Roasted Root Vegetables Salad
A gorgeous filling fall salad made with roasted root vegetables, cilantro dressing, and a savory granola topping for crunch! Today’s salad turns any mundane meal into an occasion.
Roasted root vegetables are one of my most used go-to side dishes. In fact, I want to say we eat them at least once a week.
It’s so easy to chop up a few sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, parsnips, or carrots and throw them in the oven… sometimes I do it before I even decide what the rest of the meal will be.
Roasted root vegetables offer great color, flavor, and texture at meal time. They are packed with nutrients, and you can eat them on their own, or use them to spruce up other dishes.
I often throw them in salads or soup, and on occasion they end up in a frittata, quiche or casserole.
Today’s salad is one of my personal favorites, because it’s colorful and bursting with flavor. I roasted baby new potatoes, gold and red beets, and sweet potatoes in the oven until tender on the inside, but crisp on the outside.
Then I mixed them with fresh arugula and topped the salad with a cilantro dressing, reminiscent of Indian green chutney, and a spiced savory granola for crunch.
The combination of the rustic fall vegetables, bright herby dressing, and nutty crunch is a feast for the senses.
The garlic and touch of curry powder in the savory granola, complements the vibrant cilantro dressing perfectly, offering a slightly exotic note to the roasted root vegetables in the salad.
I could eat this salad everyday… at least through the fall.
What’s even better, I can feel good about doing so.
Every bite of textural bliss is loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep my family healthy and strong.
Roasted Root Vegetables Salad
- 3 ounces fresh arugula leaves
For the Roasted Root Vegetables:
- 1 pound baby new potatoes
- 4 shallots peeled and quartered
- 3-4 golden beets peeled and cut into wedges
- 3-4 red beets peeled and cut into wedges
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
For the Savory Granola:
- 1/2 cup dry oats
- 1/2 cup pepitas pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Cilantro Dressing:
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
- 1/2 - 1 serrano pepper seeded
- 1/4 cup canned chickpeas
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the golden beets, potatoes, and shallots on one rimmed baking sheet, and the sweet potatoes and red beets on another. Drizzle both with olive oil, shake to coat, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until tender but crisp.
- Pour the oats, pepitas, and almonds on another rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with melted butter over the top and toss to coat. Add the spices and salt. Toss again and spread the granola out as thin as possible. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
- Place all the ingredients for the cilantro dressing in a blender, including the cilantro stems. Puree until smooth then salt and pepper to taste.
- The serve, toss the warm roasted root vegetables with the arugula and place on a platter. Drizzle the cilantro dressing over the top, and sprinkle with as much savory granola as desired.
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This recipe is so creative and beautiful. I made it today. Thank you!
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Hi there! I featured this recipe on my healthy fall recipe round up today. Thanks for the great inspiration! http://physicalkitchness.com/healthy-paleo-fall-recipes/
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I made this yesterday and it was awesome! I wasn’t a fan of cilantro until I made your cilantro dressing and it was delicious! Thanks for the fantastic recipe.
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This salad looks stunning. And the savory granola is simply genius, thanks for this lovely idea
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What a gorgeous dish! That dressing is so vibrant, and I love the idea of a savory granola!
So creative, lovely and delicious! Admiration and envy of your genius are doing fierce battle in my mind.
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Just great dish hefty and beautiful thank you .
Love!! So fresh, bright and delicious!
This is gorgeous, and the cilantro dressing is so vibrant.
I could see myself eating this every single day!
Love roasted vegetable dishes! This is such a beautiful salad!
Gorgeous fall salad, the savory granola is such a fun touch!
Such a gorgeous, hearty salad!
Fabulous, healthy salad Sommer!!
My family loves roasted root vegetables!
gorgeous Salad Sommer!!
Gorgeous Salad- right up my alley!
Beautiful salad and I love the granola topping, what a great idea!
LOVE this salad! So pretty!
So pretty and on of my favorite ways to eat root vegetables!
This looks amazing Sommer – that granola is just genius!
Thank you Becca!
Gorgeous hearty vegetable salad!
Thank you Jenny!