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Warm Winter-Vegetable Salad

By Sophie Dahl

Who says the winter garden is dull?

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1hr 15 minutes


  • 1 small red onion, cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 1 small sweet potato, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1 small beetroot, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1½ tsp balsamic vinegar
    * 1½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup feta, crumbled


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a medium roasting pan, toss the onion, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, celery root and beetroot with 2 tbsp of the olive oil. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and roast for about 45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until tender and lightly browned in spots.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast until golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer the walnuts to a work surface and coarsely chop.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with the lemon juice, mustard and the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and fold in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Add the vegetables and walnuts to the dressing and toss. Top the salad with the feta and serve warm or at room temperature.