May 17, 2013

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad with Arugula Pesto Vinaigrette

Roasted Spring Vegetable Arugula Salad with Arugula Pesto Vinaigrette - healthy and light Spring meal!

So I just realized that I’ve been posting a lot of salad and vegetable recipes on here lately.  Sorry if it’s getting repetitive; but now that spring veggies are available and the weather is turning warmer, I seem to crave salads a lot more often! 

I promise I'll try to post something different next week, but with the May long weekend starting tonight (for us Canadians) and all the burgers, beer, ice cream, etc., that tend to go along with it, I thought you guys wouldn’t mind if I squeezed in one more healthy salad recipe today!  (Although by that logic I guess I should be posting this after the weekend instead, but because this weekend is the unofficial start to summer, I need to squeeze in another spring recipe before it’s too late!)

Roasted Spring Vegetable Arugula Salad with Arugula Pesto Vinaigrette - healthy and light Spring meal!

This is a perfect light spring meal (or side dish) that makes the most of local produce by packing a ton of roasted veggies into an arugula salad and covering it all in a fresh arugula pesto vinaigrette.  Because arugula has a bit of a bite to it, I mellowed it out with some grated parmesan cheese which balanced everything out quite well, though I also think a creamy goat cheese could be a nice touch instead!

I hope that all my Canadian friends have a safe and happy long weekend!  I don’t have anything exciting planned, and all I’m hoping is that the weather will be nice enough to enjoy some drinks and dinner outside to kick off the summer.  Fingers crossed!

Roasted Spring Vegetable Arugula Salad with Arugula Pesto Vinaigrette - healthy and light Spring meal!

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad with Arugula Pesto Vinaigrette

Adapted from Eating Well

Makes 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings

Ingredients:

For the Vegetables:
1 cup mini potatoes, larger ones halved into bite sized pieces
1 cup radishes, quartered or cut into similar sizes to potatoes
1 cup baby carrots
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
Salt & pepper
1 cup green beans or asparagus, ends trimmed*

For the Arugula Pesto:
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup packed arugula
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon walnuts or pine nuts
1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste

For the Salad:
2 cups arugula
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Toss potatoes, radishes, and carrots with 2 teaspoons of oil and season with salt and pepper.  Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast in preheated oven for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.  If using green beans, drizzle them with a bit of oil and add to the pan for the last 15 minutes of cooking.  If using asparagus, drizzle with a bit of oil and add for the last 8-10 minutes of cooking. 
*Note you can use any mix of vegetables that you want, as long as you have about 4 cups of veggies total.  Just adjust the cooking times accordingly.

Meanwhile, prepare arugula pesto.  Add all ingredients for the pesto to the large bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.

Let roasted veggies cool slightly, then toss with arugula.  Add arugula pesto and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper and top with shaved or grated parmesan cheese.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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