Salads

Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette

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

You Might Also Like

30 Comments

  • Reply El March 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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

  • Reply Ridwan March 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

    this sounds like an absolutely lovely dish!

  • Reply 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! :)

    • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

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

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

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

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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply RisaG March 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

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

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

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

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply Ann March 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Nancy Long March 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    yum, I love beets

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Donna Ford April 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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

  • Question or comment? I'd love to hear from you!

    Join Viviane's mailing list