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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14 Responses to “Dairy Free Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla Ice Cream Cupcakes”

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    ttfn300 — May 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

    these look so fun! i, too, am LI, but i carry lactaid with me everywhere… and jp licks makes a lactose free flavor 🙂

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    Jen — May 27, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Lactaid is my best friend. I have spare pills in the car, in Hubby’s wallet, in my purse and desk. Can’t ever be too prepared! I have had their lactose free flavors and they’re quite tasty. I wish they had more than one a month though!

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    Sam — May 27, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Ooooh. This looks too good. I’m gonna have to try that.

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    Stef — May 27, 2009 at 4:23 am

    I love the idea of using the cone method for ice cream cupcakes. I hadn’t thought of that. That strawberry down the middle of the cupcake is so perfect! I’m so glad you entered again!

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    gaga — May 27, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I wouldn’t be able to live without ice cream! Your cupcakes are beautiful. Good luck in the competition!!!

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    Ingrid — May 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    They look pretty! Love the photo of the cross section where you can see the strawberry.
    ~ingrid

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    Vegiegail — May 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Those cupcakes look scrumptious! Oh, and you’ve gotta try Purely Decadent made with Coconut Milk Ice Cream! It’s rich and creamy, a lot like gelatto!

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    Jen — May 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks Vegiegail – I’ll have to check that out.

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    Sara — June 1, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    So cute! These are so pretty with the strawberry in the middle and they look delicious.

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    paru's_circle — June 3, 2009 at 4:23 am

    voted for your strawberry one..good luck!

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    Bethany — June 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    gorgeous. love the inset strawberry. love the Neapolitan theme.

    bethany@scoopalicious

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    Shoshana — June 12, 2009 at 4:46 am

    I agree with you about the non-dairy ice creams available in stores. However, If you have an ice cream maker vegan chick-0-stick ice cream is unbelievably rich, creamy and delicious.

    Here is the recipe http://couldntbeparve.blogspot.com/2008/09/chick-o-stick-ice-cream_04.html

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    Karen — May 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hey, these cupcakes sound awesome! I use to be Lactose Int., but I found the best cure ever & seriously have been L.I. cured for 7 years. I could not give up my dairy & use to take 3 Lactaid every time I ate.I heard about “Lactogen” on the radio on the way home from a trip. I would do anything to get rid of my L.I. so it was $90.00 at the time so I said what the heck I spent $200.00 a year on Lactaid. I was floored that it worked & 7 years later still no signs. I drink milk every morning, cheese everyday, & ice cream when ever. It retrains your body to except lactose, so for 42 days while you take it (a mix to drink with water) you have to stay away from all dairy & anything with dairy in it. I just went to the health food store during that time. I am sure you can find it on the web. Lactogen is the name

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    Karen — May 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    This is my second post, it erased my first. But for all you suffering with Lactose Int. try Lactogen it really works I have been cured for going on 7 years now. It was only $90.00 when I tried it & I was spending $200 a year on Lactaid at the time. I now can drink milk every morning, & eat cheese every day & ice cream when ever. It is not an on going thing you take it once for 43 days & that is it.

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