Salt-Roasted Beets with Tehina Sauce

Leftover Tehina Sauce makes a great veggie dip! Just whirl it up with fresh herbs like parsley, chives, dill, and mint.

Salt-Roasted Beets with Tehina
Photo: Andy Lyons
Hands On Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
4 cups


  • 5 cup kosher salt

  • 8 medium beets

  • ½ cup Basic Tehina Sauce

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill

  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Basic Tehina Sauce

  • 1 head garlic

  • ¾ cup lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cup tahini

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread 1 cup of the kosher salt in an ovenproof skillet or baking dish. Put the beets on the salt and cover with the remaining salt. Bake until the beets are tender, about 90 minutes.

  2. When cool enough to handle, remove the beets from the salt and peel (discard salt). Set aside to cool completely. Grate them into a mixing bowl using the coarse holes of a box grater. Add the tehina, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, mint, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well to blend. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Basic Tehina Sauce

  1. Break garlic head into cloves and place unpeeled cloves in a blender. Add lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover; blend for a few seconds until a coarse puree. Let stand for 10 minutes to allow the garlic to mellow.

  2. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large mixing bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Add the tahini to the strained lemon juice in the bowl, along with 1 teaspoon salt and the cumin. Whisk the mixture together until smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups ice water, 2 tablespoons at a time, whisking vigorously until mixture is smooth and velvety (mixture may separate at first, but will become smooth as you whisk). Adjust seasonings. Cover and chill up to 1 week. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

523 Calories
46g Fat
24g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 523
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 703mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 19.9mg 100%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 600mg 13%
Folate, total 156.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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