Roasted Beet Quinoa*

So….What do you think? Like the new digs? Because I sure do! The amazingly talented (and beautiful!) Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil is to thank for the new look. She patiently answered all my questions, put up with all of my changes, and didn’t even laugh at how dumb/random my password is to log into everything. She also hooked me up with some cool new features! If you go to the side where it says Categories or if you Search anything, each post will come up with a little description and a photo! So helpful when you are looking for ideas or recipes for a special ingredient.

In honor of the big change around these parts, I decided I would step out of my comfort zone as well. Quinoa. I may be one of the last foodies to try this magical little chenopod (or seed, depending on who you ask). I was pretty nervous to try it, main reason being…it’s not cheap. It is about $5 for one small bag of Quinoa…which is kind of steep when you are unsure if you are going to like something. But turns out, a little goes a long way, so that $5 bag has lasted me a few dinners now. Yes, you read that right, …a few dinners now. Which means, I LOVE QUINOA! Let’s all say it together, YUM! Of the three recipes I have tried, this has been my absolute favorite. I am a huge fan of beets and think they really add a delicious earthy-ness to this meal. And the goat cheese helps to really bring the flavors all together. I liked this best served warm, but it is also good cold. If you have not tried Quinoa, I think this is the perfect way to jump in.


Roasted Beet Quinoa

Yield: 4 servings


3 large beets, washed and roots trimmed
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups quinoa
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
4 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoons chives, minced
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


For the beets: Preheat the oven to 375. In a foil pouch (or in a baking dish you cover with foil – your choice), drizzle 1 tbsp. of olive oil over the beets. Wrap tightly with the foil and bake in the preheated oven until they’re tender – pierce with the end of a sharp knife to test – which should take about 60 minutes. This is dependent on the size of your beets. Once tender, remove from oven and allow to cool. Peel & discard the skins and dice into 1/2″ – 1″ squares.

While the beets are roasting, you can cook the quinoa. Bring vegetable stock up to a boil. Add the quinoa, boil for 1-2 minutes, then turn heat down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes until tender. Remove from heat and allow to sit covered until ready to use.

To assemble the salad: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar and the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the beets and toss to coat. Next, add the chopped chopped chives and the quinoa. Mix together and add the goat cheese. Mix gently to combine. Taste for salt level then season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper. Serve at room temperature. This will keep for a day or so but I advise bringing it up closer to room temperature from the fridge before serving.

Adapted from: Running With Tweezers

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46 Responses to “Roasted Beet Quinoa”

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    Paula — April 4, 2011 @ 4:07 am

    The new look is a lovely look! Very clean and crisp. I’ve never had quinoa but this week a lot of bloggers have cooked it in various recipes. This is the first I’ve seen with beets but you are not the first newbie to this *chenopod or seed* to love it. Perhaps one day I will be bold and do the same. Great looking dish.

    • Jessica replied: — April 4th, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

      You really should! You will be pleasantly surprised! 😉

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — April 4, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    Jess! I LOVE the new look. it’s so cute. i’m totally jealous. also, glad you’re onboard with quinoa finally :)

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    notyet100 — April 4, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    luved ur new space,..

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    DessertForTwo — April 4, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    Love the new look!!

    Spiffy! :)

    And thanks for a quinoa recipe. I have some languishing in the cabinet and it needed to be put to good use. Goat cheese makes everything delicious!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — April 4, 2011 @ 5:05 am

    LOVE the new look! And I’m so glad to see you love quinoa! It’s probably my favorite grain now. I’ve never seen anything like this before with it. WOW!

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    Caylee — April 4, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    What a beautiful design. It’s clean and pretty and just *works*. Congrats !

    As for the quinoa… you have inspired me to try this strange ingredient now too. Will definitely start with this recipe. Thank you.

    • Jessica replied: — April 4th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

      You have to try it!! You will be surprised!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 4, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    The blog looks terrific!

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    Jackie — April 4, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Jessica! The blog is looking absolutely stunning! Nice design – gorgeous.

    And I too love quinoa – it’s so fantastic, isn’t it? Now that you’ve found your addiction you should try baking with it – it makes a great substitute for gluten-free cakes!

    Jax x

    • Jessica replied: — April 4th, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

      Thanks Jackie! I don’t much gluten free baking, but I am looking forward to exploring using it in Meatloaf!

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    Heather — April 4, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    The new design looks great!

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    Shawnda — April 4, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    I love, love, LOVE the new site! It’s clean and so well organized!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 4, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    Love the new look. Of course I loved the old too but this is fun and new :)

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    Caitlin — April 4, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    The site looks awesome! I have yet to try quinoa, so you’re not the last one! There’s a bag waiting in my pantry and this recipe looks like the perfect excuse to make it :-).

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    ash — April 4, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    love the new site, it’s very pretty! so glad you like quinoa, it’s definitely one of my favorites, a good way to get a little extra protein and nutrients!

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    Krystal R. — April 4, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Wow, it’s look super-duper fresh and cool! I love it!!!!! I love quinoa, too. Looks like a fantastic recipe to add to the to-do list!! Mmmmm!

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    Caelyn — April 4, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    I love the new site! I’m still afraid to try quinoa…

    • Jessica replied: — April 4th, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      Don’t be afraid! Trust me, it’s worth the money and definitely not scary 😉

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    Kelsey — April 4, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Love the new look, Jess, and LOVE this new recipe. Michael and I are gigantic fans of every ingredient that goes into this. I will absolutely be putting this on our menu for the week!

    • Jessica replied: — April 4th, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      Thanks Kelsey!! You have to let me know what you two love birds think 😉

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — April 4, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    I LOVE it, Jessica!!! So clean and bright! And the quinoa looks amazing too!

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    tasha - the clean eating mama — April 4, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    This looks AMAZING! So glad I found your blog on foodgawker!
    xxoo Tasha

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    Dawn Hutchins — April 4, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    I like thenew look and I LOVE quinoa too!

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    Stephanie — April 4, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    I just recently started cooking with quinoa and was disappointed with how much it costs because I really like it. Well, you can get 4lb bags at Costco for what I paid for a 1lb bag at my grocery store. If you have a Costco and belong, I’d recommend purchasing it there! :) Also, love the new look…LOVE IT!

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    Sherri Ogg — April 4, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Love the new look, so fresh, clean and sophisticated. I also recently purchased my first bag of expensive quinoa and have yet to open the bag (kinda scared to mess up a recipe).

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    Lisa {With Style and Grace} — April 4, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    love LOVE your new redesign!!

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    Cindy — April 4, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    New site looking good. Question on your list of ingredients here….you call for 4 c liquid to 2 c grain….but in the directions you refer to “bring 1 c liquid to boil”….wondering where the remaining 3 c liquid come into play. Maybe I misread somewhars….

    • Jessica replied: — April 4th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

      Oops! I corrected it! You should bring all liquid to boil at once! :-)

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    Kerstin — April 4, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    Love your blog makeover – it’s so fresh! And I just made quinoa with goat cheese too – love you beet addition :)

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    peabody — April 4, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    This recipe looks aweseome…love me some beets and quinoa.

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    Sharlene — April 4, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    Love the new digs! I’ve only tried quinoa once and can’t say I’m in love but I’m willing to try it again if you say it’s worth it!

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    Anna Johnston — April 5, 2011 @ 2:51 am

    I love your new site, its gorgeous. Clean and pretty and lovely. :)
    I’ve not really used Quinoa before, this looks like a great recipe, looking forward to trying it.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 5, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    Love the new look! I’ve been talking to Lindsay about a re-design as well and I can’t wait! Your site is so clean and lovely. :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — April 5, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Love the new look! So chic and pretty! I love beets and quinoa together! I just made a salad like this but with feta instead of goat – it was great!

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    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — April 5, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    LOVE this combo of flavors! Bookmarked to be made soon!!

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    Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — April 6, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    Love the new layout lady! And those mini casserole pots are just darling!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — April 6, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    LOVE the new look–she did a great job, so clean and fresh!

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    Tammi Kibler @ How Do You Cook Quinoa? — April 8, 2011 @ 3:15 am

    I love the design – so simple and bright.

    I like beets with quinoa, though I usually cook them with the quinoa to create a magenta dish. This salad looks lovely though and I am very tempted to go get some goat cheese.

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    Jenelle — April 8, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Love your new website design and I love Quiona. It is s healthy and delicious and versatile. I often cook with it. Thanks for the pretty blog to read and yummy food to drool over!

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    Chris Pedersen — April 8, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    Love your beautiful site and this great quinoa and beet recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Eliana — May 13, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    I LOVE the new look Jessica. Lindsay is did my redesign too. Isn’t she the absolute best?

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    Risa Apland — February 2, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    This is just amazing. I wish I could do the same.

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