Beets’ earthy sweetness and that deep, rich purple fills me with the knowledge that what I’m putting into my body is good for me. As the founder of Plant & Vine, a vegan recipe and wine pairing blog, I’m a big fan of the “Eat More Color” theory for your diet – the more colorful the foods on your plate, the healthier your diet (don’t go getting ideas, Cheetos). Vegetables and fruits are the most colorful foods out there, so the concept supports a plant-based diet. If you’re interested in adding more color to your food and want a big burst of color, this beet hummus is calling your name.
Why Are Beets Good for You?
Like most vegetables, beets are nutrient-dense without adding a ton of calories to your diet. In other words, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Beets are also linked to improving digestive health, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood pressure because of their concentration of nitrates. Plain and simple, beets are good for you (Source).
How Do You Make Beet Hummus?
Making beet hummus is straightforward. Simply peel your beets, simmer for 30 minutes, and add them to a food processor or Vitamix with the remaining ingredients, blending until you reach your desired consistency. If you have time, I highly recommend making your own homemade pita chips so you can enjoy ‘em fresh out of the oven. Simply slice up pita bread, drizzle with olive oil and some herbs, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Beet Hummus and Wine Pairings
Making this beet hummus for a party and want to bring a bottle of wine that makes it pop? Look no further! Here are three wine pairings made for this hummus:
1. Rosé: a dry rosé is a great choice for beet hummus – clean, refreshing, and elegant – and will play nicely on the beet color scheme. Suggested Regions: Provence, France.
2. Viognier: the cumin spices in this recipe pair with the floral, full-bodied deliciousness of Viognier. Flavors of roses and tangerines connect with the earthy sweetness of beets. Suggested Regions: Condrieu, Rhône Valley, France.
3. Chardonnay: Succulent and fruity, white Burgundy is a delicious pairing. Golden apple, golden pear, floral aromas and more. Delicious, but be prepared to pay a bit more for this high-end pairing. Suggested Regions: Mâconnais or Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France.