Warm Winter-Vegetable Salad
© Jan Baldwin

Warm Winter-Vegetable Salad

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN

Winter vegetables like carrots, beets, parsnips and celery root are still plentiful in March and are terrific when roasted until sweet and blistered. Sophie Dahl loves the vegetables' vibrant colors on dreary days.

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  1. 1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  2. 1 small sweet potato (about 8 ounces), cut into 1-inch pieces
  3. 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  4. 1 parsnip, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  5. 1 small celery root (about 12 ounces), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  6. 1 small beet, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  7. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  8. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  9. 1/4 cup walnuts
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  11. 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  12. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  13. 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  14. 1 ounce feta, crumbled (1/4 cup)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. In a medium roasting pan, toss the onion, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, celery root and beet with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and roast for about 45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until tender and lightly browned in spots.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast until golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer the walnuts to a work surface and coarsely chop.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with the lemon juice, mustard and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and fold in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Add the vegetables and walnuts to the dressing and toss. Top the salad with the feta and serve warm or at room temperature.
Make Ahead
The roasted winter vegetables and dressing can be refrigerated separately overnight. Rewarm the roasted vegetables before serving.