Where are you headed this weekend? This Roasted Vegetable Salad wants to come with! A colorful medley of roasted veggies with chickpeas for bulk and a vibrant Mediterranean dressing, this salad is a big bowl of brightness.

Roasted vegtable salad in a bowl with quinoa and pita

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Loaded with a robust array of vegetables you can find in good form year round, like cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and zucchini, and creamy hunks of feta cheese, this hearty roasted vegetable salad is the go-with-the-flow friend who’s happy to follow your mood.

  • Carry this meal-prep and travel-friendly salad along for a potluck, where it will freshen up anything you plate alongside it.
  • Serve it for a healthy side dish with whatever you have planned for dinner tonight. Most of the cooking happens hands-free while the vegetables roast, so you can use the time while they are in the oven to prepare the rest of your meal.
  • Roast vegetable salad can be the meal. Thanks to hearty additions like chickpeas and the fiber-rich vegetables themselves, it has rib-sticking power.

I originally served this Mediterranean roast vegetable salad tucked inside warm pita bread for a meatless dinner. I think it would be equally delightful over prepared couscous or quinoa.

The leftovers I mixed with arugula the next day for lunch. Hello mid-day Mediterranean vacation!

Roasted vegetable salad in a bowl

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As much as I enjoyed the salad when the vegetables were still warm from the oven at dinner, it tasted even better the next day as a cold roasted vegetable salad, once the flavors had a chance to marry in the fridge.

Even my husband Ben—a man who rarely says no to meat—finished this vegetarian meal, looked at me very seriously and said, “You can make this any time.”

Now that is my kind of endorsement!

5 Star Review

“I think I’m in love with this salad! It has everything I adore: zucchini, feta, chickpeas, all mixed up in a delicious Mediterranean dressing!”

— Danae —

How to Make Roast Vegetable Salad

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity here. Though the ingredients and preparation are straightforward, the flavor is complex.

Lightly roasting the veggies gives them a bit of caramelization and concentrates their flavors.

The easy homemade Greek dressing binds and brightens.


The Ingredients

  • Cauliflower. Like my tasty roasted vegetable salad Indian-style, Curry Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes, this salad takes full advantage of the magic of roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower caramelizes beautifully, and it soaks up whatever flavors you pair it with. It’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Sweet Potato. I adore Roasted Sweet Potatoes, especially in combination with cauliflower. The two are a super pairing (hence, I added them both to the Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken in my cookbook; it’s so yummy I cooked it live on Good Morning America!)
  • Zucchini. Roasted Zucchini is a sweet, tender, and colorful addition to this salad. Plus, zucchini is rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Red Onion. One of the most underrated roasted veggies! It crisps, caramelizes, and gives the salad surprising complexity.

Market Swap

The vegetables I’ve suggested here are just that—suggestions! You can also make this salad with whatever vegetables are in season (or in your refrigerator). I’d also add the red onion to any of these:

  • Summer Vegetable Salad. Use a combination of zucchini, yellow summer squash, and red bell peppers.
  • Italian Vegetable Salad. Combine bell peppers, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Fall Vegetable Salad. Swap the zucchini for another root vegetable (such as butternut squash) or broccoli.
  • Feta. Creamy hunks of this Mediterranean cheese provide just enough saltiness to allow the other flavors to shine. Cheese also makes salads more satisfying.

Substitution Tip!

For a different, equally tasty spin, make the roasted vegetable salad with goat cheese in place of the feta.

  • Chickpeas. Creamy, nutty, and protein-packed. Chickpeas make this salad ultra scrumptious and satisfying.

TIP!

Chickpea Tuna SaladMoroccan Chickpea Salad, and Mediterranean Chickpea Salad are three other delicious, meal-prep friendly chickpea salad recipes that can be made ahead and kept in the fridge.

  • Parsley. To bring the salad to life.
  • Greekish/Mediterraneanish Dressing. With olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper, the dressing is reminiscent of what you might find on a Greek or Mediterranean salad. It’s light, bright, and just flavorful enough to perk up the veggies.
Couscous and roasted vegetable salad in a bowl

Tips For The Best Roasted Vegetables

  • A high temperature of 400 degrees F is best for roasting most vegetables and should work nicely with any you care to add to this salad.
  • Don’t crowd the pan. I’ve suggested splitting between two sheet pans here to make sure that air can circulate around the vegetables. If the pan is crowded, it can make your roasted vegetables soggy. Roast vegetables uncovered to ensure they brown.
  • Flip the vegetables. Use a large spatula (a thin, flexible fish spatula is my favorite) to flip and turn the vegetables twice during roasting. This will help the vegetables brown evenly.
  • Rotate the pan. Ovens are often hotter in the back than they are in the front. If you notice the vegetables at the back of the pan browning more quickly, rotate the pan 180 degrees F. It’s also a good idea to switch the pans’ positions on the upper and lower rack.

Bonus!

For even more roasted veggie tips, check out The Well Plated Cookbook, which has an Ultimate Roasted Vegetable Guide with seasoning suggestions, ways to use roasted veggies, and more!

