Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad

by jenna on December 12, 2013

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Whooooooosh

What a week it’s been over here! We moved to a new house in a new town about fifteen minutes away from where we used to live. When we originally found out we had to move {our old landlord decided to move into our place and gave us 60 days to find somewhere new to live} we weren’t too pleased, mainly because finding a place around here isĀ  challenge in and of itself, not to mention moving during the holidays? Yuck. However, it’s turned out to be a big blessing in disguise. I love our new house and it’s much more family friendly than our old place. I’m excited to have both a nursery and a backyard! Plus, there’s tons of stroller-friendly walking paths nearby that will be great once the kiddo arrives. I’ll be doing some room tours once I get everything unpacked and set up after the holidays!

All that moving meant lots of take-out for dinner! We’ve basically been living on pad thai and pizza for the past two weeks. Not that I’m complaining! It was time though to get some veggies back in my life and this roasted winter vegetable salad is the perfect way to do just that.

Trust me, this isn’t some light and dainty little salad — this is a meal in a bowl!

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I wrote this recipe for Barre3 — in case you don’t know, I develop seasonal recipes for their blog. You can find a whole index of healthy recipes here!

I thought this salad would taste especially great after a workout or packed for lunch. It’s pretty much got all my favorite veggies in there — kale, butternut squash, brussels sprouts and broccoli — with a pop of sweetness from pomegranate seeds! Yum. I could eat these every single day by the handful, I love them so much.

So, if you need a break from the holiday baking and rich meaty stews this season, look no further. I’ve got ya covered.

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Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad

serves 2

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Ingredients:

1 small head broccoli, chopped into florets

about 14 brussels sprouts, halved

1/2 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1 small bunch kale, preferably lacinato, washed and chopped

1 bunch mixed salad greens

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese {optional}

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

for the dressing ~

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1/2 orange

juice of 1/2 lemon

small squeeze of agave nectar or honey

small pinch of sea salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the broccoli florets, halved brussels sprouts and butternut squash on the baking sheet and drizzle with two teaspoons olive oil. Toss to coat. Place in the oven to roast for about 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.When veggies have finished roasting, remove from the oven and let cool.

Make the dressing while the vegetables cool. Mix together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, agave nectar, salt and pepper in a small dish or jar. Mix well until combined and smooth. Pick out the citrus seeds if necessary.

To assemble the salads, divide the chopped kale and salad greens between two large bowls. Toss well. Top with roasted veggies, pomegranate seeds and cheese, if using. Toss both salads well and drizzle dressing over both.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 12, 2013 at 4:20 am

Yum! Looks delicious — and pretty! :)

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Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes December 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

Love this! I think I actually have all the ingredients in my fridge right now – so dinner it is!! :-)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 12, 2013 at 5:04 am

Mmm this sounds so perfect. Most of my salads have been in roasted veg form these days since it’s so darn cold, and I love how satisfying they are without feeling too heavy. It sounds like you’ve settled in nicely, and I can’t wait to see photos of your new nursery!

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife December 12, 2013 at 5:17 am

Congrats on the new home!!! Also, I NEED this salad. My Christmas cookie intake has been out of control. Despite my wishes one can’t live on sugar alone, lol

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Tina@GottaRunNow December 12, 2013 at 5:23 am

Moving is quite a workout! I’m sure this beautiful salad was a nice break from take-out.

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Laura December 12, 2013 at 5:33 am

I hadn’t had roasted broccoli until a couple months ago…and woah my mind was blown. So good! I can’t wait to try out his salad. It honestly looks amazing!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 12, 2013 at 5:36 am

Your veggies look awesome!!! I have a squash post today, too! The pom seeds, and the brussles, chard, mmm, so good!

Congrats on your new place. That happened to us once too, only we had 2 weeks notice b/c the owner was short selling and we literally had to be out, like, overnight. Talk about stressful. But at least I wasn’t pregnant and my daughter was about 3 at the time. I am so glad that you love your new place even more & are looking at it as a blessing in disguise! Congrats :)

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Lily December 12, 2013 at 6:04 am

Such a great combo!!! Going to make this ASAP! Thanks Jenna!

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Kristin December 12, 2013 at 6:09 am

Sad that you guys got booted after you just put all that work into your garden beds out back! I’m excited for tours….I love to see someone’s style from that perspective! Hope you are doing well amidst all the chaos. Blessings to yall this Christmas season!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

Yumm this looks delicious! I have been on a salad kick lately and it has been my dinner ALL week so this looks like a great addition!

