Warm Winter Vegetable Salad (with bacon!)

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad (with bacon!)

We’re in the throes of winter! Actually, we’re not here in Miami. After the ridiculous cold last week, it’s been a crisp and beautiful 70 degrees every day. This is why I live here! But enough bragging. For most of you, it’s still freezing outside and that makes salads really unappealing. Cold vegetables? No thanks. You want something warm and rich, like a lasagna. Or like this warm winter vegetable salad.

You start with rutabaga (or potatoes), carrots, leeks and brussel sprouts. Those get roasted with some olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh herbs and just a little bit of applewood smoked bacon. You know, because it’s winter and you need bacon in the wintertime. Once they’re caramelized and delicious-looking, you toss everything with some whole wheat orzo and drizzle with a balsamic reduction.

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad (with bacon!)

This salad doesn’t mess around – it’s bold and rich from the roasted vegetables, woodsy from the herbs and a little smoky from of the bacon. It’s everything you could ever ask for in a salad – except for lettuce.

12 Comments

  1. This sounds absolutely delicious. So many ingredients that I would not have thought to combine. Thank you for a great idea, I have already bookmarked the recipe and can’t wait to make it.

  2. Now this is one fine dish that screams winter!!Looking forward to making this, the roasting of the vegetables, smokey bacon and rosemary are all calling my name! :)

  3. This looks great! It’s definitely on the menu for next week.

    I hear ya about the South Florida weather – I’m in West Palm. Although, I enjoyed our cold snap! I love sweaters and fuzzy socks! I have way too much winter clothing for this place. I’m sick of wearing tank tops!

  4. Looks delicious I love beacon in salad gives it amazing taste going to try it

  5. Wow…that really does look delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever tried rutabaga, sounds like a great way to start.

  6. I love the idea of adding the orzo to the roasting pan to toss. I would have done the opposite but this seems like a much better way to make sure you soak up all of those delicious pan drippings. That’s a technique I am going to keep! Thanks!

  7. I am inspired by so many of your dishes. I thought it was time I told you how much I think they rock! Thanks for that.

  8. This seemed like the perfect recipe to try on a frigid Tuesday night in Brooklyn, and it did not disappoint!

    We ended up reducing a tiny bit of the oil that went in for the roasting, then drizzled it with black truffle oil in addition to the balsamic, and I thought my tastebuds were going to explode.

    Definitely going to make this no less than 5 or 6 more times before March rolls in. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  10. Thanks for this awesome-sounding recipe! I’m in Pennsylvania stranded in all the snow, and I thought I was going to be reduced to making fish sticks tonight until I came across this post! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. I made this recipe on a cold Colorado night. It was delicious. Also, it was great the next day for lunch. Thank you for all the great recipes.

  12. Oh how I wish it were winter, so I could make this this beautiful salad. I ADORE roasted vegetables.

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