Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette

Baked golden and red beets 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 salad 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.

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Golden beets

Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette


4 servings

Prep time

20 minutes


  • For the vinaigrette
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons aged sherry vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom honey

  • 1 shallot – skinned and finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds – crushed in a mortar

  • 3 tablespoons Spanish extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • For the beets
  • 3 medium baked red beetroots

  • 3 medium baked golden beetroots

  • Italian parsley leaves as garnish


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, shallots, anise seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper until well blended. Set aside.
  • Peel and cut beets in 1/2″ cubes or 1/2″ slices. 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 the parsley leaves and serve.
Baked golden and red beets with anise vinaigrette


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  6. Donna Ford

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. yum, I love beets

  10. 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!

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

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

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

  14. Love beets and so curious to taste that delicious anise vinaigrette 🙂

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

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

    It looks divine.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

  26. this sounds like an absolutely lovely dish!

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

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

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

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

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