Overhead view of roasted beets with goat cheese and aged balsamic.
Recipes,  Side Dishes,  Vegetarian

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Aged Balsamic

Ever since I got more adventurous with food, I’ve been trying to get myself to like foods that I didn’t care for- and some that I’ve down right hated. I feel like if I give certain foods plenty of opportunities, maybe I’ll end up being able to enjoy them. So far, this has worked for a lot of things- blue cheese, steak that’s not cooked to death, spicy food, a lot of sushi, salmon (including smoked), tuna, an occasional clam, and even one of my favorite items for the last few years- goat cheese. I’m sure there are more, but I also have a lot that I’m still working on.

I usually pick a “thing” or two to work on at a time. So right now one of my “things” is beets. I never really cared for them- they tasted, well… like dirt. But I’ve tried them in salads a few times at fancy restaurants and have realized that they can actually be tasty! So I bought some beets from the farmers’ market and came up with a nice side dish. It turned out really good! Beets work incredibly well with goat cheese, and a few simple ingredients here really make a sophisticated addition to any meal.

Overhead view of roasted beets with goat cheese and aged balsamic.

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Aged Balsamic
Ashley Covelli

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Trim greens off of beets and wrap each in a small piece of foil. Roast for 1 hour. Slice beets and arrange on plate. Top with fleur de sal, freshly cracked black pepper, crumbled goat cheese, a good extra virgin olive oil and some aged balsamic. Sprinkle with chives and enjoy!

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Katy ~

    I’ve always loved beets though you are not the first person I’ve heard describing beets as tasting like dirt LOL!

    This looks very good, and very upscalish!

  • chefchipdes

    I make a sauce to go with salmon using beets and raspberry-flavored balsamic vinegar. You have no idea!

    I really like your idea of adding goat cheese to your beets. I can taste that right now, thinking about it!

  • Ashley


    chefchipdes – Do you use a recipe for that dish? It sounds awesome! Salmon is another one of the things I’m trying to love 🙂

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