Harissa Roasted Vegetable and Apple Salad

This spicy and sweet salad is a beautiful medley of flavors, textures, and temperatures. I love using harissa, particularly in the winter time. As mentioned in one of our previous blog posts, harissa is a Tunisian spicy chili pepper paste that is made by blending roasted peppers, garlic, and aromatic spices. You can easily purchase harissa at most local grocery stores. I usually buy it from Trader Joes, and it is delicious! I put my harissa on everything – eggs, toast, roasted chickpeas to name a few. Just remember, a little goes a long way!

Ingredients:

  • Salad Mix (12 oz, we used the Mediterranean Style Salad Kit from Trader Joes)
  • Yellow Squash (3, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • Zucchini (1, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • Red Bell Pepper (1, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • Red Apples (2, cut into 1/4 inch long match stick size pieces)
  • Lemon (1)
  • Harissa (2-3 teaspoons)
  • Honey (2 teaspoons)
  • Yogurt (1/2 cup)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Recipe (4 servings):

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine about 1-2 teaspoons of harissa with the honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Adjust the harissa amount based on how spicy you like your food. Add salt to taste.
  3. Combine the squash, zucchini, bell pepper in a bowl and toss with the paste made in step 2 until all the vegetables are evenly coated.
  4. Place the vegetables in the oven and cook until they are gently roasted. This should take about 20-25 minutes. Be sure to flip and rotate about halfway through to ensure they are all evenly cooked. Set aside to cool.
  5. While the vegetables are cooking, you can start by making your dressing. Combine the yogurt with 1 teaspoon of harissa and season with salt.
  6. You can also prepare your apples at this time.  Toss the apples with the juice of 1 lemon to prevent them from browning and to add an acidic kick.
  7. To serve, add dollops of the yogurt dressing to the bottom of the plate. Top with the salad greens. Next add the roasted vegetables and the apple! And enjoy!

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