These Orange Balsamic Beets are a lovely vegan dish that will serve a crowd! They are an elegant Whole30 side dish, but they’re extremely low-maintenance and simple!
Remember when I said I used to dislike beets? Yeah, me neither.
Just kidding! I used to hate beets with a passion . . . I said they tasted like dirt. The only way my parents could get me to eat them was by blending them into pancake batter. I still remember those pink pancakes! I’m sharing a recipe for beet-colored crepes in February (to celebrate Valentine’s Day), so get excited! They have coconut whipped cream and raspberries, and they are SO GOOD! And no, they don’t taste like beets. They taste like crepes.
These orange balsamic beets, however? They taste like beets, in a good way! I am here to tell you that beets can taste good, especially when they are cut into small pieces (to expose the maximum amount of surface area), mixed with balsamic and orange flavors, and baked until crispy!
Crispy beets = the only way to eat beets. See these baked beet chips with garlic-lemon chive dip. <– Those chips were so good, they almost made up for slicing off a quarter of my pinky finger with a mandoline. Almost.
Speaking of beet chips, my mom and I tried to make beet chips last week. Annnnnnd . . . we burned them. All of them. But that’s okay, because we still have about a pound of beets in our fridge! I’m thinking of making a salad from Sprouted Kitchen’s cookbook, Bowl + Spoon, with a beet-walnut puree on the bottom. It looks divine!
So, back to these orange balsamic beets. The rest of my family is kind of ho-hum about them, so I had all of these to myself. You know what I did with them? I ate the whole batch in two days. That’s a pound of beets, people! If that’s not proof of my love for beets, I don’t know what is!
I love this recipe because it’s so versatile and simple. The flavors of orange and balsamic pair perfectly with the beets, and the crispy texture is just perfect! There are no animal products in this recipe, so it’s accidentally vegan (although if you want to add some goat cheese, I won’t tell). In keeping with Healthy January/Whole30, it’s also 100% Paleo and sugar-free! It’s perfect for any and all diets, unless you have an aversion to beets for some crazy reason.
If you do have an aversion to beets, try these. They just might change your mind!