Tried this amazing Roast Chicken and Vegetable Salad recipe last night, inspired by my mom’s cooking! Absolutely delish with blue cheese, pistachios, and a hint of balsamic. Perfect for healthy weeknight dinners and easy to prep ahead!
As a food lover and always up for trying new recipes, I recently felt that nostalgic urge to recreate a dish that brings back heartwarming memories of my childhood my mom’s Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Salad. She always knew how to transform simple ingredients into a hearty, flavorful meal that brought the whole family together. For me, this dish is the perfect blend of comfort and a healthy meal that fills my heart and stomach.
I remember coming home from school and being hit by the mouthwatering scent of roasted chicken and vegetables wafting through the air. It instantly put me in a good mood, knowing that dinner would be amazing. The colors of the roasted vegetables, combined with the creamy blue cheese and crunchy pistachios, would always make me feel like I was enjoying a true culinary masterpiece.
With our busy lives and ever-evolving palates, it’s always essential to find recipes that fulfill our nutritional needs while satisfying our taste buds. This Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Salad checks both those boxes, making it an ideal weeknight dinner for anyone who wants to indulge in a scrumptious, guilt-free meal.
But what truly makes this dish stand out is its versatility. It is perfect for those days when you have limited time for meal prep or a desire to utilize leftover veggies. The best part? You can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your preferences, making it your own unique masterpiece.
So, without further ado, let’s get to the deliciousness that is my mom’s Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Salad, a dish that I’m sure will become a cherished staple in your own kitchen. Prepare to wow your taste buds, and don’t be surprised if your loved ones start asking for seconds!
Roast Chicken and Vegetable Salad Ingredients //
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 Tablespoon chopped rosemary
- 2 teaspoons Borsari salt (or regular salt and pepper)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 5 to 6 chicken breasts
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 carrots, peeled and cut into coins
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Blue cheese crumbles
- White balsamic vinegar
How to Make // The Steps
Step 1: Whisk together Dijon, honey, rosemary, garlic, and Borsari salt.
Step 2: Add olive oil.
Step 3: Pour most of the marinade into a large plastic bag. If you would like, reserve some of the marinades to toss with the vegetables before you serve it. Add chicken to bag, and marinade for 20 minutes or overnight. However long you have is fine.
Step 4: My kids don’t really like sweet potatoes, and I am desperate for them to at least try them. I used a small cookie cutter to cut them into little flower shapes. They still don’t love them, but at least they tried them.
Step 5: Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread the vegetables out and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Step 6: Add the chicken and nuzzle them into between the vegetables.
Step 7: Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. If the chicken is cooked before the root vegetables, take the chicken off of the pan and put it on a plate covered with foil and let the vegetables cook longer.
Step 8: Sometimes I serve the vegetables alongside and sometimes I toss everything together. Whatever you want to do. I added a good handful of arugula and drizzled some white lemon balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the greens and sprinkled with pistachios and blue cheese crumbles.
How to Store//
To store Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Salad, follow these steps:
- Allow the salad to cool completely: Before storing, make sure the roasted vegetables and chicken have cooled down to room temperature. Storing warm food can cause condensation and lead to spoilage.
- Separate the components: It’s best to store the roasted vegetables, chicken, and arugula separately, as the moisture from the vegetables may cause the arugula to wilt. Keep the blue cheese crumbles, pistachios, and dressing in separate airtight containers or resealable bags as well.
- Use airtight containers: Transfer the cooled vegetables and chicken into separate airtight containers. Keeping the air out helps maintain the freshness and prevents the food from absorbing other odors from the refrigerator.
- Refrigerate: Place the containers in the refrigerator. The roasted vegetables and chicken will typically last for up to 3 to 4 days when stored properly.
- Reheating (optional): If you prefer to enjoy the salad warmed, remove the desired portion of vegetables and chicken from the refrigerator, and reheat them in a microwave or oven. Be sure to heat the food evenly and ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165. Do not reheat more than once.
- Assemble the salad: To serve the salad, combine the arugula with the roasted vegetables and chicken, then add the blue cheese, pistachios, and dressing to taste. Toss everything together, and enjoy!
Yes, you can. The beauty of this salad is its versatility. Feel free to substitute or add other vegetables like zucchini, cherry tomatoes, butternut squash, or Brussels sprouts, depending on what you have on hand or prefer.
If blue cheese isn’t your favorite, you can substitute it with other types of cheese like feta, goat cheese, or even shaved Parmesan, depending on your preference.
Absolutely! If you don’t have pistachios or want to try another type of nut, you can use almonds, walnuts, or even cashews. Just make sure to adjust the quantity to taste.
While white balsamic vinegar is recommended in the recipe, you can also experiment with other dressings like apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or even lemon juice. Feel free to mix and match to find your favorite dressing for this salad.
To make this salad vegetarian, you can simply omit the chicken and add more vegetables or toss in some beans or chickpeas for extra protein. For a vegan option, you can replace the honey in the marinade with agave syrup or maple syrup and use a vegan cheese substitute instead of blue cheese.
Yes, you can grill the chicken if you prefer. Marinate the chicken as instructed in the recipe and preheat your grill to medium heat. Grill the chicken for about 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through, while roasting the vegetables separately in the oven.