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Red and Gold Beet Salad

by Nick

I can’t even believe this but I used to hate beets. Ok. Maybe not hate. But I seriously disliked them. What I’ve learned though over the years is that my beef wasn’t with beets. It was with beet preparation!

Turns out I just don’t really like pickled beets or canned beets.

But roasted beets? That’s another story! Roasting them makes them kind of sweet and they have a great texture. This is one of those salads that’s completely simple but will really impress people.

It’s especially impressive if you can do it without staining your hands!

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Ingredients

  • 3 large red beets
  • 3 large golden beets
  • 2-3 Cups of arugula
  • Goat Cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Pistachios, optional
  • A pinch of salt, flaky sea salt or kosher salt would be best

Directions

1) Chop off stems of beets and give them a quick scrub to remove any large pieces of dirt.  Set beets on a baking dish and bake for 60 minutes at 400 degrees.  The beets should be very tender all the way through.

If the beets are hard at all, roast for another 15 minutes.

2) Let the beets cool for 10 minutes or so when they come out of the oven and then use a peeler or paring knife to peel the beets.

3) Slice the beets thinly (about 1/8 inch thick) and lay beets on a bed of arugula or spinach.  Top with chopped pistachios, crumbled goat cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

4) You could also serve on individual plates, but I like to serve it as one large platter.

Roasting the Beets

There really is only one step to this salad which is: Roast the beets. It’s pretty obvious what to do after that.

The thing about beets is that they grow in the ground. That means they are fairly dirty little things when you get them.

beets raw

Dirty little things.

Even before roasting them, I like to clean them up a bit. I’m not sure it’s completely necessary because you peel them after you roast them anyway, but I cut off the stems and bottom root and give them a quick scrub.

Then just toss them on a baking sheet!

NOTE: Don’t throw away the beet greens! You can cook them just like you would spinach. They are really delicious sauteed with a bit of garlic and olive oil.

ready to roast

Ready to roast!

These will need to roast for about 60 minutes at 400 degrees. Yes. That’s a long time, but these guys are sturdy! The long roasting time really helps concentrate the flavors!

If you’re in a hurry, you can also boil the beets, but I find that they aren’t as flavorful when they’ve been boiled.

You’ll know they are done because you should be able to easily pierce through them with a paring knife. If the beet flesh is hard at all, then roast them for another 15 minutes.

These will be really hot when they come out of the oven so let them cool for a few minutes before trying to peel them.

peeling

A knife is the best way here.

Peeling the Beets

When it comes to peeling beets, I prefer a good paring knife over any kind of peeler. Beet skin tends to be kind of thick and it always gets stuck in my peeler. Then I get annoyed and throw my peeler out the window.

So I just use a knife. If you hold the paring knife in between your forefinger and your thumb you can just slide the blade around the beet, easily peeling off the skin.

You’ll be left with little orbs of deliciousness.

Luckily, the golden variety won’t stain your hands, but the red variety most certainly will. So if you’re opposed to having red hands for a day or two, you might want to wear some gloves. Honestly, I’m too lazy for that though. I just wash my hands right away after I peel/slice them and the stain fades pretty quickly.

peeled

Wear gloves if you don’t want to be caught red-handed.

I like to serve this on a really large platter. Put down a good bed of arugula (you could also use spinach). Then slice your beets and arrange them in some pretty pattern. Remember that if your red beets touch your golden beets, your golden beets will turn red!

sliced

Great colors!

To finish off the dish, drizzle on a bit of olive oil, sprinkle it with a pinch of kosher or sea salt, crumble up some goat cheese on top, and if you’re feeling ambitious, toss on some chopped pistachios!

finished salad

Nothing too complicated.

So obviously the one thing about this salad is that while it’s a really simple salad to make, it does take some time just because the beets need to roast. It’d be perfect for a weekend dinner party though or maybe even for a picnic!

I do believe this salad could turn almost anyone into a beet liker. I won’t be as ambitious to say beet lover. But definitely a beet liker.

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13 comments on “Red and Gold Beet Salad

  1. I know that boiled beets will usually just "slip" out of their skins; does this not happen when roasting them, that you have to cut the skins off roasted beets?

    1. Mmm… you definitely need some help peeling them when roasted. They won't just slip out like that. They aren't hard to peel though. The skin is just kind of thick so I prefer a knife over a peeler.

  2. I love all of these ingredients, s0 this looks awesome.

    When I roast beets I just rub the peel off with a paper towel. I do roast them covered with foil or in a foil packet (Martha Stewart-style), so maybe the steam is what makes the skins come off so easily.

  3. Were we separated at birth, Nick? Your feta experience was similar to mine as you commented today. My beets experience matches yours! And I got around my dislike for them when Marion roasted some beets and made a salad not unlike this one, complete with golden beets. Beautiful pictures!

  4. I grew up eating those slimy canned beets – blecch. But since discovering fresh beets I've learned to love them. Roasted are the best. Great post, delicious looking salad.

  5. Beautiful photos. Wish we got golden beets but will have to make do with red. I make a similar salad and it's one of my husband's favorites. Like the use of pistachios, another favorite.

  6. This looks REALLY yummy!

    I'm still kind of up in the air over roasted beets. I found an article online that suggested slicing/cubing/whatevering them BEFORE you roast them so that they get all nice and caramelized. Once I tried them that way I was at least willing to keep trying them that way! I wonder if it would still look as pretty though?!?

    Also, I got on to beets because of a Martha Stewart recipe for pickled raw beets. The thought of boiling beets conjures up that horrid smell and squishy slimy beet mush and reminds me of my gramma in a bad way. But with the raw pickles they're crisp and delicious! If you haven't tried pickled raw beets you might want to! My 5yo requested them as a dish for his birthday party and will ask for them as "dessert"!!!

  7. Made this tonight. The combination of beets & goat cheese is to die for (especially when you have access to local goat cheese like I do!). I’m not sold on arugula, tho… I think it dominates the flavor a bit too much. Next time, I think I’ll use spinach instead and let the flavor of the beets shine a bit more. :) Great recipe, thanks!

  8. Have you tried quenching the roasted beets in ice water right out of the pan? I’ve heard that 1. it seals in the sugar & 2. they peel easier (like the boiling method). I may try today and I’ll let you know my results if I do.

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