Roasted Vegetable and Spinach Salad

Hubby and I eat a lot of salads. We have to with all the baked goods in the house! I made this salad for the first time when we had friends over for dinner.

We all agreed that the pomegranate dressing was amazing. Unfortunately for me, this salad doesn’t keep well due to the spinach and the dressing. If you package the salad with the pom arils and dressing in a separate container, it will travel in your lunch bag just fine though.

I love that this salad serves as a salad and a side. You can adjust the amount of vegetables you throw in depending on how many people you’re going to be serving and what you like or have on hand.

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Roasted Vegetable and Spinach Salad

Roasted root vegetables and pomegranate dressing make this a memorable salad

Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

For the Roasted Vegetables
2 lb butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 lb new potatoes, chopped
2 lbs brussels sprouts, halved
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tbsp olive oil
heavy pinch kosher salt

For the Dressing
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
2 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

For the salad
6 oz spinach
1 pomegranate's worth of pomegranate arils

Directions:

For the Roasted Vegetables
Preheat oven to 425F. In a medium bowl, combine butternut squash, potatoes, and brussels sprouts with the oil, minced garlic and sprinkle with sea salt.

Pour potatoes and squash onto a foil-lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, put brussels sprouts on a separate foil-lined baking sheet, cut side down. After the 20 minutes, stir the potatoes and squash. Place brussels sprouts in the oven on the other rack. Bake all vegetables for another 20 minutes until tender.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

For the Dressing
Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, and dijon. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For the salad
Meanwhile, place the spinach in a large salad bowl.

Add pomegranate arils, salad dressing, and roasted vegetables. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Recipe adapted from Eats Well With Others

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23 Responses to “Banana Split Cupcake”

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    stephchows — September 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Great cupcake hero entry!!! yum!

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    oneordinaryday — September 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    You’re right – it’s a freaking cute cupcake! I especially love that frosting and how you got it to look like a scoop of ice cream. Nicely done!
    This is my first CH and I can’t wait till the voting begins! : )

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    Amanda — September 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Wow, what a yummy looking cupcake! Great idea!

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    oneparticularkitchen — September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    This is ADORABLE!! I love it!

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    Xiaolu — September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Gorgeous cupcake, Jen! I love how the cherry stands out. How do you get that black background if you don’t mind me asking? I’m pretty new to this food photography thing 8)

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    Amy Kingman — September 15, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Yummmm!!!!!

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    Jen — September 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Xiaolu – It’s actually just my black table. I’ve also had luck using a plain black piece of construction paper (most of my backgrounds are the 12×12 scrap-booking papers) or a black towel to get the background all black.

    Here is an example using paper, and one using a towel.

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    Xiaolu — September 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks! That’s really helpful.

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    Joanna — September 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Yum! Great idea 🙂

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    Stephanie Wagner — September 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Awesome idea!

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    bcallegra — September 16, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Very creative and it looks great!

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    The Novice Chef — September 16, 2009 at 3:15 am

    What a cute idea! I love it!! And I know my nieces would be in love!

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    nutmegnanny — September 16, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Great idea…they look delicious!

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    jesstyler — September 16, 2009 at 4:08 am

    holy deliciousness! I NEED one of those! 🙂

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    Kerstin — September 16, 2009 at 4:48 am

    How creative, I love them! So cute and tasty with that cherry on top!

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    Ingrid — September 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Very cute looking! I like your idea.
    ~ingrid

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    lifeoftheparty — September 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    These cupcakes are pure genius… you’ve definitely got my vote!

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    Jigginjessica — September 17, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Cute idea! What a great entry!

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    thegreatpantryraid — September 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Wow – super cute! A lot of work, I’m sure, but such a big payoff! Great job!

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    Kami — September 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    So stinkin’ cute!

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    Caroline — September 19, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Very cute, indeed and loving the pineapple in the frosting. I can just imagine how delicious this would taste. What a great idea.

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    Keiara Wells — September 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    MMM, it looks fantastic! I’ll have to try this one 🙂 xox

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    Sweet and Savory — October 15, 2009 at 5:55 am

    These cupcakes are precious besides, I am sure, being delicious. What a great idea.

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