Recipe: Roasted Vegetable and Whole-Grain Salad

On the menu at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland, you’ll find Roasted Vegetable and Whole-Grain Salad. It’s full of roasted veggies and whole grains with a light vinaigrette dressing.  It’s great for healthy lunch or dinner.

Roasted vegetable and whole grain salad from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland

Roasted vegetable and whole grain salad from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Roasted Vegetable and Whole-Grain Salad 

Basil Vinaigrette
2 cups fresh basil, packed
2 tablespoons roasted garlic
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Whole Grain
1 cup barley
1 cup spelt
6 cups vegetable stock

1 large zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1 large yellow squash
1 red onion
2 tablespoons canola oil
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 small heart of romaine, chopped
1/2 small head iceberg, cored and chopped
14-ounce bag spring lettuce mix

For basil vinaigrette:

  1. Place basil, garlic, vinegar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. With processor running, slowly stream in oil, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides. Process until well combined. Remove from blender and set aside.

For whole grains:

  1. Bring vegetable stock to a boil in a large pot. Stir in barley and spelt; reduce heat to low, cover and cook 1 hour, or until grains are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and drain in colander. Toss with half of vinaigrette in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For vegetables:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut zucchini, bell pepper, squash, and onion into 2-inch pieces. Toss with oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on baking sheets and roast 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. To serve, toss lettuces with remaining vinaigrette. Top with grains and roasted vegetables.

Chef’s note: To make roasted garlic for vinaigrette, preheat oven to 400°F. Peel away outer layers of garlic skin, leaving cloves intact. Using a knife cut off 1/4- to 1/2-inch of top of cloves, exposing individual cloves of garlic. Rub head of garlic with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, wrap in foil and roast until garlic is soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Squeeze roasted garlic from skins.

You can see how it to make it at home with this video from Chef Craig Orrell.

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