This is a delicious winter salad that takes advantage of root vegetables that are in season this time of year.


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This recipe comes from the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Cardio Metabolic (Modified Mediterranean) food plan.


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Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

Makes 4 Servings.



  • 1 medium sweet potato cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow potato, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into ¾-inch slices
  • 1 small red onion, cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 2 medium celery stalks, cut into ¾-inch slices
  • 1 medium beet, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ season freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, finely chopped (optional or substitute with almonds)
  • 1 ounce (30 grams) feta cheese, crumbled



  1. Preheat oven to 425F/225 C.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together potatoes, carrot, red onion, celery, beet and ½ tablespoon of the oil, coating well. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange the vegetables on a cookie sheet and spread the mixture evenly in a single layer. Roast, stirring several times, until tender and beginning to brown, about 50 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and stir in parsley and cilantro. Drizzle dressing over vegetables, add walnuts and gently toss.
  5. Top with crumbled feta. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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