Beets with Dukkah, Orange, and Pistachio | The Rise Cookbook | Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Are you looking for some inspiration in the kitchen? Getting tired of some of your go-to recipes? Well, I know I am. That’s why I’ve gotten so experimental in the past weeks. Now, I’m trying to channel the creativity to eating more veggies.

I got this cookbook for Christmas and am really excited to delve into it. I don’t know much about African and African-American cooking except some Moroccan cuisine so I want to learn more. This cookbook is a collection of recipes from black chefs from around the US. Black cooking is more than just “soul food”. I love it- this breaks the idea that black cooking is just one genre. It goes through the pantry of the African diaspora to show a full range of history, culture and activism- all in a cookbook! It ’s a pulse of a movement that can be tasted.

I wanted to start simple with Roasted Beets with Dukkah. I definitely feel more excited to eat more veggies and am so glad to get some inspiration from this new cookbook! I added some things to the recipe but took inspiration from this book. You don’t have to make yours fancy- but take away this- beets, orange and pistachio go together beautifully.

Beets with Dukkah, Orange, and Pistachio

Ingredients (serves 4): 

  • 1 lb. (about 4) small red or golden beats
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. sherry vinegar (I used marsala wine)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Dukkah (make your own or I found a nice one at TJ’s) Link here
  • 2-3 Tbsp. pistachios, toasted
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt (optional)
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin or quick-pickled


Combine first 5 ingredients in a small oven proof pan. Preheat oven to 425 F. Cover with foil and bake for 50 min. to 1.5 hours or beets are fork tender. Let cool, then peel skin with a paper towel. Cut into quarters. (See full video of recipe at the bottom of this post)

Toss beets with orange and lime juice, red onion, olive oil, parsley, salt, pepper, and a little dukkah.

On a plate, smear some yogurt. Add dukkah in a line. Top yogurt with beets, orange segments, more Dukkah and pistachio. Drizzle with olive oil.

To your happy and healthy life, 


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