Beets With Balsamic-Orange Dressing

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

I recently made a duck recipe with a divine glaze, and was inspired to create this recipe. Beets are an under-appreciated vegetable. Roasting enhances their natural sweetness. This would be a nice accompaniment to roast chicken or pork.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs beets, try to pick similarly sized ones
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 14 cup port wine
  • 13 cup orange juice
  • 13 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Directions

  1. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place the scrubbed beets in the pan, cover with foil, and roast in a 400°F oven until they can be easily pierced, about 1 hour. (Or, you can wrap each beet in foil.).
  2. While beets are roasting, mix together all remaining ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Peel and trim roasted beets. Grate on the large holes of a grater into a big bowl. Pour the warm dressing over the warm shredded beets - you may not need all the dressing.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  5. Note: I generally have around 1/3 cup dressing left. I add 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic and use it to glaze pork chops or squash or sweet potatoes that I am roasting.
Most Helpful

The family really enjoyed this...I love beets but never made them fresh...always used canned...what a lovely "RED" experience this was. It took exactly 1 hour for the beets to get tender...I used fresh thyme and served it at room temperature. This paired well with Roast Pork With Maple and Mustard Glaze...Thanks for posting it...:)

teresas July 02, 2012

We enjoyed this salad very much and I would do it again.
I boiled the sauce until it was reduced to half volume and we didn't have leftovers!
I used fresh oranges, dried thyme (fresh only for decoration), dark balsamic vinegar and dijon moutarde with grains.
My family was happy with this salda.
I recommend to try this salad also to all those who usually doesn't like beets!
Thanks a lot for this posting!

awalde January 28, 2012

Made this primarily as a side dish but can certainly see the dressing going especially well with sweet potatoes! Many thanks for a really great keeper recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike December 30, 2009