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Beet Tartare With Avocado-Lime Cream and Black Tahini

  • Author: Alana Haldan
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 48 pieces 1x


Marinated beets serve as a creative stand-in for Ahi tuna in this vegan take on a traditional tartare. The silky avocado cream is a perfect counterpoint to the flavorful marinated beets. Using toothpicks for serving make this recipe a unique and delicious choice for passed appetizers.




  • 2 large beets, peeled and medium diced
  • 2 1/2 limes, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp tamari

Avocado-Lime Cream

  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro,roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Black Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 cup black tahini
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder


  1. Place steamer basket and 1 inch filtered water in a medium pot. Bring water to a boil, add beets, and cover pot. Reduce heat to a simmer and steam until beets are tender yet firm, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, add lime juice, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and tamari and mix to combine. Add beets and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. While beets marinate, prepare avocado cream. In a food processor, combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice, and fresh ginger and process until mixture is very smooth and creamy. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine black tahini, salt, and garlic powder. Whisk well to combine. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and set aside.
  5. To serve, drain excess marinade from beets and pat dry with a paper towel. Squeeze about 1/4 tsp of avocado-lime cream on top of each beet cube then drizzle with black tahini sauce. Insert toothpick into center of each beet cube.
  6. Alternatively, serve in small serving soup spoons. Squeeze about 1/4 tsp of black tahini sauce in spoon, then top with a beet cube. Squeeze about 1/4 tsp of avocado-lime cream on beet, then top with an additional drizzle of black tahini sauce.