ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Roasted Red and Golden Beet Salad

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 1 hr, 35 mins

Serves 6 (serving size: 2/3 cup watercress and about 8 beet wedges)

This composed two-toned beet salad is a showstopping way to highlight the vegetable's natural beauty. We recommend dressing the red beets separately from the golden beets to preserve each one's rich jewel coloring (red beets aren't shy about spreading their natural beauty around).


  • 1 pound red beets (about 3 medium beets), trimmed
  • 1 pound golden beets (about 3 medium beets), trimmed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chopped watercress
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 149
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 4.6 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 16 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 242 mg
  • calcium 66 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Wrap beets in foil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until tender. Remove beets from oven; remove from foil. Cool.

  3. Combine oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour half of oil mixture into a separate medium bowl. Spread watercress over a large serving platter.

  4. Remove skin from cooled beets; cut each beet into 8 wedges. Add red beets to one bowl of oil mixture; toss to combine. Add yellow beets to other bowl of oil mixture; toss to combine. Arrange beet wedges over watercress; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and cheese. Drizzle with any remaining vinaigrette from bowl used to dress golden beets.