Earthiness in abundance! I absolutely adore beet juice. Its subtle sweetness and earthy tones create a wonderful drink and when paired with herbs, as in this recipe, it can’t be beet! Whoops—I meant beat. No I didn’t.–Emily von Euw

LC Buddha-Ful Note

The author refers to this beet juice recipe as “Buddha-ful.” Hmm. We’re guessing Buddha enters the ​equation via that whole mindfulness thing and drawing satiety from the simplest of pleasures. And we’re all for that. Just like we’re all for this stunning elixir of beet and apple. Try it and see if you agree.

Frothy beet juice in a dark cup on a wooden table.

Buddha-ful Beet Juice

4.67 / 3 votes
I love the flavor combo in this smoothie–earthy, sweet, tangy. Beets give it a stunning color and the cilantro's brightness adds a serious flavor boost.
David Leite
Servings1 servings
Calories198 kcal
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes


  • Juicer


  • 3 smallish red beets, rinsed, peeled, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 apple (any type), rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 lime, halved and seeded
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves


  • Put everything through your juicer, going slowly with the beets because they’re very dense. Pour the beet juice into a glass and sip, slurp, and savor away.
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Serving: 1 servingCalories: 198 kcalCarbohydrates: 50 gProtein: 5 gFat: 1 gSaturated Fat: 0.1 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3 gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1 gSodium: 186 mgPotassium: 1042 mgFiber: 12 gSugar: 32 gVitamin A: 1268 IUVitamin C: 42 mgCalcium: 78 mgIron: 3 mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2014 Emily von Euw. Photo © 2014 Emily von Euw. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

What an unexpected burst of flavors from this beet juice recipe! I will admit, I juice quite often, and this combination of ingredients sounded quite unusual, and I wasnt sure it would taste good, but this makes a wonderfully bright-flavored juice. Apples and beets make the juice sweet, so overall this is a sweet deep magenta-colored juice, and the cilantro actually works. When I put the glass to my lips, I actually smelled the cilantro before I tasted it. I’ve never quite consumed cilantro this way, but I loved it!

I have to admit, not being a beet lover, this beet juice recipe is amazing! I always taste too much beet in juices. The lime and cilantro did an amazing job balancing the bitterness from the beets. My hubby loved it, too, and my 10-year-old said “Not bad!” It’s good! It’s very good! I’ll definitely have this juice again and again. I liked it very much!

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Very good! Normally beet juice can have an earthy flavor, but this was surprisingly sweet and fresh. Try it!