The Directions

Cauliflower and sweet potato on a baking sheet
  1. Place the cauliflower and sweet potato on one baking sheet and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Zucchini and red onion on a baking sheet
  1. Do the same with the zucchini and red onion, on a separate baking sheet. Roast the veggies.
Dressing in a measuring cup
  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
Dressing being poured over vegetables
  1. Toss the vegetables and chickpeas with the dressing.
Roasted vegetables in a bowl
  1. Stir in the feta and parsley. DIG IN!

Dietary Note

Need this roasted vegetable salad vegan? Simply omit the cheese. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Healthy roasted vegetable salad in a bowl

How to Serve Roast Vegetable Salad

  • As a Salad. Serve the roasted veggies over a bed of greens for a healthy and flavorful salad that makes the ideal lunch or dinner.
  • With Grains. The roasted vegetables are delicious served alongside a grain like quinoa, couscous, or rice. This Moroccan Couscous is a favorite.
  • As a Pita Sandwich. Take a note from my Chickpea Salad Sandwich and serve the roasted veggies inside a pita for a tasty sandwich.
  • As a Side Dish. Need an easy side for Chicken Kababs or Grilled Salmon in Foil? This roasted vegetable salad is the perfect thing!
Roasted vegetable salad with quinoa

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate roasted vegetables in an airtight storage container for up to 5 days. 
  • To Freeze. While I don’t recommend freezing this salad as the vegetables will become mushy, you certainly can try it. Freeze roasted vegetables in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Perk up with fresh dressing.

Meal Prep Tip

Chop all the vegetables up to 1 day in advance. Store them separately in the refrigerator. You can also whisk the dressing ingredients together up to 1 day in advance and store the mixture in the refrigerator.

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This summer, roasted vegetable with feta will be my go-to for picnics and potlucks, a sure destination for my farmers market haul, and a lunch I’ll look forward to all morning.

If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Roasted vegtable salad in a bowl with quinoa and pita

Roasted Vegetable Salad

5 from 11 votes
This healthy roasted vegetable salad is packed with seasonal vegetables, chickpeas, and feta, while tossed in a light homemade vinaigrette!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 small head cauliflower or broccoli cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Warm pita couscous, or quinoa (optional for serving)

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic about 3 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Scrub the sweet potato and cut into 1/2-inch cubes and the cauliflower into florets. Place them on the first sheet pan and drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil.
  • Cut the zucchini into 1/2-inch cubes and the red onion into 1/2-inch slices. Place on the second sheet pan and drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil.
  • Sprinkle each sheet pan with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat, then spread the vegetables into an even layer. Place in oven and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven, then with a spatula toss the vegetables to promote even cooking. Spread back into an even layer, rotate the pans' positions, then continue baking until the vegetables are crisp-tender about 10 to 15 additional minutes.
  • While the vegetables roast, prepare the dressing: in a small bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Once the vegetables have finished roasting, scrape them into a large serving bowl. Add the chickpeas. While the vegetables are still warm, pour the dressing over the top and toss gently to coat.
  • Gently stir in the feta and parsley. Enjoy with pita, couscous, or quinoa as desired.

Notes

  • TO STORE. Refrigerate roasted vegetables in an airtight storage container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 466kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 16gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgPotassium: 920mgFiber: 13gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 8575IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 239mgIron: 5mg

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  1. I agree with some of the previous comments–this is so easy to make because I have many of the ingredients already and perfect for summer because they are summer veggies. I have been grilling a lot of zucchini. Great idea!5 stars

  2. This recipe is as fabulous! Not only is it super easy to prepare, it has ingredients that are staples in my fridge and pantry. I am notorious for making changes to recipes but I did not change a single thing to this one and it is perfect as is! I had a big bowl with couscous (I did sprinkle some lemon juice of the couscous because that is how I usually serve my couscous) for lunch and am going to have it as a pita pocket sandwich tomorrow. This recipe is going to be in regular rotation. So many options to serve the salad with… different grains (einkorn, farro, etc) or for a more substantial meal for the meat eaters in the family, served with oven roasted shrimp, grilled chicken or thinly sliced grilled tri-tip. Truly the best roasted veggie salad ever!5 stars

  3. Made this last night to rave reviews!! The whole family absolutely loved this salad. So delish! Love your recipes, Erin.5 stars

  4. Absolutely amazing! Even before I added feta, I could have eaten the entire bowl. This is my new favorite!5 stars

  5. Recipe #3 from from Well Plated did not disappoint! I will be making this again! I loved the warm veggies and feta combo. The dressing brings it all together!5 stars

  6. This is so delicious and so easy to make. We made it with pearl couscous. The sauce is just perfect. Will be on repeat for us. Thanks Erin for all the great recipes you make.5 stars

    1. So happy to hear this Serene! So glad you enjoyed the salad and thank you for this kind review!

  7. Did you rewrite this recipe? I am looking for one of our favorites—roasted eggplant is one of the main ingredients. My husband will kill me if I can’t find that recipe!

    1. Hi Eileen! I did make some tweaks to the recipe to make it more accessible for year-round produce, but the only thing I changed up is the veggies. Otherwise the salad (and the dressing which is the most important part!) is the same. You can add in any roasted veggies you like, including eggplant.

  8. Delicious, my whole family loved it! It was really hearty and fresh. It was simple to make using simple ingredients. I served it over cous cous. Even my 2 year old ate it!5 stars

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