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How to Roast Beets

Sharon Palmer

Beets, whether deep red-purple or golden yellow, are one of the best finds at the farmers market or supermarket. They are also really easy to grow in your garden, and are suited for numerous growing regions. One of the best ways to prepare them is to simply roast them as an easy, flavorful side dish. Just follow my easy step-by-step guide for how to roast beets.

Try a variety of beets, such as pink, gold or red.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Trim the greens of the beets, reserving them for sautéing later on.
Scrub the beets really well with a vegetable brush, trim bottoms and tops. Do not peel.
Slice the beets thinly with a sharp knife.
Place in a baking dish in a thin layer.
Squeeze one lemon for juice.
Combine lemon juice with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a small dish.
Add salt.
Add freshly ground black pepper.
Whisk together with a fork.
Drizzle vinaigrette over sliced beets.
Roast at 400 F for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.
Stir about halfway through roasting. Remove from oven when done.
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Roasted Beets (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


It’s easy to roast beets—just wash them, slice them, and drizzle with lemon and EVOO. Voila, an amazing side dish!



  • 1 bunch (5 beets) fresh beets, gold, pink or red
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Trim the beet greens and reserve them for later—they are delicious cooked as you would any leafy green. Scrub the surface of the beets with a vegetable brush, trim away rough spots with a paring knife, and slice thinly.
  3. Place beets in a baking dish.
  4. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper (as desired) in a small dish.
  5. Drizzle the vinaigrette over beets.
  6. Roast at 400 F on the top rack of the oven for about 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until tender and golden brown. Makes 2 servings.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 160 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 3 g

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