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Winter Vegetable Salad with Spiced Honey Vinaigrette

Winter Vegetable Salad with Spiced Honey Vinaigrette
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Total Time: 55 minutes

Hands On Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

“You don’t want delicate lettuces for this salad!” Lindsey Wishart advises. It’s a terrific combination of tastes and textures: sweet, hot, peppery, bitter, soft, and crunchy. Cut the root vegetables all roughly the same size (about 1½ inches is good), so that they roast at the same rate. You’ll have more dressing than you need; the extra keeps in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.

Winter Vegetable Salad with Spiced Honey Vinaigrette
Photo/Art by Kindra Clineff

For the Salad:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped root vegetables (any combination of beets, squash, parsnip, celeriac, turnip)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups mixed winter greens, (such as baby kale, chard, dandelion, arugula, spinach)  
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh goat’s-milk (chèvre) or feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375°. Toss the chopped winter vegetables with the olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. (If you’re using beets, toss and roast them separately so that they won’t stain the other vegetables red.) Spread the vege­tables in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender and golden, about 35 minutes, stirring gently once or twice. Let cool slightly.

For the Vinaigrette:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 medium-size garlic cloves, chopped

Instructions:

While the vegetables are roasting, make the vinaigrette: Process all ingredients in a blender or food pro­cessor until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Just before serving, toss the greens with vinaigrette until the leaves are lightly coated. In a salad bowl, arrange the greens, then the roasted vegetables, then the almonds. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

Updated Monday, October 28th, 2013
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