Sweet caramelized roasted root vegetables team up with a spicy salty miso-harissa dressing to make a salad that’s totally craveable.
miso-harissa roasted carrot, squash and two-potato salad

Yes, I’m a new year’s cliche.

But if we’re gonna do this whole healthy happy thing in 2014, then we are gonna do it HARD.

And what better way than to put ALL THE SUPERFOODS in a bowl and call it a salad? I truly can’t imagine.

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Carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kale, and almonds. Seriously, the gang’s all here. (And roasted to sweet caramelized perfection.)


Plus we’re always being told (mostly by Dr.(/not-a-doctor-at-all) Oz) that spicy food speeds up our metabolism (harissa!), and my container of miso informs me every time I open it that eating it decreases my risk of breast cancer.

So I kind of feel like I’m adding a month onto my life for every bowl of this that I inhale. (So far, um, five. And counting.)

You will too.


Speaking of 2014 goals, what’s the dealio? Do we have any? Do we not? Are we clutching our bowls of brown butter close to our hearts lest they be torn away from us by health fanatic goody two shoes??

I have a few goals for the new year, some health-related, some blog-related, some life-related.

Health: Everything in moderation, including moderation. Eat dessert once or twice a week, but stop with this every night business. Make a soup or salad (or both!) at least once a week. Really get to the gym/go for a run 5 days a week instead of the two and a half I’ve been averaging this holiday season.

Blog: Be more organized! I think I give off the impression sometimes of having it all together, but I’m often scrambling to meet deadlines, going to bed too late, or cooking in the morning before heading off to work (late). I need to be more vigilant about making a schedule and sticking to it. To this end, I’ve bought this super cute planner that I will hopefully write things in. For more than just the first two weeks in January.

Life: Make a grocery budget! And stick to it. Play the piano at least twice a month. Read more books (one a month, at least).


So what are you doing to make yourself happy this year?

(Hint: Put making this salad on your list. It’s super. Plus then you can cross it off and feel super accomplished.)


Week 9 of the 12 weeks of winter squash!! See what other people are cooking up and leave a link if you’ve cooked with winter squash this week!


Miso-Harissa Roasted Carrot, Squash, and Two-Potato Salad
Sweet caramelized roasted root vegetables team up with a spicy salty miso-harissa dressing to make a salad that's totally craveable.
Yield: 4-6 servings
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 lb fingerling potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp harissa, divided
  • ½ cup olive oil, divided
  • a few pinches of salt
  • ¼ cup white miso
  • ¼ cup meyer lemon juice
  • 1 small bunch of lacinato kale
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Cut the carrots into thin coins. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch dice and the fingerlings into thin coins. Toss the carrots, sweet potatoes, fingerlings, and butternut squash in a large bowl with 1 tbsp of harissa, ¼ cup olive oil, and salt. Spread out onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. Roast until golden and tender, about 45 minutes, tossing once halfway through and rotating the pans. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining harissa, miso, lemon juice, and ¼ cup of olive oil. Season to taste with salt.
  4. Tear the kale leaves away from their stem, and slice into thin slivers.
  5. Toss the roasted veggies with the kale and half the dressing. Add more dressing to taste. Serve with the almond slices sprinkled on top.
Adapted from The Bojon Gourmet
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th of recipe


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60 Responses to Miso-Harissa Roasted Carrot, Squash, and Two-Potato Salad

  1. I need to become a new years cliche too! Gah! I just ate a chocolate granola bar for breakfast. So disappointing. Keep the healthiness coming!!

  2. I really need to get on the harissa train! It looks so good and I’m seeing it all the time lately. Lovely salad — perfect for starting the new year off right 🙂 Happy 2014!!

  3. Sues says:

    Super foods in a bowl sounds PERFECT right now.

    I also need to be more blog-organized in 2014. I stay up wayyy too late and do things wayyy too last minute and I’m hoping that changes in 2014 🙂

  4. That looks so good! I need to get on board with the soups and salads. Lots more veg in my diet!

  5. I can’t get enough sweet potatoes and carrots these days – I feel like I’m cooking with them all the time! This salad is right up my alley then 🙂 Love it!

  6. What a gorgeous and healthful salad. I definitely need to get back on the salad train after eating what feels like mostly cookies for the past 2 weeks!

