Roasted Beets on Ciabatta with Goat Cheese and Arugula

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Who loves beets? Not me – but I saw this recipe in Vegetarian Times magazine (April/May edition) and decided it was time to really give beets a chance.  I must confess that I hadn’t really tasted much of them growing up and I don’t think that they look very appetizing so I never buy them, cook them or even think of them as a something to include in my diet.  The recipe in the magazine made me think differently and an experiment was born.

I changed up this dish to make it quicker and fewer calories but the ingredients are the same.  They sautéed the greens before adding them to the ciabatta bread but I`m not a fan of soggy greens.  I`ve mentioned before that texture plays a big part in my love of food and soggy is not allowed!  They also used the beet leaves but I substituted arugula.  The leaves on my beets were not in great shape and I prefer the peppery-mustard flavour of arugula. 

Roasted Beets on Ciabatta  with Goat Cheese and Arugula - simply fresh dinners

I thought this looked very ‘Springy’ and would make a good appetizer, snack or even dinner for those who eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.  If you have company coming, try finding some different colour beets to make a super presentation.

These turned out very tasty and I loved the flavours of the goat cheese with lemon, thyme, garlic and arugula.  A filling meal that is only about 200 calories and 5 g. of sugar – gotta love it!

So what’s your take on beets? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Indifferent?  Do you have a recipe I should try?

Have a wonderful day, everyone.  Cheers!

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Roasted Beets on Ciabatta with Goat Cheese and Arugula
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 lb small beets with greens
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz fresh goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves, plus 1é2 teaspoon whole leaves for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, divided
  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6½ inch thick slices ciabatta bread
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove greens from beets, discard stems (tear leaves into pieces if you want to use them)
  2. Slice beets into ¼ inch think, ad toss with 2 tablespoons of oil; season with salt, if desired.
  3. Arrange beets in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Roast for 10 - 12 minutes. Cool on pan.
  4. Mash goat cheese, milk, chopped thyme and ½ teaspoon lemon zest in small bowl.
  5. Combine remaining ½ teaspoon zest with ½ teaspoon garlic and 1 tablespoon oil in another small bowl.
  6. Increase oven heat to broil. Arrange ciabatta slices on baking sheet and brush with lemon-garlic oil. Broil 90 seconds, or until golden. Flip, and broil 1 minute more.
  7. Spread 1.5 teaspoons goat cheese mixture over each bread slice, then top each with arugula, then top with 3 or 4 overlapping beet slices, and drizzle with remaining lemon-garlic oil. Sprinkle with thyme leaves.

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50 thoughts on “Roasted Beets on Ciabatta with Goat Cheese and Arugula

  1. I AM WITH YOU about beets! I horrible childhood experience with them has scared me for life with this ruby gems, but what a gorgeous looking recipe! I have since ventured out to at least use beets in a healthy juice with beets, carrot and apple. It is a great detoxifying drink and really shouldn’t be consumed daily because of its thorough cleansing and high sugar content. But this dish looks amazing, Robyn!

    Love your site so much. The ideas and possibilities are the perfect thing for my summer table. Much love to you dear friend! Anita

  2. Oh dear, the typos in my comment!

    • LOL, Anita. For some reason I’m typo-ing all over the place this morning as well – no worries. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I haven’t done the juicing thing yet and I really don’t think it’s for me. That’s ok though because I eat lots of raw fruits and veggies.
      Two more days, my friend! Hugs and love to you. xoxo
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  3. Beets were never on my list of foods I ate either – until I tried them roasted. They’re so much better roasted than boiled. Love the looks of this recipe and am pinning it. Thanks for sharing it, Robyn!

  4. This sounds delicious! Think I might just pin it to make later

  5. I love beets, never thought of making a sandwich out of them, but this is clearly a beautiful dish. Will have to try this Robyn. Thanks for sharing!
    cheri recently posted…Herb Spring Water and a Broccoli SouffleMy Profile

  6. This looks so fresh and delicious, and those beets look so beautiful, too! What a great summer dinner idea!

  7. I keep trying beets but I just can’t like them. I wonder if they’re an acquired taste. Thanks for sharing at Let’s Get Real (co-hosting this week).

  8. This is a new one for me – I guess I don’t think outside of the box :) I like pickled beets, but that’s about all. This recipe looks SOOO good and perfect for lunch – will have to try soon. Thanks for sharing, Robyn.

    Hugs to you!

