Beautiful golden beets are roasted whole in the oven, then sliced up and served with goat cheese and fresh parsley. A simple, delicious, and nutritious side dish!

Close up of a plate of golden beets with goat cheese and parsley on a white marble background

As a Registered Dietitian, I love to create delicious recipes with less popular, lesser loved vegetables. Beets totally don’t get the recognition they deserve! They are affordable, easy to prepare, versatile, and have a ton of nutrition benefits.

Golden beets (aka yellow beets) are arguably more beautiful than red beets. Just look how bright and sunny they look on the plate! These golden whole roasted beets are sliced up and served simply with a drizzle of olive oil, goat cheese, and parsley. A perfect healthy and light side dish for any meal!

This golden beets recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, and serves about 4 people as a side.

Ingredients in roasted golden beets

Here’s everything you need to make this recipe:

  • Large golden beets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Goat cheese
  • Fresh parsley

Kitchen tools needed

To make this recipe, you will need some aluminum foil (enough to wrap each of the beets) and a ceramic baking dish.

Different types of beets

Beets come in all different sizes and shades! There are three main types of beets you will find at grocery stores or farmers markets.

  • Red beets are the most commonly found beets. They have a deep purple and pink color with a sweet and earthy flavor.
  • Golden beets, or yellow beets, have a bright and sunny golden color. Their flavor is similar to red beets, but they are definitely more mild and less earthy.
  • Chioggia beets are perhaps the most fun of all. Their coloring is pink and white striped, so they have the appearance of a candy cane! Serve them raw to retain their fun pattern, because the stripes tend to disappear when cooked.

For this recipe, you can use any type of beet you have available to you, if you are unable to find golden beets!

Hand holding up a bunch of golden beets against a light grey backdrop

Golden beets vs red beets

Golden beets and red beets are quite similar overall. Red beets tend to be sweeter and taste more earthy than golden beets. Nutritionally, there are no major differences between golden beets and red beets. Both types are very healthy!

How to roast beets

My favorite way to cook beets is to roast them whole in the oven. Using this method, you avoid peeling and cutting hard, raw beets, making for easier prep and clean up!

  1. Cut off the leaves and stems from the beets.
  2. Give the beets a good scrub with a clean sponge, then pat them dry.
  3. Wrap each beet individually in aluminum foil. Before wrapping, drizzle the beets with olive oil and add a pinch of salt.
  4. Fill a ceramic baking dish with 1 inch of water. Place the foil-wrapped beets in the dish.
  5. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 1 hour, until the beets can be easily pierced with a fork.
  6. Let the beets cool, then remove the skin by rubbing the tin foil on the beets. The skin should scrape right off! Any remaining skin can be easily peeled off with a paring knife.

What to serve with beets

This roasted golden beets with goat cheese recipe is a delicious, light side dish to serve with any meal! Pair beets with salmon, shrimp, cod, or keep it plant-based with tofu or tempeh.

You can slice up the roasted beets into smaller pieces and toss them with a salad.

Can I prepare roasted golden beets in advance?

Yes! Beets keep well in the fridge once they are cooked. I recommend roasting the beets and slicing them, and storing them in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

When you are ready to eat this dish, add the goat cheese, parsley, and olive oil. Simple and easy!

Plate of roasted golden beets topped with goat cheese and parsley on a striped towel with a gold fork

Golden/yellow beets nutrition benefits

Golden beets are highly nutritious! Nutritionally, they do not vary much from red beets. One cup of beets provides a ton of nutrients, including:

  • 3.8 grams of dietary fiber (14 percent of your daily needs)
  • 2.2 grams of plant-based protein
  • 148.24 mcg folate (37 percent of your daily needs)
  • 6.7 mg Vitamin C (7 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.447 mg manganese (19 percent of your daily needs)
  • 442 mg potassium (9 percent of your daily needs)

Beets are loaded with antioxidants, which fight inflammation and keep our cells healthy. In addition, beets contain a compound called dietary nitrates. Nitrates are converted to nitric oxide in the body, which can have blood pressure lowering effects. Nitrates may also help improve athletic performance.

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Plate of roasted golden beets with goat cheese and parsley on a grey backdrop

Roasted Golden Beets with Goat Cheese

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: side dish
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Beautiful golden beets are roasted whole in the oven, then sliced up and served with goat cheese and fresh parsley. A simple, delicious, and nutritious side dish!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 large golden beets
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp curly parsley, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Fill an 8″x8″ ceramic baking dish with 1 inch of water. Set aside.
  2. Cut off stems and leaves from the beets. Scrub the beets under running water with a clean sponge.
  3. Pat the beets dry.
  4. Wrap each beet individually in a square of aluminum foil. Before wrapping them up, add a drizzle of olive oil and a generous pinch of Kosher salt.
  5. Place the foil wrapped beets in the baking dish with water.
  6. Roast in the oven for 1 hour – 1 hour 20 minutes, until the beets are easily pierced with a fork.
  7. When the beets are cool enough to handle, unwrap them. You can use the foil to rub off the skin. Any remaining skin can be easily removed using a paring knife.
  8. Slice the beets into thin rounds. Arrange on a serving plate and add the goat cheese, parsley, a glug of olive oil, and a pinch of Kosher salt.

Notes

What to serve with beets

This roasted golden beets with goat cheese recipe is a delicious, light side dish to serve with any meal! Pair beets with salmon, shrimp, cod, or keep it plant-based with tofu or tempeh.

You can slice up the roasted beets into smaller pieces and toss them with a salad.

Can I prepare roasted golden beets in advance?

Yes! Beets keep well in the fridge once they are cooked. I recommend roasting the beets and slicing them, and storing them in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

When you are ready to eat this dish, add the goat cheese, parsley, and olive oil. Simple and easy!

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