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Balsamic Roasted Beets and Carrots with Blue Cheese

6 Servings

1 hour 30 minutes active

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This simple root vegetable dish is easy to prepare yet yields striking results, making it a perfect addition to the holiday table. The beets and carrots are roasted in separate foil packets to accommodate different cooking times. To amplify the vegetables’ naturally sweet, earthy notes, we mix caramelly dates into the beet wedges before baking and enclose an entire head of garlic, cut in half, in the packet with the carrots. When the garlic is soft and creamy, we mash the cloves and use them in a tangy-sweet balsamic-honey vinaigrette laced with plenty of fresh thyme. Salty-sharp blue cheese completes the colorful dish. If you’re able to find rainbow carrots, the mix of colors makes for an especially stunning presentation.




Don’t roast the beets unpeeled. For this recipe, we find it better to peel them while raw so they can be dressed while hot, allowing them to absorb some of the seasonings so each bite is deeply flavored.

1 hour

30 minutes active


  • pounds medium (2 to 2 ½ inches in diameter) red or golden beets, peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges

  • ½

    cup pitted dates, halved lengthwise


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Judith Y.
March 20, 2024
Beautiful, flavorful, colorful dish
I made this with a combo of red and golden beets and rainbow carrots. It was gorgeous and delicious. Next time, I think I'll throw some toasted walnuts on top for a little crunch.
Sue B.
April 5, 2023
Surprisingly good side dish
I made this yesterday - the resulting dish was delicious and beautiful. I was out of fresh thyme, so that was left out, but the flavor was still robust. This recipe is a keeper.
Michael Y.
February 3, 2023
This is a filling side dish. It could be a meal for two people. The flavor packs a punch. I loved it.
Katie L.
January 29, 2023
Great main or side dish
Made this on a very cold winter day and it warmed me up! I can't wait to share this as a side dish at Thanksgiving or Christmas next year. Tasty and funky. Yum.
Joshua L.
December 9, 2022
Beets and carrots
This was one of the best recipes that I have ever made with beets. We had some golden beets in the garden and were looking for a good recipe to use them. We sure found one! The sweet, earthy flavor of the beets and sweetness of the carrots was definitely balanced by the blue cheese and vinegar. The fresh time added another layer of earthiness to enjoy.