Recipe Finder

The Washington Post

Beet Tzatziki

Beet Tzatziki 3.500
Jul 27, 2005

Chef-owner Johnny Monis of Komi serves this refreshingly different condiment with a bacon-wrapped tuna. He warns against using red beets here, which will color the other beets and turn the tzatziki a purplish-red.


Servings: 3.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 bunches (32 ounces) mixed baby beets, trimmed (may substitute golden beets)
  • 4 cups kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (Greek-style), such as Fage (available at Whole Foods Markets and at some specialty food stores)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped or snipped chives
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon truffle oil (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the beets in a roasting pan that's just large enough to hold them. Pour the kosher salt over so that it covers the beets. Bake for about 35 minutes, or just until the beets are tender.

Remove the beets from the salt to cool slightly and discard the salt. Peel the beets while they are still warm and cut into chunks or dice. Cover and refrigerate until they are completely cooled, about 2 hours.

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, parsley, chives and olive oil. Add the beets, and season with salt and pepper to taste, then the truffle oil, if using. Serve chilled.


Add it
Rate it

Recipe Source

Adapted from Komi restaurant near Dupont Circle.

Tested by Jane Touzalin.

E-mail questions to the Food Section.

E-mail questions to the Food Section at food@washpost.com.

Avg. Rating (0)

Rate this recipe

Nutritional Facts

Calories per 1/2 cup serving: 171


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 9mg 3%

Sodium: 232mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 21g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 6g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

Most Read lifestyle
SECTION: !!!
INITIAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, childrenitemsperpage=3, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, includesorts=true, includeheader=true, defaulttab=all, includeverifiedcommenters=true, includerecommend=true, maxitemstop=2, includereport=true, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!!

FINAL commentConfig: {includereply=true, canvas_permalink_id=washpost.com/8bvh5zpd9k, allow_comments=true, commentmaxlength=2000, includeshare=true, display_comments=true, canvas_permalink_app_instance=m6yzjj840m, display_more=true, moderationrequired=false, includefeaturenotification=true, comments_period=14, defaultsort=reverseChronological, canvas_allcomments_id=washpost.com/km4ey0dajm, includevoteofftopic=false, allow_videos=false, childrenitemsperpage=3, markerdisplay=post_commenter:Post Commenter|staff:Post Writer|top_commenter:Post Forum|top_local:Washingtologist|top_sports:SuperFan|fact_checker:Fact Checker|post_recommended:Post Recommended|world_watcher:World Watcher|cultuer_connoisseur:Culture Connoisseur|weather_watcher:Capital Weather Watcher|post_contributor:Post Contributor, includesorts=true, includeheader=true, defaulttab=all, includeverifiedcommenters=true, includerecommend=true, maxitemstop=2, includereport=true, source=washpost.com, allow_photos=false, maxitems=7, display_ugc_photos=false, includepause=true, canvas_allcomments_app_instance=6634zxcgfd, includepermalink=false}!!