Heart Beet Rawvioli with Pesto Oil

This recipe came from chef Sarah Britton at www.rawfoodrecipes.com.

Sarah Britton was a bit skeptical to give a traditionally cooked recipe a raw makeover, but we’re glad she decided to take the plunge because the outcome is absolutely delicious! Rich, creamy pine nut “cheese” in between thinly sliced light, crispy beet root. Finish the recipe off with a light drizzle of pesto oil, and serve them atop a bed of fresh micro greens or arugula. The meal is complete! You can use any variety of beets for this recipe, including striped, red, or yellow. Beets are highly detoxifying and are a great addition to your daily diet for gentle liver support.


3 – 4 large beetroots (red, golden, or candy stripe beets)

juice of ½ lemon

1 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

Pine Nut “Cheese”

Pesto Oil

extra virgin olive oil, smoked sea salt, and chives for garnish

Pine Nut “Cheese”

1 cup pine nuts, soaked

1 Tbsp. minced shallot

2 Tbsp. minced chives

2 tsp.  nutritional yeast

zest of one lemon

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

a couple pinches of smoked salt, to taste (regular sea salt is fine)

Pesto Oil

1 large clove garlic, minced

3 Tbsp. minced chives

1/3 cup packed basil leaves

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. water

½ tsp. agave or raw liquid honey

pinch of sea salt


1. Begin by cutting the ends of the beets, then peel them. Using a mandolin slicer or a very sharp knife, slice the beets as thinly as possible (this can be fiddly, so take your time.) When you have a bunch of slices, use a cookie cutter to make heart shapes. Alternatively, stack the beet slices and cut the rounded edges off to turn them into squares.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the juice of half a lemon, one and a half tablespoons of olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt. Add the prepared beet slices and toss to coat. Marinate for 1-2 hours.

3. Place about a teaspoon of Pine Nut “Cheese” on one beet slice, then top with another. Repeat until you have the amount of Rawviolis you desire.

4. Drizzle some Green Pesto Oil and extra virgin olive oil over top. Garnish with chives and smoked sea salt.  Serve immediately.

Pine Nut “Cheese”

1. Soak pine nuts in water for at least 1 hour. Drain and rinse well.

2. In a food processor, place all ingredients and blend on high to mix. The consistency should be somewhat grainy and thick – like a heavy paste similar to goat cheese.

Pesto Oil

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend on high to mix. The pesto oil should be quite fluid and runny.



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