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Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Turmeric Honey Dressing

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This roasted vegetable salad is earthy, zesty, a little bit sweet, and hearty enough to stand all on its own. Root vegetables of any kind can be subbed in here – turnips, radishes, rutabaga, or even squash would be great.

Ingredients

For the salad:
1 T olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 yellow beet, peeled
2 large carrots, peeled
2 parsnips, peeled
1 large pink lady apple, peeled and cored
2 ounces goat cheese
6-8 C Mixed greens or arugula
1/4 C pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped
For the dressing:
1 T honey
1 T lemon juice (or the juice of one lemon)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
3 T extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400° F.

Chop beet, carrots, parsnips, and apple into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss with olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet in one even layer and roast for 20 minutes, or until tender, and just beginning to brown at the edges.

Make the dressing by whisking together the honey, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and turmeric. Gradually stream in the olive oil while continually whisking. Set aside.

Let the vegetables cool for five minutes before assembling the salad.

Toss the vegetables with the mixed greens. Add dressing to your taste and toss to evenly coat, being careful not to add too much. Sprinkle the goat cheese and pistachios over the top and serve.

Notes

If you can’t find yellow beets, substitute with red, but be aware that they tend to stain your hands and cutting board. I find it helpful to either wear gloves, or just chop them last so I can wash everything immediately.

The vegetables can be made in advance and refrigerated. When it’s time to eat, just assemble the salad as usual – no need to reheat the veggies.

This will make more a little more dressing than you need so just a heads up.

Keywords: roasted root vegetable salad, turmeric dressing, hearty winter salad