How to Cook Beets (Plus an Awesome Roasted Beet Salad Recipe!)

We host a local farm share pick up each week, and every time that beets are included, many share members leave them behind. And I get it — it wasn’t that long ago that I had never eaten a beet (let alone cooked one!)

The red globes can be intimidating & weird, especially when the greens are attached. Like WHAT am I even supposed to do with these things?!

Feeling sorry for the bin of stranded beets (and those of you that are missing out on this goodness!), I wanted to share a simple recipe, and the easiest, best way to prepare these bad boys.

So, how do I cook a beet?

If you feel confident baking a potato, you will crush this.

Preheat oven to 400*

Line a basking sheet with parchment paper.

If your beets have greens, cut them off at the base.

Give your beets a good scrub under running water to remove any excess soil.

Rub each beet with olive oil & sea salt, placing on the lined baking dish as you go.

Pop into the oven & set the timer for 45 minutes! You’ll know they’re done when a fork slides out smooth — just like baking a potato!

To prepare, allow time to cool (these can be roasted up to 5 days ahead of time!). Slice curly root off of the bottom, and, if desired, slice off the skin.

Slice into rounds, or cube, to toss onto salads, eat alongside your favorite protein, or with other roasted veggies & grains.


Best Ever Beet Salad

Be prepared to blow your mind. When strawberries aren’t in season, try unsweetened dried cherries!!

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What You’ll Need:

For the dressing:

¼ c olive oil

¼ c balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp honey, local to your area

Salt & pepper to taste

For the salad:

1 bunch fresh red or golden beets, roasted & sliced

½ pound baby spinach

8 ounces soft goat cheese

1 cup walnuts

1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced

Roast beets using directions above!

While they roast, combine ingredients for dressing in a jar. Shake to mix!

Divide salad ingredients equally into (4) separate containers for easy grab and go throughout the week OR combine all ingredients in one large bowl to share.

Toss with dressing just before serving.

Serves 4


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