If your holiday parties seem like seas of hummus. salsas and sour cream dips, consider changing it up with a festive and flavorful tapenade made from canned beets.

Not only is this bright red spread a beautiful addition to a holiday buffet, it also comes together quickly.

An added bonus: It is is low in fat and calories.

Serve it with toasted baguette rounds, bread sticks or pretzels.

Associated Press

Balsamic Beet Tapenade


•2 15-ounce cans beets, drained

•1 medium shallot, chopped

•1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced

•2 tablespoons honey

•Zest of 1 orange

•1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

•1 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

•Toasted baguette rounds, bread sticks or pretzels


In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Process until mostly smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Serve with toasted slices of baguette or other crusty bread, bread sticks or pretzels.

Makes 2 cups.

Nutrition information per 2 tablespoons of tapenade (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 23 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 192 mg sodium.