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An easy, colorful and incredibly tasty roast vegetable salad packed full of Mediterranean vegetables tossed with pesto sauce, chickpeas and greens.

An oval white platter on a whitewashed wood board, filled with roasted bell pepper, tomatoes, eggplant, chickpeas and baby greens salad dressed with pesto.

This Mediterranean-inspired warm salad is full of vibrantly colored vegetables. It will make you feel like it’s always summer, no matter what time of year it is.

A colorful mess of vegetables tumbled together onto a sheet pan makes the best — and simplest — roasted vegetable salad you could ask for!

Fortunately, all the vegetables you need to make this recipe are readily available year-round. That means you can make this dish ANYTIME, even after your summer farmer’s market or weekly CSA box is long gone.

A round white bowl containing red and orange bell peppers, baby purple and white eggplants, green and red cherry tomatoes and parsley sprigs.

I am obsessed with cooking and eating Mediterranean food — it feeds my soul. If you feel same, don’t miss this collection of my best healthful Mediterranean diet recipes.

Vegetables to use in the salad

  • Eggplant: In summertime I scoop up baby eggplants or marbled purple-and-white eggplants whenever I see them. They have a mild creamy flesh I LOVE. The rest of the time, choosing firm medium-sized eggplants is a good bet.
  • Tomatoes: Multi-colored cherry tomatoes are reliably sweet and juicy, and markets have them year round.
  • Bell pepper: I like to use red, orange or yellow bell peppers for an extra colorful salad. Any combo or color you can get is great.
  • Red onion: One of my favorite onions to eat raw, pickled or roasted because it’s sweet and not too sharp.
  • Other vegetables to roast: Feel free to switch up the combination of vegetables here to fill your sheet pan. Zucchini, tender yellow squash, leeks and cauliflower florets are great too!

Roasting vegetables the easy way

  1. Once you have your veggies cut into about equal-size pieces, the next step is simply to toss them together on a large rimmed baking sheet with plenty of good olive oil, salt and crushed red chili pepper.
  2. I use this brand of kosher salt for cooking. For me, the perfect amount of salt is 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons for this amount of vegetables. Taste and season to your taste.
  3. Be sure to grab a large enough pan that’s about 18″ x 13″ (also known as a half-sheet pan). To ensure they roast evenly, the veggies should fit snugly, but not piled on top of each other.
  4. I recommend roasting vegetables at a moderately high temperature of 425 degrees. That way they’ll soften and caramelize in less than 30 minutes.
  5. Give them a stir halfway through roasting so they cook evenly.
Sheet pan with sliced colorful vegetables prepped for roasting, including purple eggplant, assorted red and orange cherry tomatoes, bell pepper and red onion slices.

As soon as they’re ready, dress the vegetables with your favorite pesto sauce. Stir in the chickpeas and baby greens until the leaves wilt.

Sheet pan with roasted bell peppers, red and orange cherry tomatoes, eggplant and arugula greens with pesto sauce on the side.

Serving tips and options

  • Serve the salad as is or with cooked grains like couscous, orzo pasta, quinoa or farro to make it more hearty.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of your favorite soft cheese to the salad just before serving. Feta, goat cheese, burrata or ricotta are all delicious choices.
  • The vegetables are BOMB over cheesy Parmesan Polenta!
  • Instead of pesto, drizzle the salad with my favorite zesty Essential Green Sauce or Chimichurri Sauce.
  • Any soft textured baby greens like kale, spinach, or arugula are perfect to use in the salad.
Sheet pan with roasted bell peppers, red and orange cherry tomatoes, eggplant and arugula greens with pesto sauce on the side.

Make ahead

The vegetables taste delicious for days. Keep refrigerated and warm to room temperature or briefly heat in a microwave to serve.

You can also freeze the roasted vegetables for up to one month. Cool completely and omit the greens before packing into freezer containers. Add the greens when you reheat the salad and enjoy!

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Roasted Vegetable Salad

Karen Tedesco
An easy, colorful and incredibly tasty roast vegetable salad packed full of Mediterranean vegetables tossed with pesto sauce, chickpeas and greens.
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5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound eggplant, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 bell peppers (red and/or yellow), seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved if larger than 2-inches in diameter
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili pepper, or to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup pesto sauce, store-bought or homemade
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 big handfuls baby greens, such as arugula, spinach or kale

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Put the eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and onion on a large (18"x13") rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle the oil over and season with the chili pepper and salt to taste (I usually use 1-2 teaspoons Diamond kosher).
  • Bake 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the vegetables are softened and lightly browned on the edges.
  • Add the pesto, vinegar and chickpeas to the hot vegetables and stir around with a spatula. Sprinkle the greens over and stir again until the leaves wilt slightly.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • Roasted vegetables keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen up to 1 month.
Serving ideas: 
  • Serve the salad with cooked grains such as couscous, quinoa, farro or bulgur for a heartier dish.
  • Top with soft creamy cheese like feta, burrata, ricotta or goat cheese

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2640IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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