Ah – this recipe. This Roasted Veggie Salad with Almond Butter Dressing. Was a tricky one to bring on the blog. Why? Not because it is super complicated, but because this is my go-to recipe to empty out the fridge. This makes this salad super versatile, and certainly delicious. But difficult to write down 🤣. I swear though the Almond Butter dressing just brings everything so nicely together – you will love this 😍!
Funnily enough, I made this salad on a not-so-sunny day for friends during the summer. And they looked at me and asked me why this recipe was not on the blog just yet. It simply had to be! I did not think that a Roasted Veggie salad was the right “spirit” for the middle of summer (even though we had a lot of rain…). So I put it to the side. Then last week, I published a post on how to transition your salads from summer to winter. And this salad is a perfect example of said “transition” – so here we are 😉.
This Roasted Veggie Salad with Almond Butter Dressing has so much flavor, crunch, and most importantly – versatility! You can use any salad you like, you can use any veggies left in the fridge – trust the dressing that will add beauty. As a final step, you can of course add chopped nuts or sunflower seeds for an additional bit of crunch. Yum!! I deliberately kept the background very simple this time around so that the different colors of the veggies could truly shine.
Why is this Roasted Veggie Salad with Almond Butter Dressing good for you?
If you have been here for a while, you know that I love almonds! Short for a snack? Pack some almonds – they are the perfect one! Almonds are loaded with plant-based protein, heart-healthy fats, and fiber. They are also super high in manganese, Vitamin E, and magnesium. Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants, amongst which Vitamin E is one of them. By now you know, that antioxidants reduce and protect against oxidative stress in our bodies. Too many free radicals and oxidative stress can, ultimately, lead to Wester Diseases.
Most of almond’s antioxidant power is located in the brown skin, so be sure to consume the whole nut as often as possible. Several studies have also (tentatively) linked high Vitamin E intake with lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Last but not least, almonds appear to be able to help with blood sugar management. This can be contributed to several factors. First off, they are high in protein, fiber, and fat. These three are key for reducing blood sugar levels and not having them rise too fast after eating. In addition, magnesium also supports blood sugar control. Surprisingly, a lot of people with type 2 diabetes are deficient in magnesium. When correcting this, blood sugar levels tend to lower, whilst the insulin function appears to improve.
How can I adjust this Roasted Veggie Salad with Almond Butter Dressing to my Dietary Requirements?
This Roasted Veggie Salad with Almond Butter Dressing is wholefood goodness at its best! It is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, and also paleo if you use coconut aminos instead of tamari. Due to the almond butter used, sadly, this salad is not nut-free.
Other Recipes With Almonds on the Blog
Because we just covered different types of salads on the blog in my Fig and Arugula Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella recipe, I thought I would provide you with some other inspiration with regards to almonds:
- The recipe I used in order to make this dressing: Roasted Almond Butter
- Perfect for this time of the year – Burnt Sugar Almonds
- This Beetroot Carpaccio with Burrata has toasted almonds on top
- These Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sauce have a beautiful almondy-filling
- One of my favorite granolas this time of the year – Chocolate Orange Granola
And there you have it for this week 🤗!! I hope you enjoy this awesome salad recipe. May it serve as a “clean-your-fridge-out” option that is also delicious😉. As always, I love hearing from you!! Feel free to leave me a comment below and/or rate the recipe. Happy salad making everyone!