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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12 Responses to “Fig, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Crostini”

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    Lauren — September 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Looks delicious! Goat cheese & fig is a timeless flavor combination :).

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    Eliana — September 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Everything about these cute little bites looks amazing. I’m dreaming about all the wonderful flavors as I type right now.

    Wandered over here from the Indecisive Baker blog and love it. Looking forward to reading more of your blog posts.

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    kitchenmisfit — September 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I love everything about this recipe!

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    We Are Not Martha — September 4, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I love ANYTHING with caramelized onion! And I’m so excited to cook with figs 🙂 These look awesome!

    Sues

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Figs, goat cheese and caramelized onions? Three of my favorite ingredients!

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    Cara — September 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    So you lost your fresh fig virginity! See, that wasn’t so bad! jk 🙂 I hope fresh fig season doesn’t fly by too quickly, I have some ideas I’d like to get to before they go away!

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    newlywed — September 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    These look both beautiful and delicious! A great appetizer recipe to impress guests.

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    tobiascooks! — September 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Beautiful combo of ingredients. I love this kind of snack!

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    nutmegnanny — September 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    As soon as I saw goat cheese I knew I would love these! Yum!

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    Justin — September 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    sounds like a nice combination of flavors

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    MamaFeelgood — September 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I just found all these goat cheese recipes and fainted.
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    Julie — November 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I made this for a party this past weekend and it was a huge hit! Although, I did notice the fig flavor was almost non-existent. I couldn’t find black mission figs in the markets, so I used green. I think green figs are much more bland than black mission figs, so I wouldn’t recommend making this dish unless you can find black figs.

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