ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES WITH ORANGES, OLIVES AND FETA
IngredientsServes 4 to 6
¾ lb (340 g) small beets, peeled, cut into 1-in (2.5 cm) wedges, steamed until al dente
¾ lb (340 g) small yams, scrubbed, cut into 1-in (2.5 cm) pieces
4 tbsp (60 ml) + ⅓ cup (75 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tbsp (15 ml) ﬁnely grated orange or tangerine zest
3 tbsp (45 ml) + ⅓ cup (75 ml) freshly squeezed orange or tangerine juice, divided
2 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
1 small shallot, very ﬁnely minced
1 tbsp (15 ml) sherry vinegar
1 tsp (5 ml) ground cumin
2 large pinches crushed red chili ﬂakes
½ cup (125 ml) coarsely chopped, oil-packed pitted olives
3 tbsp (45 ml) ﬁnely chopped fresh dill
2 small navel or tangerine oranges, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
2½ oz (75 g) creamy feta cheese
2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped mint leaves
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
- Place beets and yams in 2 separate bowls. In a measuring cup, combine 3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil, orange zest and 3 tbsp (45 ml) orange juice, rosemary, thyme and salt and pepper to taste, and using a wooden spoon, muddle herbs into oil and juice. Pour evenly over yams and beets and toss well to combine. Place yams and beets on opposite ends of a large baking sheet, spreading them into 2 even but separate layers. Roast vegetables, tossing from time to time, for 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender and easily pierced all the way through with tip of a sharp knife.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining 1 tbsp (15 ml) + ⅓ cup (75 ml) olive oil, remaining ⅓ cup (75 ml) orange juice, shallot, vinegar, cumin, chili ﬂakes, olives, dill and salt and pepper to taste. As soon as vegetables come out of oven, add to bowl and toss well to combine. Add orange slices and stir gently to mix and keep slices whole. Transfer to a serving platter and crumble feta over top. Sprinkle with mint, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.