Sunday, June 3, 2012

Roast Vegetable Salad

Here in Ireland it suddenly seems like summer really is on it's way - we've had warm weather all week and the sky is no longer in a constant state of cloudiness. Such nice weather makes makes me want lighter meals,  like salads that are filling and have a bit of everything. But at the same time, I really love roasting winter vegetables like potatoes and pumpkin and sweet potato. This salad combines both, my roast veges of choice being sweet potato, butternut and mushroom, but you could definitely use your imagination. The vegetables are paired with baby spinach because it just seems to have a bit more substance than lettuce leaves. Finally, the addition of nuts adds some crunch and some protein.


Roast Kumara and Squash Salad

1 large sweet potato
1/2 a butternut squash
200 grams button mushrooms (optional)
2 teaspoons mixed dry herbs
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
200 grams baby spinach leaves
100 grams unsalted cashew nuts

Chop the butternut and sweet potato into small chunks and spread out in a large roasting dish. Add the mushrooms if you like that kind of thing, sprinkle over the mixed herbs and drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Give it all a big stir and then make sure that everything is in just a single layer on the tray.

Roast the vegetables at 200 degrees celsius for about 30 minutes or so, until everything is soft and well cooked. Remove the vegetables and let them cool.


Assembling the salad is very simple. Place the spinach leaves in a large bowl, add the vegetables and cashew nuts and combine it together as best you can. If you feel that it needs a bit more dressing just drizzle over a little more olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but be careful not to overdo it.

3 comments:

  1. This looks so easy and delicious. It's not feeling quite like summer here yet but I wish it was.

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  2. Hi again, I have awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Hey, thanks for all your comments, I love have regular readers! I'm glad you like my recipes :)

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