Trending: Beets Get Creative in San Diego

By Darlene Horn  |  July 30, 2015

Following the paths of kale and cauliflower, beets are the next veggie getting some love in San Diego, where chefs are taking advantage of the intense colors and earthiness for colorful salads and appetizers. Love 'em or hate 'em (though these will convince you otherwise), here are four must-try dishes incorporating the trending root veggies.

Beet Tempura at Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi

Carlsbad's premiere sushi eatery takes the red-hued veg to a new level of addictiveness by sending them through the fryer. The kitchen cuts the beets into sticks and bakes them until soft, then follows the traditional Japanese tempura process, which includes a lightweight batter and deep fry. Looking just like french fries, these batons (pictured at top) come with a side of tentsuyu and hot mustard sauce.

2958 Madison St.; 760-434-4959


Beet Tower at Halcyon

Chef Giovannia Novella’s "salad" is anything but predictable. Starting with golden and red beets marinated in red vinegar, the tangy vegetable tower is tempered by layers of ricotta cheese. A sprinkle of fresh-from-the-garden herbs and crushed pistachios bring welcome crunch.

1429 Island Ave.; 619-234-0808


Beet Bruschetta at The Patio on Goldfinch

Slivers of ciabatta toast get a boost of color and flavor with chopped beets. The pepperiness of the arugula shines through even when mixed with tangy blue cheese and grapefruit. And that sweetness from candied walnuts echoes the natural sugars from the beets.

4020 Goldfinch St.; 619-501-5090


Beet Salad at Prepkitchen

Available in Prepkitchen's Little Italy, La Jolla and Del Mar restaurants, this salad will make fans of non–beet believers. The balsamic vinaigrette and Satsuma orange segments scattered throughout play up the beets' innate sweetness. But spinach and avocado bring in a vibrant green color and work well to counteract the creaminess of the goat cheese.

1660 India St.; 619-398-8383
7556 Fay Ave.; 858-875-7737
1201 Camino Del Mar; 858-792-7737