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Rita December 12, 2013 at 6:46 am

That is just what I need to be eating more of right now. that salad looks so comforting and healthy. I just had to share what I dumped into my oatmeal before coming to substitute teach this morning. I also know you love oatmeal. to mine I added about 2 tsp.maple syrup,2 Tblsp Trader Joes almond butter,2 Tblsp. Trader Joes raspberry fruit spread, 1/2 cup water,1/2 cup almond milk and about 5 or 6 blackberries and a generous shake of my cinnimon bottle. I think this was the yummiest bowl of oatmeal Ive had in a long time. I also used earth balance margarine. so yummy. Blessings to you, Adam and Baby Beaugh.

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 12, 2013 at 6:51 am

congrats on the new place :) and that salad is exactly what i need.

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) December 12, 2013 at 7:00 am

I’m loving some salads with this pregnancy! A hearty one is probably a good idea so I can actually make a meal out of it- mmm!

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Sanaz@Run for Cake December 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

Yum! I love the color in this dish. Add some grilled chicken breast and I’m in heaven. Good luck with the move!

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Kristin December 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

Can we get a “Favorites” post soon? Love them!

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erin @hooleywithaz December 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

yum. i am craving stuff like this right now. i can’t get enough greens. except it’s december and i live in minnesota and the greens just don’t taste as good in the winter when you live here….overfarmed and not fresh enough. these photos are making me drool.

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Elisabeth December 12, 2013 at 7:57 am

Congrats on the new place! Sounds like even though it was an annoyance, it turned out well. I’m just as nuts with moving at the holidays – I’m in the process of moving to a new state the second week of December! (OH to NC…yay for moving south!)

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Lauren December 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Welcome to my state! It’s great down here & you’ll never want to leave :)

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Dana December 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

This looks so refreshing! Those colors are amazing together, too! Once you get settled, take some pics of the new place ! :)

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Katie sB December 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

This looks so good! I’m hoping to make it next week. :)

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Shannon D'J December 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

This looks delicious! My husband loves brussels sprouts and it’s the perfect way to get more veggies in during the winter. Thanks, Jenna!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

This looks so delicious and I love the added pomegranate seeds!

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India December 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

Seriously this looks amazing! Congrats on the move, so glad it worked out. Can’t wait to see pictures!

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Caroline L. December 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

Congratulations on the new place! Excited to see it. And this salad is super gorgeous, in that luxe way! :)

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Mahealani @ Spending Time With Salad December 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Mmm, this looks great! And you have my favorite kale, lacinato, in there too. I’m slowly learning to love winter squashes, so this is a good recipe for me with butternut being a player rather than the star. Roasting is really key, plus I love the extra time I have to do stuff while things are roasting in the oven and getting yummy!

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Amanda December 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

That stinks about that short notice, but congrats on the new place! These veggies look delicious.

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Bryony @ Friday Night Dinners -- PDX December 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Congrats on your new place! This salad looks wonderful, such a great way to include some delicious veggies!

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Kelly Mitchem December 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

This looks delicious :) A salad filled with delicious healthy vegetables, sign me up!

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Lauren December 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm

This looks beautiful! I’ve made a similar salad to this but used dried cranberries. It was good but I want use pomegranate seeds and your dressing next time. Sounds so refreshing!

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Jess December 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Congrats on the move and how fun that the new house will be such a good fit for your growing family! I’m 18 weeks pregnant and debating a move so that we could have a bit more space…but I’m realizing we’d better act fast before it becomes too overwhelming to tackle. Gorgeous salad, Jenna!

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Vanessa @ Crumbs December 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Looks so refreshing and energizing between holiday shopping romps and cookie baking marathons. I linked this entry over on my Weekly Reading column, by the way. Have a good day, Jenna!

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shelly @ohshellsbells December 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

sometimes eating a big meal of fresh veggies feels like hitting the reset button, and all all past food sins are forgiven. this looks great

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Caroline December 13, 2013 at 5:57 am

I love salads like this, especially this time of year when I’m not eating as many salads and holiday cookies are calling my name. Such a great idea!

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Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner December 13, 2013 at 7:32 am

I love roasted salads in the winter. The addition of pomegranate seeds is brilliant! Very festive looking.

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Val Vande Hey December 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

Only thing missing that I wished for was number of servings and calories per serving The salad sounds delicious and I intend to use it particularly on fast days.

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Pam December 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

My kind of meal! Love it :)

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Elyse @ Lizzie Fit December 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I love warm roasted veggies on greens for salad! I usually have all of these ingredients on hand so definitely keeping this recipe close ;)

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Liz {What Dress Code?} December 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I’m a huge fan of all things roasted, and throwing some tasty veggies in the oven is such an easy, tasty way to create a filling meal in the colder months — this salad looks gorgeous!

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