flowers (optional)
Adapted from The Kitchn and my Easy Homemade Hummus
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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated to write about Barn 2 Door, however I did receive an invite to the Urban Farm Dinner free of charge. As always, I only talk about brands and businesses that I think are awesome, and my opinions are 100% my own.
Does this work with raw tahini? If not, is there a way to toast raw sesame seeds after they’ve been made into tahini?
Hi Carol, I think it should work, but I haven’t tried it so can’t be 100% sure. I don’t think you can toast tahini after it is made.
Rebecca @ NOURISHED. the blog says
Local is sooo much better. We try to buy everything from local farmers in our area. It tastes so much better! I love that bright pink colour! Looks so good.
Thank you Rebecca! We have been going to our farmers market every weekend, I love it!
I love this Meghan!! Seriously such a fabulous color. I think I know the Kitchn one. But this looks and sound awesome! Pinning
Thank you so much for pinning Swayam!
This looks so dreamy and creamy!! Adding Greek yogurt is such a good idea. Your photos are great 🙂
Thank you so much Natasha!
This looks amazeballs. And red pepper + hummus? Yassss
-Clarissa @ The View From Here
Thank you so much Clarissa! YES, the red pepper and the hummus were SO GOOD!
Puja Darshan says
Wow!!! Lovely recipe, It has such a beautiful colour and I am sure it is going to be tasty as well. Pinning
Thank you so much Puja!
I’m lucky enough to belong to a co-op that is pretty transparent about how it sources its products, so I buy my eggs and most of my veg locally through there. It’s a bit pricy, but it’s worth it. This hummus is stunning- that color is so ridiculous. I don’t love beets, but I do love hummus, and I bet beets would be a great earthy accent.
I’m still coming around on beets too, Allyson, but this is the best way to eat them! That co-op sounds perfect, I love knowing where all our food comes from.
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
Look at that color!!! I love buying produce from local markets, especially now when all the good fruits and veggies are in season here in New Jersey. There’s actually this farm to table restaurant near my work that made an awesome beet gnocchi. I can’t get over how pretty this hummus looks!!
Summer produce is THE BEST! I can’t wait to go to the farmers market tomorrow! Thanks Jessica!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Your Urban Farm Dinner sounds like it was a dream!! So glad you had a great time! I’m a huge supporter of our local farms, so the message behind the dinner was one I could totally get behind! Besides, how much better does local produce (and protein) taste?! SO much better, right? LOVE this hummus, Meghan! I mean you can’t BEET the color. <– YES to puns, girlfriend! I love that you added yogurt to this, I bet that just amplifies the creamy, creamy texture! This is a must try FO SHO! Pinned! Cheers, girlie!
Right!?! Local produce is just the best!! And I’m glad you appreciate my pun 🙂 And thanks for pinning friend!
Wow!! Those colors!! This is totally a keeper~~can’t wait to whip some up!! (Beet some…??)
Love the humor, it goes so well with all the awesomeness of this recipe~?
Glad you stepped into the “beet” realm & brought forth this delicious & nutritious recipe~~
Your dinner invite from @barn2door
sounded magical~~how fun!
We also try to buy veggies locally & are even lucky enough to be able to grow some. Sounds like you live in a very health-conscious area & we get the benefit from your amazing recipes!!
Thanks, I hope you make it!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
“Can’t be beet” O.M.G. Love it. I just love it SO much. 😉 It’s so wonderful hearing about farmers markets, and especially about Barn 2 Door. Local produce does have a tasty, fresher edge to it, that’s for sure! Right when I thought, “you know, this would be AWESOME with Meghan’s homemade pita bread”–bam! You linked it up. 😉 So thank you for that convenience. Amazing dip photo. all of these beautiful colors and beautiful photos are making me smile on this Wednesday. <3
Hahahaha, I’m glad you appreciate my dorky humor 😉
Megan @ Meg is Well says
Beautiful! Every time I see beet hummus I always wish I could translate that color to clothes because it’s so pretty. I never thought to add yogurt to hummus but I bet it makes it much smoother, thanks for sharing! And yes to local food! I swear it makes my allergies not be as bad.
Yes, the color is like no other! I have heard that local food helps with allergies before, so I wouldn’t be surprised. Thanks Meg!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
Hahahaha! You’re so funny! Good one 😀 I love going to farmer’s markets. The ones we have here are pretty seasonal, but there is talk of them expanding so maybe it’ll be year ’round. Nothing like local produce and supporting the local economy, is there?
I do love beets and this colour is amaze balls, Meghan! So pretty! Pinning 🙂
Thank you so much friend!
This is such a gorgeous color! Local food definitely tastes better, no contest. I’m also trying to do the egg thing, but that entails driving out to our cousin’s farm, which we don’t always feel like doing. Hashtag lazy.
Haha, I feel the lazy. Sometimes I can’t make it to the farmers market which is ust down the street! Thanks Annie!
I don’t know if I want to just sit and look at it or eat it! Well, I do know – but boy, I can’t take my eyes off that color! I am a fan of beets so I know I will love this! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Annie! The color is really incredible.