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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

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Servings: 4
Author: Shashi


  • 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


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

    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

  3. haukehawk says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Almost Getting It Together says:

    This looks fantastic and like a good detoxing from the holidays meal… just pinned to make when I’m back in SF 🙂

  6. Such a beautiful Christmas salad, Shashi! Hoping your holidays are wonderful and that the New Year brings you and your family many blessings! xo

  7. Farrah says:

    This is such a beautiful salad! :] I don’t know why I always forget that beets exist (I’ve only really ever made something with them once or twice in my life. ._.)

    I like that man’s philosophy. I would totally do that if it were feasible for me to do so! Since I cannot, I’ve been living it up in billions of layers and lots of hot soups. 😛

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! <3

  8. This would make the perfect Christmas Eve salad… might have to make it happen tonight! Happy holidays! Have a great one and eat lots of cookies! 🙂

  9. spicedblog says:

    Hmmm…if I followed that older gentleman’s motto, then we should have moved out of upstate New York before we ever moved there to begin with! Haha! It’s ok, though. We’ve kinda started embracing the cold…we joined a curling club this year, and we’ve really enjoyed learning how to play the game! But let’s talk about this delicious salad for a minute. I’m not the biggest fan of beets (Laura is), but I absolutely love when they are roasted with other veggies. This salad looks like the perfect way to balance all of the cookies and junk food that always seems to show up at Christmas. Despite how hard I tell myself not to eat all of that stuff…I still do. But that’s what January and soup is for, right? 😉 Merry Christmas, Shashi!

  10. Looks Lovely!! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!! All the Best! xo Ramona 🙂

  11. Joanne says:

    Hmmm I like that man’s life motto….

    Love this salad! It is so festive with the red beets and green broccoli…and so nutritious as well!

  12. What a gorgeous salad, Shashi!

  13. Roasted Veggies = my life right now, especially BUTTERNUT SQUASH!! 😀 😀 😀


  14. hotlyspiced says:

    That is such a beautiful salad. It’s so full of colour. And I wish you and your family the Merriest of Merry Christmases as well xx

  15. What a beautiful salad to celebrate the holidays. Merry Christmas and a blessed 2015!!!

  16. I love all beets and eat them everyday! Roasted though, yes, they taste like candy!

  17. What a lovely story! I think that’s a great tip and I totally agree with your warm-weather loving 🙂
    I am so happy to have met you and to have the chance to connect through your wonderful blog. I hope you and your family have a delightful holiday season and a very very Merry Christmas!!! xxoo

    • Shashi says:

      Hey Meme!!!! Thank you so much! I am so happy to have met you in person, in addition to getting to know you through your space – Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas too! xoxo

  18. What a great salad Shashi, so festive and full of goodness.
    Wishing you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  19. Jeanette says:

    What a beautiful Christmas salad – I love roasted beets. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

  20. Haha! I can’t imagine just up and leaving a place, but what a cool concept. I mean, if you have that kind of ability, why not I suppose! This salad is SO Christmas-y–love it.

  21. My gosh, the thought of moving one more time is awful..but I FEEL him. It’s so cold here!
    Definitely need this salad to warm up…love the beets and eggs girlfriend. Have the merriest of Christmases!! XOXO! Pinned!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much lady!!! I shivered a little thinking about how cold it is in Seattle!!! Brrrrr!!! And I complain when we have lows in the 30’s here!
      Merry merry Christmas my sweet friend!xoxo

  22. That salad looks and sounds amazing! As far as temperature, I wish I could do something kind of the opposite… like, if the lowest temperature is ABOVE my age, I’d move. I’m loving this cold snap we’re having. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – Sashi – I have so not been enjoying this weather we have been having – I am ready for summer! 🙂
      Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas too!

  23. What a fabulous looking salad Shashi!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. God bless you and your family!

  24. Ashley says:

    What a gorgeous salad!! I’ve gotten really into beets lately … and with all the cookies I’ve been eating the last few days this is just calling my name! haha

    Merry christmas to you and your daughter!!

  25. Becca Heflin says:

    I SO wish I could be the man (or, um, woman) who could move on a whim! There are times when even gorgeous and comforting beet salads just don’t warm me up from the frozen tundra that is Wisconsin.

    • Shashi says:

      Gaaahhhhh – I don’t think even a million dollars would convince me to move to Wisconsin – I just looked y’alls weather up and y’alls highs re supposed to be in the 20’s next week??? Whaaaatttt????

  26. foodrecipeshq says:

    I’m going to show my mum this recipe. She needs to understand that it is possible to prepare hearty salads, full of nutrients and fulfilling too. Needless to day, this is a perfect dish to me. Sri Lanka? It must be a beautiful country. I wish I was there too!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Daniela!
      I used to live in Sri Lanka with my parents till I was around 10, yes, it is gorgeous! But, I live in Atlanta – Georgia/U.S.A. these days.

  27. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    This is my kind of salad, Shashi, I love esp. those roasted beets :-))
    Have a healthy and fun holiday season!

  28. Shashi this is a fantastic recipe.What a fresh idea for this time of year!

    I’m hoping I’ll have a chance over the next couple of weeks of the festive period to make this for Lynne and I. 🙂

    Thank you and wishing you a Merry Christmas. 😀