I love beets. I love them boiled, roasted, pickled, in soup. I love their brilliant burgundy color. I love their subtle sweet flavor. I love their versatility. I love their countless health benefits. I want everyone to love roasted beets as much as I do.
Give these roasted beets a try if you are beet-curious or even beet-averse. Not only do the flavors blend harmoniously together but the colors are so beautiful and vibrant that you can’t help but marvel at the shades of red, pink, orange, maroon.
This dish really accentuates all the wonders roasted beets have to offer, enhanced by blood orange in celebration of citrus season, crisp mint, earthy hazelnuts, and the salty tartness of lemon anchovy dijon. Who could resist?
for the salad
- 1 bunch beets, with greens reserved (use the greens at a later time)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 blood orange, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup loosely packed mint leaves, torn
- ¼ cup hazelnuts
for the vinaigrette
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
- 5 anchovies, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon red or white wine vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Peel and chop the beets into 1-inch-sized pieces. Place the beets on a large piece of foil on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Fold up beets so that they are completely wrapped up in the tin foil. Bake for 45 minutes.
Place hazelnuts on a separate baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes then remove from the oven, let cool, and chop.
Meanwhile, add the chopped anchovies to a bowl and mix in the lemon juice, dijon, and vinegar. Whisk to break down the anchovies. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil in a steady stream while whisking until the dressing has emulsified. Set aside.
Remove the beets from the oven and let cool slightly then transfer to a dish. Scatter with the blood orange slices and mint leaves. Pour the dressing over the dish and top with the toasted hazelnuts.