  7. I love roasting veggies and putting them into a salad – it just adds SO much great flavor. Love this recipe!

  8. Kathryn says:

    Love love love the flavours in this! So bright and vivid and full of goodness.

  9. I am allllll about the New Year’s cliches! Hello, kale 🙂 This potato salad looks so flavorful and hearty. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Mimi says:

    This is one beautiful salad!

  11. Love the combo of the sweet veggies – potato, squash and carrots with the not so sweet kale and spicy harissa and miso!
    You are a brave soul for only have dessert 2 nights a week, I opt for healthier versions – but still something sweet like no-flour nutbutter cookies- after a meal make me happy 🙂

    Your pictures are gorgeous Joanne! And Dr. Oz is not a Doc?!?!?!

    • joanne says:

      Technically he is, but he hasn’t actually practiced medicine in years and a lot of what he says is scientifically untrue…he’s definitely more interested in getting famous and making money than he is helping people!

  12. This salad is wonderful! What he’s not a doctor?!

  13. I love salads like these, even when there is no new year’s resolution at stake! The dressing is totally original and I can’t wait to try these flavors together. They’re a perfect match. Definitely going to give this a shot for dinner tonight!

  14. Deena Kakaya says:

    Clean, gentle and fresh flavours; just what I am enjoying right now. Will add your recipe to my list for this month x

  15. Lol. Every time “Dr.” Oz would make an appearance on Oprah (in his scrubs, because, you know, that makes him seem legit), I would think to myself “I’m not really a doctor, but I play one on TV.” This salad is you in a bowl, Joanne. And I love it!

  16. we seem to have similar goals for this year..everything in moderation and sticking to budget. I hate being an adult and having to understand budgeting..gahh

  17. Every thing about this salad makes me happy. Plus, miso helps stave off breast cancer!? You learn something new every day! Time to now add miso to everything savory in my fridge 🙂

  18. This sounds delish and perfect for the new year’s resolutions!

  19. Monica says:

    I love roasted vegetables on salad, not to mention some crunch from nuts and just a general warm/hot combo. This looks delicious! Good luck with your goals. I set small ones too…not resolutions or anything dramatic. It’s more an awareness to be better – period. Happy 2014!

  20. SallyBR says:

    I am a little afraid to state this in the open, but I am finally feeling happy with myself and the goals I set years ago. I don’t have resolutions this year. Just keep doing what I’m doing.

    Now, of course, being able to roast sweet potatoes that don’t turn into a mushy mess would make my year better… 😉

  21. Kate says:

    I really love your winter squash recipes. The bright orange always makes my day.

  22. I didn’t know that miso was so good for you, must buy asap! This looks delicious. I haven’t made official resolutions but am starting to think about a few I should put on my list… I like your moderation goal!

  23. You make healthy food so inviting and moreish!

  24. Eileen says:

    A simple dish of spicy roasted veg sounds exactly right for the first week of the new year. Especially in salad form! Hooray!

  25. Hotly Spiced says:

    That is a great looking salad and I love how it has harissa. And I didn’t know spicy food sped up your metabolism – maybe that’s why the Thai’s are so thin! You’ve planned some great goals and yes, I was of the firm believe that you are totally organised when it comes to your blog – you certainly do give that impression. It’s all super-frantic down here too! xx

  26. Love the idea of doing a grocery budget, I need to do that too, as well as start planning per week or bi-week, would make buying alot easier and less spur of a moment (which gets more expensive!).

  27. No one will take the brown butter away from me. NEVER!
    But I’m joining the delicious salads bandwagon, of course. And yours look terrific, what an original combo… caramelized anything is a favorite of mine! I’m, obviously, adding this salad to my list 😉

  28. I have a few goals for myself this year. In fact, I feel like your list could be mine. One of my goals is to get into work early every day. I tend to work on my blog in the morning before work and I ALWAYS make it to work 10-15 minutes late. And I need to work on my grocery budget. I used to budget really well for groceries, but lately, not so much.

