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Sea Salt Beet Fries with Garlic Cashew Cream Dipping Sauce

It’s no secret that my love for beets runs deep. I didn’t grow up eating them (heck I don’t think I’d ever had one before we got into farming) but they quickly turned into one of my favorite vegetables to grow and eat. I enjoy my beets roasted, pureed, fried, raw, or even like an apple straight out of the ground with a little dirt still on them. It’s true love and I thought at this point in my 9 year relationship with them that I had prepared them pretty much every way possible. As it turns out I was wrong. Beet fries is a new one for me and I can’t believe I’ve never thought to prepare them like this before. I was inspired to make this recipe after flipping through my own cookbook (funny how that happens…) and stumbled upon my recipe for rutabaga home fries with smokey cashew cream sauce. I thought I would switch things up with beets, sea salt, and a simple garlic cashew cream dipping sauce. The result is absolutely divine. Taylor gobbled up an entire plate of these on his own and I had to make another batch to photograph because I knew this recipe was worth sharing here on the blog. If you’re a beet lover (and even if you aren’t this could be your gateway recipe) you need to make these ASAP! This recipe is going into our rotation of simple happy hour snacks or side dishes all winter long. I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do.

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.

Sea Salt Beet Fries with Cashew Cream Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Serves: 4

Garlic Cashew Cream Dipping Sauce
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews (soaked in warm water for at least 30 minutes)
  • 3/4 cup water (plus more to thin as needed)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • minced thyme for serving (optional)
Sea Salt Beet Fries
  • 3 large beets, greens removed and saved for another use (about 2 pounds)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (more or less depending on size of veggies)
  • flakey sea salt


  1. Prepare the cashew sauce by draining the soaked cashews and then combining all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Whirl on high until everything is completely smooth and creamy. Add a touch more water to thin as needed. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425. Slice the beets in half lengthwise (no need to peel) then slice into 1/2 inch thick strips. On a rimmed baking sheet toss the beets with the olive oil. Place in the oven and cook until beets are tender and lightly browned. About 20-30 minutes. Toss halfway through cooking and start checking for doneness around the 20 minute mark.
  3. Sprinkle the beets with a healthy pinch of good quality flakey sea salt and serve with the dipping sauce.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Store extra cream sauce in the fridge for up to 7 days

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12 thoughts on “Sea Salt Beet Fries with Garlic Cashew Cream Dipping Sauce

  1. says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to try it out myself! It’ll make a perfect Christmas day brunch side.

  2. Chelsea says:

    Okay, so this looks AMAZING! My spouse and I both LOVE beets, but we’ve never thought about turning them into fries! Gotta give this a try.

  3. Kbg says:

    Do you have the nutritional facts for this dish? Calories, salt etc… it looks good.

  4. Tina Brown says:

    I’ve been wanting to try out beets in a more creative way! Can’t wait to try these! Should I soak the cashews longer if I have the time? Thanks!

    1. Andrea says:

      no need to soak the cashews any longer but feel free to if you’re away from home and can’t get to them sooner. They’ll be fine in water for up to 8 hours. After that they’ll turn slimy and taste a little funky. Let me know how you like this recipe! Cheers!

  5. Laurel | Catching Seeds says:

    My love of beets runs deep too! I actually did eat them as a kid – the strange pickled from a can kind. This recipe was amazing! The combo of sweet roasted beets with the creamy cashew sauce was a match made in heaven! Definitely making this again!

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy you enjoyed this too! Keep on dishing it up! xo

  6. English Springer Mom says:

    The garlic cashew cream dipping sauce is AWESOME! I wanted to lick out the blender. As I have a love for beets also, decided to use the garlic cashew sauce splashed over a sautéed beet noodle salad with scallions, cucumbers, cilantro and chopped cashew nuts. I suspect I’ll be using the sauce on everything.

  7. Alice says:

    I made these for a gathering last night and they were gobbled up! So so good! It was my first time to make a cashew-based dip myself – the raw cashews were still somewhat firm after 35 mins of soaking so I dubious when I put them in the blender but the mixture went from chunky to liquid to smooth and creamy in just a few whirls. This recipe is simple yet so delicious and beautiful on the plate. Thanks!

  8. Matt Freund says:

    These look really good. I am going to have to try. These are really original and yummy looking.

  9. Stacey says:

    Is it 3/4 cup of water?

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