Roasted Vegetables with Smashed-Walnut Vinaigrette


Simple roasted vegetables are the perfect dish to dress up for the holidays. Here, Food & Wine’s Laura Rege makes a tangy, slightly sweet and deliciously nutty vinaigrette to match with everything from cauliflower and carrots to brussels sprouts and winter squash. Slideshow: More Roasted Vegetable Recipes 

Roasted Vegetables with Smashed-Walnut Vinaigrette
Photo: Con Poulos
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 pound medium brussels sprouts, halved

  • One 2-pound head of cauliflower, cored and cut into florets

  • 1 1/2 pounds multicolored carrots, sliced lengthwise into 4- to 5-inch pieces

  • 1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 cup whole walnuts, toasted and smashed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus more for serving

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, plus more for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° with racks positioned in the upper and lower thirds.

  2. On 3 separate rimmed baking sheets, place the brussels sprouts, cauliflower and carrots. Toss the vegetables on each baking sheet with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Roast the brussels sprouts until tender, 20 minutes. Tent with foil and keep warm. Roast the cauliflower and carrots until golden and tender, 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer the vegetables to bowls.

  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the vinegar with the maple syrup and Dijon. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil until incorporated. Scrape the smashed walnuts into the bowl, then stir in the 2 tablespoons of parsley and the 1 tablespoon of orange zest and season with salt. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the roasted vegetables, garnish with more parsley and orange zest and serve.

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