Trim and peel the beets. Cut six of the beets into bite-sized pieces. Place in a steamer rack over a pot of boiling water. Cover the pot and steam 20 to 25 minutes, until tender.
Coarsely grate the remaining beet; place in a large bowl. For dressing, mash the garlic with a pinch of salt to make a paste;add to grated beet along with the oil, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. When beets are cooked, toss them with the dressing. Cool to room temperature.
Crumble blue cheese over the salad and sprinkle with almonds and parsley.