Roasted Beets with Orange-Tahini Dressing

Roasted beets with orange-tahini dressing – a nutrient-packed side dish, perfect for adding to any meal.

Roasted Beets with Orange-Tahini Dressing | #healthy #recipe #paleo #vegan


Given how un-technologically savvy I am, it’s a truly a wonder that I own and operate a website. …webblog…blog…blogsite…webpage. Whatever.

What you see here is a polished version of what is actually a complete cluster of I-don’t-understand-how-any-of-this-really-works.  You don’t get to see my back end..errr…back office…where all the files, code, and techy stuff is housed for this site. And truthfully, I don’t spend much time back there, either…because it’s dark, confusing, and very mysterious.

So when something remotely tech-related needs to happen on my site, I do what every all-star site owner would do: I ignore it for as long as possible.  And then I call someone and have them deal with it.

I began getting emails a few weeks ago from the company that backs up my site, informing me they couldn’t perform the back up. I also noticed my posts stopped showing up in my blog feed. So true to form, I ignored it all. And then I waited for the most opportune time to finally buck up and handle it like a champ. Which was yesterday morning. While hungover from Saturday night’s ladies night. Because hungover is the perfect state to be in when you need to deal with anything that already doesn’t make sense.

In order to resolve my tech issue, I had to make a phone call. This is how the phone call went:

“SiteLock, this is Matt, how can I help you?”

“Hiiiiiii! Yes, hi. I’m calling because one of you people..” < – – – seriously? Who says, “you people”?  “….ahem…excuse me. I mean… one of your colleagues from my site host…server…FTP… warehouse…storage…facility…called me a few weeks ago to tell me my site had been hacked by spybots with malware or whatever, so I upgraded to your antiviral program that, like keeps spam out of my site. Or whatever. And after I did that, my blog feed, like done broke itself. CauseIwriteablog. It’s a blog I write…my website’s not a website, it’s a blog. And I’ve been getting emails from VaultPress telling me they can’t back up my site because there’s a problem with my IP address or something. And my posts don’t show up in feeds like feedly, bloglovin’…” < – – – did I seriously just reference “bloglovin’” to a tech guy? Ugh. “So anyway, I don’t know if there’s a link between the anti-spam thing and this feed thing…I assume there is, but I don’t really kno –“

“What’s your email address, ma’am?” < – – – I got ma’am-ed. Stab, twist.

“It’s roasted root fooooooood at gmail dot cooooooom”

“Okay, yes, I see here we set up a firewall for you a few weeks ago. So basically the firewall is doing exactly as it’s supposed to, which is great. But it severed the connection between your IP address and certain users in order to prohibit them from doing harm to your site. So you’re invisible to some people right now. In fact, you’re invisible to me, even.”

I whisper: “I’muhninjaaaa”

He continues: “….This is really an easy fix. We just need to white list your IP address. One of our support crew can help you with that but unfortunately, they don’t work on weekends. So I hate to ask this, but do you mind calling back tomorrow?”

“Not at all!…but so…whenIcallback…what do I, like….say? I tell them I need to be added to the white pages?” < – – – I SWEAR, I’m not normally this helpless. Except I am.


“So you’ll just tell them you need to white list an IP address. It should only take them five minutes.”

“Okay. Okay, got it. Alright. White list. And. Okay. So, what does this whole thing meeeeeeeeeean? Like, why would my feed juststopworking?” < – – – clearly, I wanted to keep talking to this person.

“Again, when the firewall was set up, it hid your IP address from potential malicious users, which has made your feed invisible.”

“Oh okay, alright, thankyousomuch, I’ll call tomorrow. And yes, thanks, I appreciate all your help.”

“You’re very welcome. Thank you for choosing SiteLock and you have a great weekend.”

And that, my friends, is what back end maintenance looks like.

All this tech stuff really whets my appetite, so I whipped out these insanely easy superfood megalomaniacal roasted beets with orange-tahini dressing  and had to remind myself as I was wolfing the ENTIRE thing down, that no, Julia…you do not need to eat 8 beets in one sitting. Because fiber.

Roasted Beets with Orange-Tahini Dressing | #healthy #recipe #paleo #vegan

Case in point: this beet salad was a true delight. AND it can be made into a proper green salad lickety split. You just add greens, you see. And avocado would be scrambunctious. And chopped walnuts and red onions. All great ideas! Now you see me ramble…

Now you don’t!