  9. I love beets and I often wonder why I don’t buy them more. When we go out to dinner sometimes, we have fabulous salads with beets. Then I am reminded to buy some. I like them with goat cheese, so this is something I really like. The beets are also pretty. Hope you had a fabulous time at home with your sweetie. Lots of love, WW
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  10. My brother planted an entire row of beets just for me! They’ll be ready this week :) I will definitely make this! Thanks for sharing with Real Food Fridays.
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  11. I really like beets a lot… they make everything look so pretty. You need to try beet hummus… it’s delish!
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    • You are starting to tip the scales in favour of the beet lovers, Kim! I love the idea of beet hummus – definitely a must do! Thanks so much for visiting.

  12. Very interesting recipe. I actually have never tried Goats cheese but my Mom planted a lot of beets that are doing really well and this sounds like a recipe to try. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop!

    • I`m so surprised you haven`t had goat cheese, Marla! I bet you would really like it with roasted beets :). Thanks so much for stopping by.

  13. We are beet lovers around here – pickled, roasted, cubed, shredded- and eat them weekly in salads. I have some up in the garden and cannot wait until we can harvest our own. Do you have a Starbucks nearby? My daughter and I like their brown rice, sweet potato beet salad with a Tahini lemon dressing. Thanks for sharing a new recipe for me to try with the beets!
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    • Hi Mindy,
      We have loads of Starbucks here but I never go because I don’t drink coffee or tea, lol. Most Canucks go to Tim Horton’s and sometimes I’m forced into there with friends but your salad sounds yummy. Thanks for visiting, dear friend. Hugs!
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  14. Hi there Robyn! I love these simple dishes in the summer, perfect for alfresco simple dining. I like beets as long as they are savoury and not sweet. How pretty to have found the swirled striped beets. Perfect to pin!
    Bam’s Kitchen recently posted…Fruity Scallops on Grilled Cabbage CupsMy Profile

    • Hiya Bobbi,
      I’m even simpler in the summer than I am in the winter, lol. I am so drooling over your scallops dish. So many beautiful flavours and textures in one dish! Thanks for visiting. :)
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  15. You had me at goat cheese………………. I found you over at Do Tell Tuesday. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it as much as I do. Here is the link Have a wonderful day!!
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  16. This is perfect as we planted two rows of beets in the garden this year! Pinned!
    Chrystal @ YUM eating recently posted…Trash To Treasure Garden Update {1}My Profile

  17. I tried roasted fresh beets a few times (several years ago now) and was not a huge fan. I actually like fresh beets grated raw on a salad! But your pictures may make me try roasted again. It’s a lovely appetizer to look at! Pinned!
    Jill recently posted…Slow Cooker Chicken a la King with Homemade Buttermilk BiscuitsMy Profile

    • Hi Jill,
      Thanks so much for your kind comments. I’m surprised I liked them because I sure wasn’t a beet fan before. Thanks for the pin, too. I’m off to visit your blog – loving he sound of Chicken a la King in the slow cooker! Have a great day :)
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  18. I used to shy away from beets, but now I absolutely adore them. My husband, on the other hand, is still refusing to come into the light ;). I’ve been eating a lot of smaller meals throughout the day so this sounds like a perfect mini-meal! I also love the goat cheese + beets combo so this is perfect!

    • LOL, it took me a very long time to, Min, so I sympathise with the hubby. I was so surprised by this flavour – what a treat. I’ll definitely be looking into more ways to cook these little guys. So nice to have you visit!
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  19. How beautiful! I love your pictures. Thanks for bringing it to The Yuck Stops Here link party this week. I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to the party next week. HUGS
    Cheryl recently posted…Grilled Masala Chicken with Vegetables & the “Aha” Moment with Reynolds FoilMy Profile

    • Thanks, Cheryl. I am really enjoying you parties each week. Hope you are having a great weekend.

    • Surprise! This is also MY Favorite this week on The Tuck Yuck Stops Here link party! I’m going to make you a special double feature button since you’re being featured on both sites. In the mean time you can pick up your “I’ve Been Featured” button whenever you have a chance. HUGS

      • Wow, Cheryl – thank you!! I`ve installed the button here on my recipe as well as my features page. I look forward to getting my own special button! You guys made my week – much appreciated!

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  24. I like beets a lot, either in a bowl of soup or a simple salad. My favorite dish is borscht and often add a lot of beef in it, to make it tastier. I never thought I can serve beet this way and it seems like a wonderful idea! The goat cheese and arugula is a great combination, and super healthy! Love this :)
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  25. Every time I see a picture of those beets I drool, and that’s saying something since I’m not a beet person! Love the addition of goat cheese and arugula. :)
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  26. I haven’t had beets in years, so I don’t even know if I like ’em or not. Then again, I haven’t seen very many recipes using beets that I’ve wanted to try, but this recipe is enough to convince me.

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