Beet Dye and Pink Deviled Eggs

House things seem to become your life once you are a homeowner.  There are always little projects in the middle of the big projects (painting) that need to be tended too.  I cannot imagine the projects we would be dealing with if we had moved into a “fixer-up”.  We did manage to squeeze in some fun time, and played with coloring some eggs in honor of the upcoming Easter holiday over the weekend.

Dying Easter eggs was a highlight as a kid, and a dozen was never enough.  The older we got, the better we got at it, and the more eggs would end up being hard-boiled in order to full-fill our artist desires.   When I started coloring eggs with MEM, I started thinking about the process more and more, especially when I would see dye seeping into slightly cracked eggs.  They say it is harmless;  but is it really.  Then we started talking about the process.  If, we had kids would we do it differently?  Or would we be too busy, and just pick up a little pack of egg dye at the store?  It is hard to say, and we don’t have the answers.  But, I like to try to make a difference, at least a small one.

The topic of dye turned into a discussion about how we both love deviled eggs.  Creamy.  Tart.  A little savory.  So … the playing began.  While some eggs were hard-boiling away on the stove, we worked on our “healthy” dye.  We took some beats, scrubbed them, chopped them, and put them into a pan of water that had been splashed with some white vinegar, then let is simmer on the stove for an hour, to extract all that gorgeous pink.  After our dye was cooled, we added our peeled hard boiled eggs to the colorful bath and let them soak.  The result was gorgeous hot pink eggs.  It was such a fun process that we are thinking of trying other veggies as well, maybe different beet colors, spinach, carrots … endless possibilities.  The deviled part was simple …. yolks, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, a touch of cayenne pepper and a sprinkle of maldon salt.

It was the perfect afternoon lunch with my Let’s Lunch friends, all I had to do was add a sparkling glass of rose to go along with it.  Be sure to check out other eggy items that the Let’s Lunch friends are bringing to the table on Friday:  (will update on Friday as they roll in)

A Tiger in In the Kitchen – Chai Poh Scramble:  Easter, Singapore Style 

Hapa Mama – Scrambled Eggs and Tomatoes

A Cook and Her Books – Old-Fashioned Boiled Dressing (& Chicken Salad)

Zest Bakery – Gluten-Free Leek, Ham & Pecorino Souffles

Dreaming of Pots & Pans – Eggs In A Hole

Burnt-Out Baker – Perfect Sandwich

Joe Yonan – Kim-Chi Deviled Eggs

Free Range Cookies – Home-made Cadbury Eggs (Maple Chocolate Eggs)

Spicebox Travels – Taiwanese Tomato Eggs

Monday Morning Cooking Club – Legendary Egg & Onion

Hot Curries and Cold – Beer Bombay Toasts (Spicy French Toasts)










  1. well those are just too pretty!!!!

  2. i love how that napkin pulls out exactly the colors of the beet dyed exteriors and creamy yellow interior. sounds and looks amazing and i love the natural coloring attempt!

    btw, in the recipe one of the ingredients is “watertgr.” should it just be water?

    thanks for sharing the recipe. Will have to do drinks soon. :)

  3. Those are some righteous pink deviled eggs. Glorious!

  4. When I was little, it always disappointed me that my pretty Easter eggs turned out to be just regular white boiled eggs underneath. You’ve solved that problem — these are very cool!

  5. Love the idea of dying the peeled eggs. Going to make these with some beet root powder I’ve been meanIng to try. Thanks for the idea!

  6. What a gorgeous idea. I’ve been making deviled eggs since I as a child, and never thought of how they could be more wonderful. You did! I’m eager to make these, and picnic season is just ahead. So glad I found your blog, thanks to Lets Lunch.

  7. Stunning, truly stunning. Love that pink ring!

  8. phyllis says:

    I tried it with beet powder they turned pick but the next day they were gray colored, are you familiar with using beet powder, should i have used vinegar with it.

  9. Hi Phyllis, we have never used beet powder, so I am not sure what to tell you. I know they didn’t turn gray when fresh beets were used. Maybe something in the process of turning to powder. Hope you try it out again as it is a lovely recipe.


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