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Roasted Veggie Christmas Salad


I am so grateful for the people who have passed through my life and planted their “musings” that have taken root and -like kudzu- have been hard to ignore, when certain circumstances have presented themselves.

For instance – let’s go back to my freshmen year in college here in Atlanta when I happened to get into a conversation with an older gentleman while on a bus. We talked about public transport and then about The High Museum as we passed it and then about the weather – and it was then that he shared with me that every time he was in a place where the lowest temperature was lower than his age, he would move!

Just like that – he would pick up and leave!


Now, I don’t quite remember his name or exactly what he looked like, but that line has fascinated me ever since! Every time the temperature drops here in Georgia, and my Sri Lankan-heat-loving-roots start showing, I often ruminate on his “musings” – and wish I could click my heels together and be transported to …Miami – at least for just one day!

But then my daughter reminds me that we have fleece pants and tops and we can sit around in them -under fleece blankets- and let soups and warm salads ruminate in our bellies this cold weather season! So – it might not be the 80’s I was hoping for – but roasted beets and broccoli garnished with an extra heavy dash of chili flakes have a way of making you feel all warm and toasty – starting from the depths of your tastebuds!


Even if you happen to not be a beetroot lover, I must say – roasted beets are worth a try! They are slightly sweeter, and the rosemary and sage and olive oil seem to work their magic in infusing them with a taste and flavor that has converted my daughter from a beet-hater to a beet lover! Broccoli and onions and garlic were tossed in for some Christmas color – but seemed to work well together. And that boiled egg and pecans – why they were the icing on this cake – err – salad.

Not only will this roasted veggie salad warm you up from the inside, but it will nicely balance off the Yule Log and apple pie that will follow!

[Tweet “Balancing and Warming: Roasted Beets and Broccoli Salad with Sage and Rosemary @RunninSrilankan”]


I just wanted to take a few minutes to say, I am so grateful for all of y’all that have passed through my little blog and have planted your “musings”, your support and your encouragement, they have been hard to ignore and have presented themselves as invaluable through this past year. So, thank y’all!

Here’s hoping you and your families have the Merriest of Merry Christmases! xxs!

Roasted Beets Broccoli Christmas Salad


Roasted Veggie Christmas Salad

Roasted Veggie Christmas Salad

Yield: 4


  • 3 beets chopped
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 sage leaves chopped
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 boiled eggs, for perfectly boiled eggs I follow THIS method from The Kitchen
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • Chili flakes, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Toss the beets with olive oil, and do the same with the onions and garlic as well as the broccoli florets.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
  5. Divide between 4 plates and garnish with eggs, pecans and chili flakes

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Wednesday 31st of December 2014

This salad looks so healthy and delicious! I love beets and roasted veggies are my favorite! Hope you and your daughter had an amazing holiday! xo


Monday 29th of December 2014

I never tried roasted beets! This combination of ingredients is definitely completely new to me. Looks scrumptious!


Sunday 28th of December 2014

Now there is a welcome change from all the heavy food of the holidays. Love the salad, looks really delicious. Starting a diet this week, it will be on the menu.

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Saturday 27th of December 2014

This looks fantastic and like a good detoxing from the holidays meal... just pinned to make when I'm back in SF :)

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