Easy Pickled Beets Recipe made with Eastern Shore Honey

This easy pickled beets recipe involves honey, perhaps you find this surprising?! These beets are easy to make because they can be prepared and kept in the refrigerator for a few days in an air-tight container.

honey pickled beets in a mason jar with garlic cloves on wood table

It took most of my life to acquire a taste for pickled beets, or any beets for that matter. To me, they tasted like dirt, until you put honey on them.

I had a good chef friend who insisted that I try beets somewhere around 15 years ago. He prepared them three ways. Maybe he thought that if he prepared them three different ways there was a better chance that I would like at least one of the preparations. They tasted better than I remembered them from childhood.

Fast forward to today, foraging in my friend Joyce’s garden on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. Joyce grows beets in every color and variety and the small young beets are sweet like sugar and ever-so-tender that’s why today, I have a deep love affair with beets. Who would have guessed?

Pickled Beets are more creative than you think.

  • I have been known to sauté swiss chard with olive oil and garlic and top with these amazing easy pickled beets accompanied by a dollop of tzatziki sauce.
  • You can also try them on a bed of fresh arugula with some goat cheese topped with honey lemon vinaigrette.
  • You can mix them with our easy pickled onions and serve them on our kale salad.
  • Or just enjoy them from the jar.

I should have called this the wedged pickled beet recipe.

Fresh-picked beets from the garden on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Adapting this Easy Pickled Beet Recipe with honey

Recipes are meant to inspire you. Don’t feel like you have to make this Pickled Beet Recipe exactly the way our recipe shows. Get creative. Experiment. Try something different. Here are some ideas in case you need a little boost with adapting this recipe:

  • Add some fresh-grated horseradish to the mix to add heat.
  • Can you imagine a teaspoon of dried cloves in this recipe? That would be so different!
  • Chop some cinnamon sticks and add them to the beet juice.
  • Why not add some fresh sliced ginger root?
honey pickled beets in a mason jar with garlic cloves on wood table

Easy Pickled Beets Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beets, pickled, pickled beets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 217kcal
These beets will brighten the most boring salad or vegetable dish and are easy to make, as in it takes minutes to make them. They can be prepared and kept in the refrigerator for a week in an air-tight container.
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  • 2 lb beets in a variety of colors
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 3/4 c olive oil
  • 1/2 c white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 c lemon fresh-squeezed
  • 1/2 c Waxing Kara Honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes


  • Peel beets and slice into small chunks or small slices to your preference
  • Slice onion into thin slices and combine with beets
  • Place beets and onions into airtight glass jar
  • Crush garlic cloves and place on top
  • In a medium glass bowl mix the remaining ingredients
  • Mix well
  • Pour over the beet and onion mixture
  • Close lid and refrigerate overnight


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

2 thoughts on “Easy Pickled Beets Recipe made with Eastern Shore Honey”

  1. Do you cook the beets prior to peeling them? Most of the pickling recipes I’ve come across call for cooking them first but your recipe doesn’t indicate that.

    • Jacy,

      My friend and I were just discussing this over the weekend. She thinks that its easier to peel the beets AFTER you cook them. So I would recommend trying them that way. I will be soon, as I just got a batch of fresh-picked beets from her.

      Let me know how it goes.

      Thank you!


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