Roasted Vegetable Salad with Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette

 

Roasted Veggie Salad with Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette
Happy Monday, hope everyone had a great weekend!  Tom was away snowboarding with some friends this weekend so I spent some time catching up with friends and checking things off my never-ending to-do list!  It was also a great weekend for Oto, he is thoroughly exhausted now.  On Saturday we took a long walk at a nearby reservation with some friends and he had fun playing in the dog park with his buddies.

Oto Frisbee

Sometimes he can be a little annoying and bark a lot when he’s playing so I learned that if I just stuff something in his mouth, he plays much better.  I found this frisbee at the dog park so that became the “bark stopper” for the day.  Yesterday we took him to a Boston Terrier meetup group where he played with 20 something other Bostons.  It’s really pretty hilarious because they all act exactly the same.  Plus, the owners are much more forgiving when Oto jumps up at their face trying to stick his tongue in their mouth.

Roasted Veggie Salad with Orange Vanilla VinaigretteOk, on to this delicious salad now.  I don’t know about you but I LOVE roasted vegetables.  No, you don’t understand, like I really LOVE them.  Almost as much as grilled vegetables.  I’d almost rather have a sweet crispy piece of zucchini than chocolate cake (almost).

I roasted off a bunch of veggies last weekend with the intention of adding them to salads throughout the week but I realized I didn’t want to wait, I decided to just whip up some dressing, pour it on, and call it a meal.

Roasted Veggie Salad with Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette

You can roast whatever vegetables you have on hand, I used zucchini, peppers, red onions & sweet potatoes (which take a little longer by the way).  You could use butternut squash, cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms…whatever your heart desires.

I’ve been slightly obsessing over oranges lately so why not throw that obsession into a dressing? I have to say, it was pretty damn good!  The mellow vanilla flavor was the perfect balance to the acidity of the orange juice.

Roasted Veggie Salad with Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette

I’m just going to post the recipe for the vinaigrette below, your roasting time will vary based on the vegetables you use.  Just toss them in some olive oil, salt & pepper and then roast at 400 F until they are soft & browned.

Enjoy!

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This Stuff.

VisionBoard

Our boot camp group recently got together and we all made “vision boards” that would help inspire us to reach our fitness & weight loss goals.  I made two small boards that I could hang next to my desk to keep me motivated.  It may seem a little silly but when I’m getting ready to get up and take my lunch break and I look over and see all these happy, smiling, fit people, it encourages me to make better choices so I can reach my goals.  If you’re having a hard time staying motivated, it might be a good thing to try out! :)

Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette

Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Salad
Misc Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium lemon
  • 1 small orange
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt & pepper (to taste)

Directions

1. In a blender, combine the juice of 1/2 a lemon, the juice & pulp from the orange and remaining ingredients.
2. Blend until smooth.

 

6 Responses to Roasted Vegetable Salad with Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette

  1. I love the flavor combination in this vinaigrette. I’ve been getting a little bored with my typical oil/lemon juice, so I’ll definitely be giving your recipe a try. :)

    Oto barking at the dog park reminds me of Honey – her favorite game is to run figure eights at the park, barking the entire way. It’s always slightly embarrassing, and I swear she never barks at home. I’ve tried giving her a toy, but then she gets every other dog at the park to chase her and ends up getting trampled. There could be twenty dogs just chilling when we get there, and within 2 seconds of letting Honey off the leash, every single one of them will be chasing her. So yeah, the park rarely happens because it’s too stressful for me. haha

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Haha, that makes me feel so much better that Oto’s not the only one. When we’re home he NEVER barks but the second we get there he just barks CONSTANTLY. We should get them together some time, I bet they would be best friends, Oto loves chasing! At the day camp we take him to they keep moving him around to different rooms to get things going again when they get boring :)

  2. Omg that pic of Oto is TOO FREAKIN CUTE!

  3. Tara says:

    This was wonderful! I had never thought of adding a sauce to roasted vegetables. I love the combination of orange and vanilla.

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