The Versatility of Roasted Vegetables: Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

This Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad is very forgiving, with the vegetables and dressing you use. You can easily customize this recipe to become your very own.

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I love to roast! It’s great for meats, it’s great for poultry and it’s better for vegetables!!! Roasting is one of the easiest cooking techniques, in my opinion. You basically heat your oven to the desired temperature and cook your food. Boom. That’s it. And when you have a house of picky eaters, having the meat and veggies separate makes dinner time more peaceful for all.

The first time I made this Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad was for my in-laws. It was a BIG hit. Since then, I have continued to make it and serve it as as an appetizer with olives, artichoke hearts and crusty Italian bread. It never lasts long.

And what’s not to love?

Eggplant, mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions… whatever vegetables you have on hand will do. The key is to cut the vegetables in equal sizes so they roast evenly. You don’t want a bowl full of mush, so don’t cut them too small.

The beauty of this dish, is that you can serve it hot or cold, as a salad, side dish, light meal or appetizer. Toss it in some pasta, mix in quinoa, or add some shrimp or chicken and you have a hearty meal for those with big appetites.

Roasted Balsamic Vegetable Salad

This salad is so easy to put together and also makes a great tapenade. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 2 Italian eggplants, cut in 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 zucchini, cut in 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 lb mushrooms, halved if large
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 TBS red balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, julienned

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. In a large bowl combine:
    • 2 Italian eggplants , cut in 1/2-inch chunks
    • 2 zucchini , cut in 1/2-inch chunks
    • 1 red bell pepper , seeded and cut in 1/2-inch chunks
    • 1 red onion , peeled and cut in 1/2-inch chunks
    • 1 lb mushrooms , halved if large
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 TBS red balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  3. Coat well then place evenly in a large baking sheet. Make sure onions do not separate into single pieces. Keep them in large chunks.
  4. Leave any excess oil and vinegar in the bowl.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir the vegetables up and bake an additional 20 minutes or until vegetables are browned.
  6. In the meantime, cook per package directions:
    • 1 cup quinoa , uncooked
  7. When both the quinoa and vegetables are cooked, remove both from heat and allow to cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  8. Combine both the quinoa and vegetables in the large bowl with the remaining oil and vinegar, if any.
  9. Gently stir in:
    • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar, red
    • 1 lemon , juice and zest
    • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
    • 1/2 cup fresh basil , julienned
      • Adjust seasoning to taste.
      • Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve cold.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Serve as a side dish or as an appetizer.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time:

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