Beets with Walnut Pesto

Try red or golden beets in this flavorful side dish with a parsley pesto.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4-6
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6 to 8 medium red or golden beets (about 2 pounds)

Kosher salt

1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 cup walnut halves

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing

1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano

1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar


  1. Cut off the leafy tops of the beets, leaving about 1/2-inch of the stem, and reserve them for another use. Wash the beets well to remove all of the sand. Peel with a vegetable peeler while wearing gloves.
  2. Cover the peeled beets with cold water in a medium saucepan and salt generously. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to medium and cook until fork-tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the beets into a colander and cut them into quarters.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the parsley, walnuts and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the olive oil and process until smooth. Stir in the Pecorino and vinegar and season with salt.
  4. Toss the beets in a bowl with some of the pesto. Transfer the remaining pesto to a small ramekin and serve the beets with more pesto on top.