Clean Eating Citrus Marinated Beets Recipe (2024)

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These marinated beets are a delicious option for beet lovers!

Let me start off by saying that I have never liked beets. I’ve tried. Honest I have. But somehow, no matter what I do to them, they end up tasting like sweet dirt.

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Over the years, I’ve really tried to prepare them in a way I can tolerate them, but nothing, and I do mean nothing has done the trick. Until now.

While I’m not overwhelmed by these, I will say that everyone else who tried them really loved them. So I won’t trust my taste buds alone in my recommendation that you try this recipe. Because the truth is, beets are just one of those things that will have to grow on me.


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Marinated Beets

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Course: Side Dish, Vegetables

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes minutes

Servings: 3 servings

Calories: 227kcal


  • 5 medium beets
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium orange (juice only)
  • 1 medium lemon (juice only)

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  • Clip the tops off your beets and scrub them well to remove any dirt on the skins. Place the beets on a large piece of foil and pour the oil over them.

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  • Fold the foil into a pocket or tent, completely closing up the foil around the beets.

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  • Once you have it closed, place the entire package on a cookie sheet or in a baking dish. Bake at 350 F. until soft and easily pierced with a fork. (Time will depend on size of beets) Allow them to cool enough that you can handle them without burning yourself.

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  • Peel the skins off. Chop into small pieces.

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  • Spread those pieces in a baking dish and pour the citrus juices over them.

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  • Make sure that the beats are in a single layer so all pieces are laying in the juice to marinate. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight (or at least for 2 hours minimum).

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  • Serve.

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Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 1000mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. These sound like they would be good in a salad.


  2. I wonder if you would like beets better if you blanched them, peeled them, then prepared them!! I grew up with the worlds best gardener (my daddy!!) :~) and we had plenty of good fresh organic vegetables. We always blanched the beets and removed the peeling before we did anything else to them–froze, canned, buttered, etc. They never tasted like dirt to me until just recently when I prepared them similar to your recipe. I really scrubbed those things but still dirt!!!


    1. Interesting! I’ll have to try that. Thank you!


  3. At what temperature do you set your oven and for how long???


    1. Sorry, just updated the recipe. It’s 350 F. Time will depend on how big your beets are. I’m guessing about 40 minutes.


  4. I make these citrus marinated beets all the time! Sometimes after they are roasted I just chop them into chunks and toss with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and some kosher salt. They are also great tossed with salad greens and some goat cheese. Yum! Thanks for the reminder! I have to go buy some beets!


  5. This looks great! I’ve had something similar to this with julienned roasted beets and grated fresh carrots. It was in a balsamic herb marinade. Maybe that would dilute the beet flavor enough to enjoy it. They definitely are a unique taste! Thanks for sharing!


  6. I wondered the same thing as Bonita. I always blanch and peel the beets before preparing them. Is there a special reason for scrubbing and baking in oven? Thanks!


    1. That’s the just way it was recommended to me to make them. Will try the blanching and see if it helps.


  7. This sounds good. I LOVE beets and grow them and buy them. I have vegetarian family coming soon, I’ll have this in the fridge when they come.


  8. Momma Jo loves beets. Love food that has that earthy flavor. This is nice recipe but I would leave the skin on since I like the earthy flavor.

    For any raw juicers that share that earthy flavor may I suggest in a green juice add a juiced tunip or kharbala (sic) and juiced beets…


  9. Do you think I can blanch the beets, peel and then marinate? This would help me eliminate the olive oil step since hubby cannot have any oils whatsoever.


    1. Sure! How you cook them doesn’t really matter. Cook them however you prefer, and then marinate per the instructions. Should be about the same. 🙂


  10. Never liked them either… will try them this way! Thanks


  11. I cook mine in my crock pot. I scrub each beet, wrap in foil individually and cook on low for 8 hours. The skins slide right off.


  12. I made these and they are great. It was my first attempt at working with fresh beets. I just bought enough to make a double batch. YUM YUM YUM!


    1. So glad you enjoyed them! 🙂


  13. I love these beets


  14. If you can get the ingredients for it you might want to try preparing Beet ‘Thoran’. This is a South Indian dish. I ate a whole ton of it when I was expecting my second kid (so much so that it made my pee pink and I ran to my OBgyn scared that I was bleeding while pregnant) and was anaemic. Beet Roos I am told are a good source of iron. The grated coconut makes beet root taste really good.


    1. I’ll look into it! Thanks!


  15. These are really good although I will probably try the blanching method next time too or just leave the skin on because mine did not peel off that easy and my finger tips are stained. I used blood oranges and also used blood orange olive oil to bake them in. I made them for the smoothie but I’m going to use them in a salad too! Thanks for sharing!


    1. Joann – My pleasure! My fingers were red too. The blood orange olive oil sounds really interesting!


  16. Yes we have a specialty store here that sells flavored infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. I’ve used the blood orange olive oil to make brownies too.


