MoFo #9: Autumn root vegetable salad

9 Oct

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Happy Tuesday!  My fall salad post for the week is the autumn root veggie salad with maple fig dressing from Veganomicon.

This salad feels fancy but it’s actually pretty simple — just field greens, roasted beets, sweet potatoes, and plain potatoes. It’s just kind of time- and dish-intensive. The beets are supposed to be roasted whole and the potatoes and yams are supposed to be boiled. Well I just cranked up the temp in my oven, pre-chopped all the veggies so they would cook more quickly, and roasted them all at the same time in individual foil packets. It was so much easier (and less to clean up!) that way!

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Excuse my ugly oven. I had a pie spill its fillings a while ago and I kept the smoking down by pouring baking soda on top of the mess…which I still haven’t cleaned up!

I pretty much hate making salad dressings, so this was my least favorite part, especially chopping an entire cup of sticky mission figs. They get sauteed with onions and garlic, which smelled amazing, then the pan is deglazed with a little white wine.

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After adding some maple syrup, dijon, and balsamic vinegar, the mix gets a whiz in the blender to yield a really chunky salad dressing. I think it would also be a great dip or a veggie glaze.

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I hastily threw everything together into the final salad because I was impatient and hungry. So it’s not the prettiest pic I ever took but I love all the colors! And it was delicious to boot. There’s something to be said for adding feta to sweet salads like this and I felt like it would have been a good addition. I think I’ll have to root around for a vegan feta recipe before I finish up these leftovers.

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3 Responses to “MoFo #9: Autumn root vegetable salad”

  1. Carrie October 10, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    That salad *does* seem really fancy! I think there is a positive correlation between perceived fanciness and the length of the salad recipe name.

  2. ameyfm October 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    that salad looks amazing! and so complicated! I totally agree about making salad dressing – ha! I don’t know why, but I really don’t like doing it. I try to make a big batch so that i only have to do it every couple of weeks. I love salads like this that have roasted veggies in them, and are more substantial. This is beautiful!

  3. Maggie Muggins October 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    That’s way more fancy then what I would normally do, but then fancy to me is anything that requires more than just shaking all the dressing ingredients together. Root vegetable salads are the best, so hearty and filling. I wish I could find some figs around here and try it.

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