beautiful Chioggia Beet Carpaccio

Don’t you just love the look of this dish? 

chioggia beet carpaccio

For once you can forget about how to plate dishes professionally as the bright pink colour and white spirals throughout make any dish colourful and appealing.

What are candy cane beets?

Chioggia beets originate from a small town in Northern Italy and have been popular since the 19th century. They are also called candy stripe beets or candy cane just like the Christmas candy.

Because these beets mature very early, the flavour is milder than the ‘standard’ red beets, and they need less cooking time. All these qualities, together with the beautiful spiral and colour, make it the perfect vegetable to make a fancy looking festive dish. Chioggia beet carpaccio is the perfect vegetarian alternative to traditional beef carpaccio. 

Use a mandoline to thinly slice the beets crosswise to optimise the pattern. Keep the slices for 5 minutes in iced water as this will keep them crispy for longer. Lay them on a plate and drizzle with a generous amount of the vinegar mixture. Finish with gremolata and serve.

chioggia beet carpaccio

Chioggia Beet Carpaccio

They are also called candy stripe beets or candy cane just like the Christmas candy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Appetisers & Starters, Vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 147 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



  • Add all ingredients for the marinade to a cooking pot and boil for 3 minutes. Then cool.
    ingredients for the marinade
  • Peel the Chioggia beets and slice thinly.
    slicing chioggia beet carpaccio
  • Arrange the beet slices on a plate and generously drizzle the cold marinade over it.
    plating chioggia beet carpaccio
  • Finish with a garnish of herbs of your choice.
    chioggia beet carpaccio

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 15gSodium: 4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword beetroot, chioggia beets, mandoline
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Highlights of candy cane beets

Chioggia beet carpaccio is an excellent recipe for using candy cane beets. Whilst the finished dish looks absolutely spectacular, it is also super easy to prepare.

If you would like to feel like a gourmet chef, and serve something special for your next gathering, these lovely striped beets with tasty marinade will be perfect.


  1. 5 stars
    Love this! The pattern of the beets is so pretty and it would be a great fancy appetizer to have when we have vegan friends over! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Thanks, Perfect for the festive dinners! Bon appétit!

  2. Grace This Place says:

    I’ve never seen a recipe like this! I definitely will have to try it!!

    1. It’s easy and quickly to make. Bon appétit!

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