This post was originally published here on January 26, 2015. I’ve since updated the photographs and text. Because let’s be honest, the photographs weren’t that great before!
This is the kind of salad I want to eat every damn day. Forever and ever. Until I’m old and cranky (crankier?) and my teeth are falling out. And then at that point, I’ll just toss the entire thing into my blender and turn it into a smoothie bowl.
But seriously, I’ve been eating this Roasted Vegetable Power Bowl (or some very similar version of it) everyday for lunch for the past couple of weeks. It’s one of those salads that doesn’t really feel like a salad. It’s substantial and hearty. And it won’t leave you feeling deprived. In fact, the only reason you’ll be left wanting more is because it’s so gosh darn delicious. Second helpings are highly encouraged.
I’ve written the recipe out below so it makes two servings. But what I actually do in real life is roast up a whole mess of vegetables at the beginning of the week, cook up a big pot of quinoa and make a big jar of the tahini dressing. Then I can assemble one of these bowls at a moments notice anytime throughout the week. Because when hunger strikes, you want to be ready and willing to strike back.
Sometimes I switch out the sweet potatoes for butternut squash. Or substitute cauliflower for the broccoli. You can also use brown rice as a base instead of the quinoa. Oh and a few slices of avocado never hurt anyone. Basically, it’s a choose your own adventure kind of situation. You can build these bowl in any which way to suit your tastes preferences (and to accommodate whatever you might have lingering in your crisper drawer!).
I try to keep the vegetables somewhat separated on the baking sheet so the color of the beets doesn’t bleed into everything. But it’s not really necessary. Unless of course you want to snap a dope photo and Instagram that shit. Then by all means, be a little fussy with those vegetables.
For the Salad:
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 small beets, trimmed, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Black pepper
- 2 cups mixed greens
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
For the Dressing:
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon tahini paste
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, toss the cubed sweet potato with 1-2 tsp. of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Transfer to one side of a large rimmed baking sheet. In the same bowl, now season the cubed beets with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add these to the same rimmed baking sheet, but keep them separate from the sweet potatoes so the color of the beets doesn’t bleed into the sweet potatoes. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated over and roast for 10 minutes.
- Add the broccoli florets to the same bowl and season with olive oil, salt and pepper in the same manner as you did for the sweet potatoes and beets. After 10 minutes, add the broccoli florets to the baking sheet with the sweet potatoes and beets (keeping them spaced away from the beets) and then return your baking sheet to your oven for another 10 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the oven and set aside.
- While the vegetables are roasting, make the dressing. In a small bowl stir together all of the ingredients until smooth. You can add a tablespoon of water to thin the dressing, if you prefer.
- To assemble the bowls, divide the lettuce evenly between two bowls. Then top with the roasted vegetables, cooked quinoa, almonds and cilantro, dividing all the ingredients evenly between the two bowls. Drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately.