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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30 Responses to “Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake”

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    CB — March 30, 2008 at 4:57 am

    I love the idea of perfect party minicakes!! They look delish! Great job! That flour picture is so funny. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that – flour on the counter, on my KA, in my hair, on my face!
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

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    Nemmie — March 30, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Yum! Love the raspberry/lemon combo, and the mini cakes are adorable 🙂

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    Morven — March 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Well done – what an innovative variation. They look so cute!

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    Maryann — March 30, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I can totally relate to the slippery effect.
    Your cake looks beautiful!

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    Sheltie Girl — March 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    You did a lovely job on all your mini cakes.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

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    slush — March 30, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Adorable! Your KA and mine would be best friends. ‘Chuck’ is always filthy. Poor guy. He gets cleaned up, just to be coated again. 😉

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    Ben — March 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    How cute! Making mini-cakes is a great idea. Next time I make this cake I will try that, I still have a HUGE cake in the fridge I need to eat :-/

    Cheers!

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    ~Amber~ — March 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Great idea on the mini cakes. They are really cute. Great job. To the next challenge we go.

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    Carrie — March 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    beautifully done!!! love it!!!

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    Jerry — March 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I love the little cakes! Plus the raspberries! Yummy!

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    L Vanel — March 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    The mini cakes look really amazing!

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    Allergy Mom — March 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    The minicakes are wonderful! Now, you’ll need my address to send one…Libby 😉

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    Butta Buns — March 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Love the idea of the mini cakes, that’s so adorable!

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    Bridget — March 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Mini-cakes are definitely more work than one large cake! They’re so cute though.

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    Nikki — March 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    What a cute idea! They look adorable!

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    Gail — March 30, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I love desserts in miniature and your mini cakes look beautiful. I think I will most definitely be making mini cakes sometime in the near future – thank you for the wonderful idea!

    ~gail

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    Claire — March 30, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’m loving the mini versions! The cake looks fantastic. Mmmmm!

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    Peabody — March 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I made mini ones too. I hate to tell you but it is way easier to frost a whole cake than mini ones. 🙂
    Looks great.

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    Beth G. — March 30, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful!! You did a gorgeous job :O)

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    Namratha — March 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    These individual cakes look pretty…well done!

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    Lesley — March 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Really cute idea to make individual cakes, I love that. Great job!

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    jasmine — March 31, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I adore your minicakes. V lovely.

    j

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    leafy bombshell — March 31, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Oh! the minicakes are just the best idea ever. I probably should have done that with my oh-so flat cakes. How great.

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    Ritsumei — March 31, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Mini cakes -what a great idea! I think I’m going to have to try that here pretty soon. Looks like a delicious lot of fun. Especially the part where you get to eat the scraps. I think this cake was some of the best I’ve had.

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    ruthEbabes — March 31, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    What cute little mini cakes! Aren’t things just better when they’re mini?

    Great work!

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    Gabi — March 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I love the little cakes and the picture with the raspberry and lemon zest is so enticing!
    Perfect!
    xoxo
    Gabi

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    Jenny — April 1, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Another messy baker here! And I love the mini cakes – I’m nice to see its as low-tech as cutting circles out of larger pieces rather than trying to bake a bunch of cakes in miniature pans.

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    creampuff — April 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Jen,

    Your little cakes are gorgeous! I too love swiss buttercream … congratulations on a job well done!

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    JMom — April 1, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    wow, that takes some patience, putting all those cakes together! They are just the cutest though. ~ JMom

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    Big Boys Oven — April 2, 2008 at 8:54 am

    so petite and cute!

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