Monday, November 14, 2011

RECIPE: Roasted Vegetable Salad with Sherry Dressing


For the vegetables:
2 TBSP vegetable oil
6 cloves garlic, quartered
1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 small carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 small celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the salad and dressing:
1/2 lb. hardy greens (spinach, kale, or escarole), stemmed if necessary
1 tsp chopped fresh marjoram
1 tsp chopped fresh sage
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
About 1 oz. shaved or grated Parmesan cheese

Roast the vegetables:
Heat the oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, toss the oil, garlic, onion, carrots, potatoes, sweet potato, celery root, salt, and pepper to coat the vegetables well. Spread them out in one layer on rimmed baking sheets and roast, stirring frequently, until tender and brown, 25 to 30 min.

Make the salad and dressing:
When the vegetables are almost finished, put the greens in a large stainless steel mixing bowl; set aside. (If you don’t have a stainless bowl, see below.) In a small bowl, whisk the herbs, vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle half the dressing (reserve the rest) over the greens and set the bowl over a burner heated to medium. With tongs, toss the greens in the bowl over the heat just until the greens begin to wilt.

(If you don’t have a stainless bowl, heat half the dressing, reserving the rest, in a small saucepan and toss it with the greens in a mixing bowl off the heat.)

Add the hot cooked vegetables to the greens and toss well. Distribute the salad among four plates, top with the Parmesan, and drizzle on the remaining dressing or pass it at the table. Serve warm.

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