Roasted Beets with Orange-Tahini Dressing | #healthy #recipe #paleo #vegan

Roasted Beets with Orange-Tahini Dressing

Author: Julia


  • 4 small red beets
  • 4 small golden beets
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Sesame seeds for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Peel and chop the beets. Place them on a long piece of foil and wrap them, enclosing them into a packet.
  3. Place the foil packet on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until beets are soft, cooked through, and juices are seeping out of them. Remove from oven and allow beets to cool.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the last 8 ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve the beets either warm or cold with dressing drizzled on top.
  6. Other serving options: You can also turn this into a green salad by adding mixed greens, avocado, red onion, chopped walnuts, and any other salad add-ins. If you choose to do this, double or triple the dressing recipe.

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    HAHAHA oh my gosh. We are one. That is EXACTLY how my tech calls go..when I make them that is.
    Which is never.
    I used to try to get my hubby to do it for me. He was like ” are you 5?”
    P.s These beets? Yes. How you managed to make beets so pretty BLOWS MAH MIND.

  2. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Oh my gosh, that scenario describes my morning today to a T. I hate having to call them and be all, “Yeah I run a website, I know what I’m doing” and then they ask one question with an acronym in it like IP or VPS and I’m all “uhhhhhhhhhhh I don’t know how to live help me.” I could’ve definitely used this salad after being on the phone with them for an hour!

    1. Julia Post author

      Let the technologically-challenged unite in a potluck circle of egg salad sandwiches and roasted beets! And all the beers. Hope you got your problem resolved, my dear! I’m still working on mine 🙂

  3. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    You crack me up!! My back end is dark and scary too, lol. No really, my featured image has been showing up blurry in Bloglovin’ for like, 3 months or something but yep, I’m procrastinating fixing that.
    Let’s just stick to the fun stuff like beets with orange tahini dressing! Holy perfection, this will be happening in my mouth soon.

  4. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    Haha….this totally sounds like me, to a T!! I haaate dealing with tech issues, mostly because I have no idea what any of it actually means, and I secretly hope that if I put off dealing with it long enough that it will just go away on its own. Although, sadly that never happens and I end up having a call with tech support that sounds just like yours.

    Also, beet salad. So much love!!

  5. Monet

    Haha. I am technologically challenged too. Thankfully, my husband is a huge help. I don’t know what I’d do without him! These roasted roots look so good, my friend! I’m hungry now!

  6. Joanne

    Yes, that is basically me whenever I call my hosting company. Except, I sound much more abrasive and am ready to sue them for everything. I blame the fact that I am marrying a lawyer for that. I’m glad it’s all fixed!!!!

  7. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    Gah, tech stuff. It totally confuses the hell out of me. I’m fairly intelligent, but after dealing coding and IP whatevers, I’m left feeling deflated. Stuffing my face with food always makes me feel better. Love this.

  8. dishing up the dirt

    oh my god this sounds just like me. I’m scared of my back end and never fuss around because I’m afraid I’m going to press a button and my whole site will crash or blow up!!! Seriously scary! Anyhow, it looks like you made this salad just for me!! (I’m going to pretend that at least!) Everything I love all on one plate. Perfection.

  9. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    I think this whole post is secretly about MEEEEEEEE!!! I am SO technologically challenged and I honestly have no freaking idea how I even have a functioning blog. In other news, you are hilarious and I want to swan dive into those beets immediately.

  10. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    Julia, you always seam so perfectly put together; I like this side of you…mainly because it makes me feel better about my absolute ineptness when it comes to technology! ha ha
    I’m loving these flavors especially together in the salad that you just made up at the very end!

  11. Aggie

    All the techy stuff seriously stresses me out. Glad I’m not alone. Let’s stick to the food together ok? Love these beets but that sauce sounds amazing!!

  12. Debbie

    Okay, so I don’t use a lot of that abbreviated lingo-stuff, almost never really. but OMGEEEE, you had me ROTFL. I think there’s another one, something about “… my *ss off” which would apply but I’ll skip it. Yes, you are ONE with many of us, and you brought all of us comfort. Lovely site by the way, lovin’ the lay of the land. And dynamite roasted dish!! Keep up the great work.

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