You guys. This recipe is freaking DELICIOUS and SUPER healthy. Even my dad took seconds. This salad was the result of another I’m gonna cook with whatever’s around session, and I must say I’m pretty proud of myself. It could be done really beautifully too – with some colorful farmer’s market carrots and beets. I was working with leftover baby carrots from party trays and some giant beets I never juiced, so it’s not quite as artful in the photo as I imagine it could be. If you’re not vegan, I bet goat cheese would be a great addition. Without further ado:
Warm Roasted Veggie Salad with Basil-Thyme Pesto
1 large beet or several smaller beets, thickly sliced
A couple carrots thickly sliced – about 1 cup worth
Half a head of cabbage sliced into thick wedges
1 cup cooked chickpeas
Spinach leaves for base
A bunch or two of basil – about 1/2 cup lightly packed
Big handful of thyme
2/3 cup pine nuts
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 and prep veggies. Arrange beets, carrots, and cabbage on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast for 20-25 minutes.
2. Combine pine nuts, lemon juice, a tiny bit of olive oil, basil leaves, and thyme (for the most part I just throw the whole stem in, except for the section closer to the root where it gets stiffer and more fibrous) in a food processor. Process until smooth and salt to taste.
3. Arrange salad bowls/plates with a small bed of spinach for the base. Top with roasted veggies, chickpeas, and a few generous plops of pesto. Enjoy!
In other news, I’ve been back in Alabama for a few days, and I am enjoying some amazing weather. There is nothing better than sitting on the porch with a glass of wine, listening to the crickets on a cool evening. There is also nothing better than sitting on the porch with a big cup of coffee and a book at dawn, when the dew is fresh and the light is soft. There is also nothing better than sitting on the porch with a big bottle of water, stretching in the warmth of the sun after an afternoon jog. Basically there is nothing better than a porch and a beverage and this weather. Alabama is beautiful. Take a look: