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Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

CSA season has started again.

You know what that means.

Salads. Lots and lots of salads.

It’s quite a welcome change, actually, considering the less-than-healthy fare we’ve been eating non-stop for the last few months. All in the name of recipe development!

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

By far one of our favorite salads is this one: full of hearty and sweet roasted root vegetables. With goat cheese (of course). It’s filling enough to count for dinner (or would be great as a side alongside a more substantial meat). The roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the beets and carrots, and makes less-desirable roots like radishes and turnips surprisingly edible. Plus I love the way that the beets stain every thing they touch a vibrant magenta. It’s like a sunset in a tin-foil packet.

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

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3 medium beets
2 small turnips
4 small radishes
4 medium carrots
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
goat cheese


Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Peel and cut beets into 1-inch pieces. Chop remaining root veggies into similarly sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper to taste; toss to coat. Dump veggies onto a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up edges to form a packet. Place packet on cookie sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Toss lettuce with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus more salt and pepper to taste. Divide among serving bowls. Top with roasted veggies and crumbled goat cheese.

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  1. Yumtasktic

  2. I often get funny looks when I talk about roasting radishes. Thank you forspreading the good word!!

  3. I love how you have found a way to combine hearty root vegetables in a summer dish. Roosted root vegetables with honey is one of my favorite dishes. I have this wonderful clay pot that works with a charm. I have been staying away from them because I couldn’t figure out what to pair them with. I am glad I saw your post.

  4. Glad to read you’re a member of a CSA! I’ve been meaning to sign up for one…love how you get tons of in-season produce, support the local farmers and have mass quantities of nutrition. Your salad looks fantastic. Roasted veggies are my go-to for for keeping a meal nutritious and balanced. Beautiful, healthy recipe!

  5. I absolutely love root vegetables. Since this requires a 400-degree oven, however, I may save this recipe for fall/winter.

    Keep writing…

  6. wow that looks so delicious! i love the combination of the crunchy lettuce with the creamy roasted veg! and what beautiful colors too! thanks for sharing!

  7. I always contemplate joining a CSA but between my own veggie garden and the lovely farmers markets, I don’t know if I could keep up! Your salad is gorgeous.

  8. I absolutely LOVE the colors of this salad. And goat cheese is awesome! Love this combination. :)

  9. I love anything with goat cheese and this looks especially tasty!

  10. Great looking salad – I’m sure it’s delicious!

  11. I make something similar except I roast sweet potatoes and sliced purple onion. When it comes out of the oven I squeeze fresh limes over the potatoes/onion and toss together. Something about the combiniation of the sweet in the potato, the roasted onion flavor and the tangy lime juice creates an flavor that is out of this world. I eat them as a side dish to meat – or I add the hot mixture to baby spinach and toss together to wilt the spinach a little. So, so yummy!
    I will have to try using some of the veggies you mention to add variety to my yummy mix.

  12. I love you salad. It looks like “summer” in a bowl.

  13. I’m so excited for salad season! The colors in yours make it so inviting.

  14. This is great! My CSA box starts next week, and I’ll be needing some veggie inspiration :)

  15. Fabulous recipe! I love it!! It’s so refreshing looking!!

  16. This looks delicious! This will be our second summer joining a CSA. We never cooked with beets or radishes before last summer, so I am excited to try this recipe.

  17. I am all about foods that taste as good as they look! I will definitely have to try this one.
    Add goat cheese to anything and I’m immediately sold

  18. I love beets and anything with them, this salad is so colorful, a perfect summery lunch!


  20. I looove the look of this! So tasty!

  21. Amazing look.

  22. Hmmm looks good!

  23. roasted beets and once they caramelize are as close to “nature’s candy” as a vegetable can get! I LOVE THEM!

  24. What a great looking salad and yes we are both on a beet kick! Don’t you just love them. I need to get signed up for our local CSA since I know they always have such wonderful items. Excited for your book that is coming out soon!!! :-)

  25. Yum!! I always love a good salad!

  26. This looks so healthy and I can just imagine eating it for supper. We’ve yet to see the warm weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but this is on my list to have this summer!

  27. Dinner salads, like this one, are made frequently in our household. There are few things I enjoy more than a big salad, especially when it gets to be really hot outside and I want something that will satisfy me, but won’t leave me feeling disgustingly full. Can’t wait for my CSA to start up again this week! Hopefully they’ll send me the ingredients to make this!

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