The flavors of this festive Harissa-Spiced Roasted Root Vegetable Medley Salad with Sweet-Spicy Date Vinaigrette are perfectly balanced.
So…that’s really what you want as your Christmas gift?, Mike asked me dubiously.
Yes. You know how much I love the Russian ballet, I replied with an ear-to-ear grin after telling him that I wanted to go see The Nutcracker with him.
Judging by the look on his face, I might as well have asked him to find me the Holy Grail or to lasso me the moon. Such is the difference between men and women, lol.
The one thing we have in common is a love of sweet and savory salads though.
Enter this beauty, Harissa-Spiced Roasted Root Vegetable Medley Salad with Sweet-Spicy Date Vinaigrette. And I’m not even kidding when I say you’ll want to drizzle that creamy vinaigrette on everything.
If you’re not familiar with harissa, I like to think of it as the North African version of its hip Thai cousin, sriracha. Similar to sriracha, harissa is a garlic-chili condiment, but the flavor of harissa is a bit more complex (due to the smokiness from smoked chilies and the addition of a few other spices), and to me, a lot more addictive. I make my own harissa so I can control the quality of ingredients that goes in and also tweak it to suit my tastes (I’ll be sharing my recipe for harissa soon!).
In this salad recipe, the smoky heat from harissa is perfectly offset by the natural caramel-like sweetness of dates, the tangy sweetness of pomegranate arils, as well as the creamy saltiness of feta. Roasted veggies atop fresh, crisp greens lend heartiness, making it the perfect fall or winter salad.
You can check out my recipe for Harissa-Spiced Roasted Root Vegetable Medley Salad with Sweet-Spicy Date Vinaigrette on Earthbound Farm!
Disclosure: I received the Earthbound Farm product that I used in this recipe for free, and I also received compensation for this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe. As always, opinions stated are my own.