    1. Joann – Sounds amazing!!


  17. beets are a great veggie, I marinate them in olive oil and vinigar and crush a clove of garlic sometimes. Two more ways you could have them is if you make TZATZIKI, instead of grating cucumber cut up beets (after boiling) into big cubes, mix with the rest of the ingredients…the colour is beautiful. Another way is, in abowl grate beets, carrots & turnip add cranberries and marinate with orange juice, olive oil, white balsamic vinigar S&P, marinate overnight in the fridge.The sweetness of the orange juice and cranberries makes it Y U M M Y


    1. Maria – Sounds wonderful!


Clean Eating Citrus Marinated Beets Recipe (2024)


What is the healthiest way to prepare beets? ›

Steaming beets is a healthful cooking method because they retain most of their vitamins and minerals—they're not boiled out in water—and stay incredibly vibrant. Plus, steaming small beets or beet quarters is quick and easy for weeknights.

Why do you put vinegar in beets? ›

Beets are a weekly ritual around here. Usually we boil them and toss them in a sweet sour vinaigrette and keep them in the refrigerator to eat all week. The vinegar in the dressing "pickles" the beets, helping them last longer in the fridge.

What is the tastiest way to eat beets? ›

Delicious. Roasted with goat cheese. – The classic, all-time favorite preparation. Roast beets until they are tender and juicy, then eat them with some spicy greens and piquant goat cheese.

What is the cleanest way to cook beets? ›

Steaming: Steaming is a great way to cook beets while retaining their nutritional value. To steam beets, first, scrub them clean and trim off the greens and tail. Place them in a steamer basket over a pot of boiling water and steam for 30-40 minutes, or until they are tender.

Is it better to drink beet juice or eat beets? ›

Both eating beets and drinking beet juice will give you anti-inflammatory betalains and other phytonutrients. If you're looking to enhance athletic performance, drink up. Juicing beets delivers a concentrated dose of nitrates, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. However, you lose the fiber when you juice the beets.

Are pickled beets in a jar good for you? ›

Pickled beets are popular on salads or as a side or snack. These naturally sweet root veggies may have a number of health benefits, including improved digestion, physical performance, blood sugar levels, and heart health. However, you should avoid varieties with high levels of added salt or sugar.

Are Aunt Nellie's pickled beets healthy? ›

Aunt Nellie's Pickled Beets contain no fat, saturated fat or cholesterol; they are kosher and gluten-free.

Are pickled beets as healthy as regular beets? ›

Cooked, fermented, or pickled beets retain much of their nutritious value, although some of the nitrites and other nutrients may be lost during preparation (13, 18, 19, 20).

Is it OK to eat beets everyday? ›

Can you eat beets everyday? It's always best to follow a varied diet. Eating a small amount of beetroot every day is unlikely to do any harm, but a high intake could lead to low blood pressure, red or black urine and feces, and digestive problems for anyone with a sensitivity to the nutrients.

How do you make beets taste like meat? ›

Cure your vegetables as you would a piece of meat for a couple of days. This can be achieved by rubbing the vegetable or mushroom with salt at a concentration of 1.75% of the vegetable's weight, wrapping it tightly in plastic or vacuum sealing it, and letting it sit in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Is canned beets as good as fresh beets? ›

With only a few exceptions, canned beetroot has about the same nutritional value as fresh beetroot. Fresh beetroot has double the phosphorus, potassium and folate, but 1 cup of sliced, canned beetroot has 14 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate and 4 percent of phosphorus and potassium.

Is it better to boil or roast beets? ›

My favorite way to cook beets is to roast them, which gives a sweeter, richer, and deeper flavor than boiling does. Another advantage is that they don't bleed as much, especially if they're roasted whole. Incidentally, to get beet stains off your hands, wet them, rub them with coarse salt, then wash with soap.

Do you peel beets before eating raw? ›

Forget what you thought you knew about food prep: You don't HAVE to peel your vegetables (well, most of them, anyway).

Do you have to peel beets before eating? ›

Sometimes beets are peeled before cooking. They may also be scrubbed and cooked until tender with their skins on; the skins slip off fairly easily after cooling. (Some people are happy to leave the skins on; they are fine to eat.)

Are beets healthier raw or cooked? ›

Cooking beets won't give you the same health benefits because heat destroys betalain pigments and hampers nitrates, but it's still good for your health. To preserve the maximum health benefits, grate raw beets into salads or steam/roast beets just long enough to tenderize them.

How do you cook beets for maximum benefits? ›

Steaming in the oven rather than baking helps preserve more of the healthy vitamins and minerals in beets. This method also helps beets better retain their beautiful, vibrant color. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place prepped beets and 3 tablespoons to ¼ cup water in a shallow baking dish.

Is it healthier to roast or boil beets? ›

Roast Them

Roasting is an overall healthy cooking method with minimal vitamin loss, particularly vitamin C. Roasted beets are rich and sweet with slight mineral flavors. Remember to avoid long cooking times and high temperatures, as these can reduce nutrients. Try using smaller bulbs if you want to prepare them faster.

Are beets healthier raw or roasted? ›

Cooking beets decreases the bioavailability of dietary nitrate from the food, meaning raw beets deliver more dietary nitrate.


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