Roasted Golden Beets with Apple and Sage

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This month I wanted to share with you a recipe for “roasties” which is what we call big trays of roasted vegetables in my house. I know you don’t need a recipe for roasted carrots or parsnips or sweet potatoes. We’ve all got those nailed down, right?

Instead, I’m sharing a unique recipe using golden beets which are popping up in grocery stores and markets now! Golden beets taste almost identical to their red counterparts but they are much less likely to turn your kitchen into a murder scene. I mean, really, is there a “stainier” food than red beets? Maybe turmeric. Possibly matcha.

Golden beets have all those lovely health benefits too! When roasted with apples, onion and sage, they become even sweeter with hints of Thanksgiving stuffing in the air. I tossed these “roasties” with a creamy dressing made from coconut butter, olive oil, white wine vinegar and lemon juice. The lemon brightens up the dish while the creaminess from the coconut butter brings home the comfort factor. The creamy dressing gives this AIP-friendly fall side dish the perfect unique touch to get you out of your “roasties rut” this year, don’t you think?

If you’re looking for more beet recipes, try my Beet, Grapefruit and Fig Salad or my Beet and Berry Detox Smoothie!

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Creamy Golden Beets & Apple
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Serves: 4 sides
  • 3 medium golden beets (about 1 ½ pounds), peeled and diced into ⅓-inch cubes
  • 2 medium Gala apples, diced into ⅓-inch cubes
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh sage

  • Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp softened coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp grated lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a large rimmed baking sheet on the middle oven rack as the oven heats. Use two sheets if your baking sheet is smaller than 18x26'' to avoid overcrowding, alternating the sheets if on different oven racks halfway through baking time.
  2. Toss diced beets, apple and onion with olive oil and sea salt in a large bowl.
  3. Once oven is preheated, use mitts to remove baking sheet(s) from oven and spread beet mixture into an even single layer.
  4. Return sheet to oven and roast for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking time. Sprinkle sage on top and roast 8 to 10 more minutes until tender and golden.
  5. Let cool slightly while you make dressing. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  6. Toss roasted beets with dressing in a serving bowl and serve warm.


About Alaena Haber

Alaena Haber is the recipe creator and blabber, err… blogger, behind Grazed and Enthused, an Autoimmune Protocol diet and lifestyle blog. Alaena initially began blogging in 2014 to re-spark her passion for cooking while on the elimination phase of the Autoimmune Protocol, which she uses to address Hashimoto’s and leaky gut symptoms. Enthused by her rapid health progression, she decided it was time to help others by devoting more (okay, all) of her spare time to the autoimmune community. Alaena has three requirements for her recipes: they must be creative, accessible, and make others excited about nutritional healing. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram where she shares both tiny and victorious moments in her healing journey.


  • eath healthy says

    thank you fpr the recipe look so sweet and healthy.

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  • Kerri says

    I like the beets and apple roasted without the dressing. The dressing immediately clumped up and wasn’t very drizzlable ha! It was too tangy for my taste but the golden beets are delicious.

  • Misty Lyon says

    This is fabulous!! My family loves it! I do use coconut vinegar instead of the white wine vinegar because that is what I had on hand. I double recipe & make it every week when I batch cook!!

  • Jenn says

    Thanks for making such an interesting recipe! This will definitely be a repeat!

  • Kirsten says

    Tasty! Made this last night but subbed Bartlett pears for the apples because it’s what we had. My husband who is the AIP person in our family loved it and requested that I make it for Thanksgiving. I had purchased golden beets but wasn’t sure what to do with them, this was a great introduction to the possibilities.

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