Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette

March 6, 2012

Golden and Red Beet Salad with Anise Vinaigrette

These colorful roots are never more delicious than when prepared simply. Here they’re baked until perfectly tender and dressed with a delightful anise-flavored vinaigrette.

When crushed in a mortar, the anise seeds impart a delicate licorice-essence to the beets, making this unfussy salad a tad exotic.

Serve this beet duo as a first course or side vegetable, or as part of a tapas spread.

Either way, they’re as delectable to the palate as they are pleasing to the eye.

Golden and red beet salad with anise vinaigrette

Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette

serves 4
active time: 20 min

For the vinaigrette

  1. 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (preferably 50 years old)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom honey
  3. 1 shallot – skinned and finely chopped
  4. 1 teaspoon anise seeds – crushed in a mortar
  5. 3 tablespoons Spanish extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  7. freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the beets

  1. 3 medium baked red beetroots
  2. 3 medium baked golden beetroots
  1. fresh parsley leaves as garnish

  1. Step 1: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, shallots, anise seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper until well blended. Set aside.
  2. Step 2: Peel and cut beets in 1/2″ cubes. Place the red beets in one bowl and the golden beets in another. Drizzle each bowl with half the vinaigrette and toss well. Let stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. To serve, transfer each beet mixture into its own serving bowl. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves and serve.

salad, beet, anise
© 2014 Viviane Bauquet Farre Food & Style NY LLC

Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

El March 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I’m looking forward to trying this vinaigrette. Lovely.

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Ridwan March 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

I never have golden beets,the vinaigrette sound really good and flavorful !!

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Lacy @ NYCityEats March 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

Gorgeous! I agree, beets simply prepared are delicious. This vinaigrette sounds amazing! Beautiful photos.

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Evelyne@cheapethniceatz March 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Oh !!! anise-flavored vinaigrette, that sounds really great. Clever flavor combo.

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Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) March 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

this sounds like an absolutely lovely dish!

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Kiri W. March 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Looks lovely! I very much like using anise seed.
You should be the new beet spokeswoman! :)

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Viviane March 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Kiri! You make me smile… I’m happy to be the “beet queen”! So very glad you like anise.

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Liz March 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

What an incredibly lovely dish. I have beets waiting in my vegetable drawer…and I think I even have some anise seed :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake March 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I will need to try beets with anise! I am in love with them already, but that would be a heavenly accompaniment to a dressing for them!

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Anita at Hungry Couple March 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I love beets…red, golden, etc. Roasted and simply dressed equals delicious!

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Treat and Trick March 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

Not only these are colorful but good for our health! Gorgeous photos!

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Suzi March 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

Viviane these beets look beautiful. I love beets but I haven’t been able to find the gold ones. Lovely viniagrette as well. Hoep you are having a wonderfu day.

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Steve @ the black peppercorn March 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Wonderful pictures- I love the bowls! Anise is such a great flavour enhancer for so many different dishes and I am sure it is wonderful with these beets. Very nice Viviane!

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Corina March 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

L’d love to try golden beets. I’ve never been lucky enough to actually come across any. I bet the anise gives it a lovely fresh flavour.

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Nava Krishnan March 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

Simply gorgeous and I am the number one supporter of beets. Gonna make this at home to be enjoyed.

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Ansh March 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

Everything just seems perfect in this recipe. The roasting, the colors, the anise seeds, honey..

It looks divine.

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RisaG March 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Not a fan of beets but the picture is really beautiful. Congrats on the Top 9.

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

Love beets and so curious to taste that delicious anise vinaigrette :)

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Reem | Simply Reem March 10, 2012 at 1:11 am

Gorgeous!!!
i love the vinaigrette recipe….
The beets look beautiful, I totally agree that with beet simplicity is the best way to go…

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Ann March 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

These are absolutely stunning! What a lovely recipe and beautiful photos!

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Gourmantine March 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Even though I’m not a very big fan of beets, I have to say these look exceptionally inviting!

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mjskit March 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of beets but I would be willing to try the golden beets (which I’ve never tried) with your awesome vinaigrette! Love the orange blossom honey and crushed anise seed! YUM! I bet that vinaigrette would be quite tasty on other types of roasted veggies, like parsnips maybe? Beautiful photos!

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Nancy Long March 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

yum, I love beets

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Angie@Angie's Recipes March 31, 2012 at 12:39 am

I had a simple salad made with roasted red beet yesterday and it was so fresh, pleasant and unbelievably tasty (my husband had different opinion though).
Yours look incredibly delicious! I am going to look for some golden one to try too!

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Deb March 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I’m enticed by the anise seed vinaigrette! An aromatic pairing with roasted beets for a refreshing and simple side dish.

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Donna Ford April 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

We all love beets. Thanks for your recipe. I look forward to trying your vinaigrette!

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