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balsamic roasted beets with goat cheese, walnuts, parsley

20+ Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes, Including Balsamic Roasted Beets

This roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts is simple, healthy, and lightly tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It's the perfect salad or vegetable side dish!
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword beets, goat cheese, walnuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 6 medium-large beets (2 bunches)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, like parsley, dill, or chives

Balsamic Dressing:


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove greens, stems, and rough ends of beets. With a vegetable peeler, remove skins and cut into ~1-inch chunks.
  • In a large bowl, toss beets with olive oil and salt until evenly coated. Spread beets onto lined baking sheet, ensuring space in between each piece. Cook in the oven for 30-35 minutes, tossing once halfway through. Beets are done once they are fork-tender.
  • While beets cook, make balsamic dressing by adding ingredients into a small jar and shaking vigorously.
  • Once beets are cooked, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Transfer beets to a bowl and toss with balsamic dressing. Sprinkle beets with crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, and freshly chopped herbs. Enjoy!


*Recipe will make 4 small servings or 2 large ones. Serve beets alongside your favourite protein, add to grain bowls, or use as a salad topper!
*While best enjoyed fresh, leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. Reheat in the microwave or enjoy cold! If possible, I would recommend adding the walnuts and goat cheese fresh, right before eating.
*Do not let those beet greens go to waste! Simply wash them and use as you would other leafy greens. I love sautéing them in a pan with olive oil, salt, and garlic powder. By doing this, you will get 2 yummy side dishes out of one vegetable :)