Thoughts By Natalie

roasted root vegetable salad.

This week’s recipe is my new favorite winter salad, and is inspired by Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe on Giada at Home. While I’m sure her version is absolutely to-die-for, it was far too complicated and involved for me to get on board with. Thus, I simplified it and created my own version:

Assorted veggies: such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, broccoli, and cauliflower
Edamame, shelled
Champagne vinaigrette


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Chop your veggies and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes, or until they’re all soft and slightly crispy on the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa following these instructions.
  3. Once vegetables and quinoa are ready, combine in a bowl with a handful of arugula, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of shelled edamame. Drizzle with champagne vinaigrette and enjoy!

What’s your favorite winter salad?

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  • Reply
    Rachel Johnson
    December 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve got to make this sometime, thanks for sharing! My mom makes a basic salad at Christmastime with spinach, pomegranate seeds, and champagne vinaigrette – that’s it! It’s simple and extremely tasty.

  • Reply
    Natalie Lynn Borton
    December 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Oh yum, that salad sounds delicious! I think I’m going to have that at lunch every single day next week. Thanks for sharing!

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