Persian Beet Yogurt

Persian Beet Yogurt
Persian Beet Yogurt

Scoop up this vibrant condiment with wedges of warm pita.


  • 3 medium red or golden beets (about 1 pound), trimmed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plain 2% fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint plus torn leaves for serving
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons (or more) red wine vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 450°. Place beets in a small baking dish and add hot water to come 1/2-inch up sides of dish; season with salt. Cover beets with a piece of parchment paper, then cover dish tightly with foil.
  • Cook beets until tender, about 1 hour. Remove beets from baking dish, let cool slightly, then rub off skins with a paper towel. Coarsely grate beets.
  • Mix beets, yogurt, chopped mint, tarragon, oil, and 2 teaspoons vinegar in a medium bowl; season with salt and more vinegar, if desired. Cover and chill at least 3 hours to let flavors meld.
  • Top beet yogurt with mint leaves.
  • DO AHEAD: Beet yogurt can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

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