Roasted Golden Beets

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These quick and easy roasted golden beets are baked in Italian spices and lemon which give them a light, acidic, earthy flavor that will make a beet-liever out of anyone!

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Quick and Easy Roasted Golden Beets

These beets have a light flavor that is earthy without being overwhelming – with a slightly nutty, lightly sweet flavor when roasted. They are delicious as a side on their own, or over salads, in wraps, or casseroles!

If you love beets but dont want to look like you have murdered someone after handling them golden beets are for you! They have a milder beet flavor and the color isn’t so extreme. This recipe is quick, easy, and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients for a fantastic result. 

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How to make Roasted Golden Beets

To make this recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Golden beets – golden beets have a milder flavor that traditional red beets. They have a sweet earthy flavor that is a perfect base for roasting. They are dense like regular beets but soften nicely when roasted. 
  • Olive oil – olive oil adds fat and richness to this recipe and also helps keep the beets from sticking to the sheet pan. Use high quality dark olive oil if you can since it has a better deep briny flavor.
  • Oregano – it’s best to use fresh herbs whenever possible. Fresh oregano has the flavor in both the leaves themselves and the oils in the leaves which makes for a light fresh strong flavor.
  • Sea salt – salt is an absolute must in every recipe and here it helps draw the flavor out of the golden beets, enhancing their subtle sweet flavor.
  • Pepper – pepper brings an earthy, spicy kick to dishes that isn’t overpowering, and helps to add dimension and depth to dishes.
  • Lemon – lemon brings acid to the party here which will elevate the earthy flavor of the beets. It helps to juice a lemon at room temperature to get the most juice or roll it on the counter a few times before slicing and juicing. 
  • Lemon zest – zest is lemon’s secret powerhouse. Lemon zest will give the roasted beets a fresh flare when they have cooled from the oven.
  • Chives – chives are a great way to bring an onion and garlic like taste without cooking. They bring a brightness to the beets and a fresh element that you don’t want to miss.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will use the following method:

  • Prep. Line a baking tray with tin foil to make cleanup easier later. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, and spices together then coat the beets. 
  • Roast. Lay the beets out on the baking tray and roast them in the oven. Halfway through the roasting flip the beets on the baking sheet and bake until soft in the center and crispy on the outside. 
  • Season. After the beets are cooled, top them with the zest of the lemon and sprinkle with diced chives.
  • Enjoy!
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Tips and Tricks To Perfect Golden Beets

Making roast golden beets is relatively quick and easy but here are a few tips to make it even more so. 

Use fresh beets. The most important ingredient is the beets themselves so it’s very important to buy fresh beets. You can tell how fresh they are by the greens. The less wilted the leaves, the fresher the beets.

Add cheese. Adding a soft cheese gives the beets a richer flavor. My favorite cheese to use with this recipe is Boursin. It’s a soft cheese that can be found at most grocery stores in the cheese section. Crumbling about 3 tablespoons over the beets after they are cooked will add extra richness. 

FAQs

Can I use regular beets?

Yes, regular beets will have a slightly different flavor (a stronger beet flavor) than golden beets but they can be substituted. I recommend wearing gloves when peeling and cutting regular red beets or you will look like you have blood stained hands for days.

Can I use other seasonings?

Yes, beets lend themselves to a wide variety of spices so feel free to mix it up based on whatever cuisine you are making to go with it. 

Will beets stain my hands?

Golden beets are less staining than red beets – but to prevent staining, we recommend using nitrile gloves when peeling raw beets.

How can I store this recipe?

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days or frozen for up to four months.

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What to Serve With Golden Roasted Beets

Golden beets are amazing with roasted meats like Garlic Baked Pork Tenderloin, Perfect Spatchcocked Turkey, Ribeye Roast, or even Individual Chicken Pot Pies!

We also love to serve beets with other simple vegetarian sides like Air Fryer Potato Chips and Easy Pumpkin Hummus. You can also try tossing it in Vegan Pesto for a bit of a different flavor!

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Roasted Golden Beets

Delicious roasted golden beets with a light Italian seasoning that are perfect in salads, or as a side dish.
Course Side dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword beets, roasted vegetables, side dish, vegan, vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 42kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch golden beets 3 beets, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano leaves
  • ¼ tsp sea salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp fresh grated pepper
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Chives chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. 
  • Mix together the olive oil, oregano leaves, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Set aside 
  • Add the cubed beets to a medium sized bowl. Pour the olive oil mixture over the beets. Mix thoroughly. 
  • Transfer the beets to the baking sheet. Bake about 30 minutes flipping the beets about halfway through. Bake until the beets are crispy. 
  • Once cool, zest the lemon on the beets and top with chives for extra flavor. 
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Enjoy! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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