  29. That is such a perfect winter salad. I wish I had that for dinner tonight so I have no idea what we are having yet!

  30. After eating lots of unhealthy food during the holidays, this is a nice change. Love this salad Joanne! Happy New Year and I look forward to reading more of your yummy posts. 🙂

  31. Fab combo! I’m starting my “resolution” on Monday 😉

  32. Megan says:

    Besides playing the piano, we have really similar goals! Of course, I did take piano lessons for 6 years, so maybe I should add that one to the list and re-teach myself to play. The grocery budget is so hard!

  33. Christine says:

    What a beautiful winter salad and way to start 2014. Speaking of kale I just scored a nice big bunch of organic for .99! So I’ll be making my Danish Kale/Caldo Verde Soup this weekend. I think your blog is very “together” btw, so you fooled me! 🙂

  34. Susan says:

    We all beat ourselves up for over-indulging during the holidays but, for those if us who really care about our health, it’s not hard to get back to healthy eating when our jeans start feeling a little tight. And then we have you to inspire us :).


  35. This looks healthy and delicious. I really need to start eating healthier this year, you are a great inspiration for that.

  36. Julia says:

    This looks absolutely delicious and very much-needed after my New Year’s Eve! Love all the health benefits and goodies in this salad. I’ve never used miso before, so I’m psyched to try this out!

  37. Margarita says:

    This looks really good! I love almost everything about this salad especially the roasted veggies. Kale is my favorite leafy green but I’m really not abig fan of eating it raw. So what I would do is douse it with olive oil, salt, pepper and just roast it as well.

    Love your new year’s list! I also got myself a cute planner and already messed it up by filling out schedules on the wrong date. I always do that every freaking year! I also would like to read more books. I think I have more time on my hands than you do… So perhaps 2-3 a month for me. 🙂

    Happy new year girl!

  38. Monet says:

    All the super foods! So much goodness here. I’m trying to eat especially clean and healthy in January and this salad looks like the perfect place to start. Thanks for sharing Joanne!

  39. This is a super salad and a great way to start the year. Love your goals. especially getting more organized on the blog front. I need to stop staying up late (cough 12.10am right now) and stop going to lab at 10am everyday. Oh and read a book that is not a food magazine, journal article or vogue at least once a month!

  40. I’m tackling this year with grace and gratitude and I better add harissa and miso 🙂

  41. Daphne says:

    Miso and Harissa! Nicely done. I love crossing things off the list too. This looks superb!

  42. Katerina says:

    A beautiful salad to detox from all the meat I had these past few days! I wish to you and your family a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year full of love and good health Joanne!

  43. I love your goals, and I definitely love this dish. Delicious and health / life boosting all in one!

  44. Ooh, I love miso AND harissa! A salad sounds so good right now… 🙂

  45. I love the combination of miso and harissa together. I can almost taste how amazing this salad is through my computer screen! Happy Friday!

  46. This salad looks beautiful! Something great for us all trying to detox the holidays! I’m new to your blog and not only pinning this but subscribing; it’s so beautiful!

  47. Sounds really good! Never used a miso salad dressing before, but its time to try some, right? Looking forward to trying new recipes this year! Happy New Year Joanne!!

  48. Reeni says:

    I want to incorporate more vegetables into my life! I’ve kind of been bad about that and I’m craving them like crazy. This salad is screaming my name! Loving all those roasted vegetables. I just ordered a planner last night too! It’s the one by Whitney English that everyone’s been talking about.

  49. With all the cooties in my house the last few weeks, I’ve fallen off of the 12 Weeks of Winter Squash bandwagon, but fear not! I bought lots-o-squash at Mrs. Green’s yesterday 🙂 This salad looks like an awesome way to pack in lots and lots of veggies. Beautiful!

  50. P says:

    Happy New Year Joanne! I like the simplicity of your resolutions 🙂

  51. Deborah says:

    I adore roasted veggies – this is my kind of salad!

  52. Johanna GGG says:

    sounds good to me – the resolutions and the food – am not into resolutions but I do want to use my cookbooks more this year

  53. Such a gorgeous, colorful salad–I feel I just got healthier by looking at it! 😉 Yum!

  54. Lisa says:

    Beautiful, as always. Another must try from you kitchen.

  55. Harissa and Miso together – sounds like a formula that even Dr Oz can’t beat!

  56. Alanna says:

    Thanks for adapting my recipe so beautifully! What an honor to see it here. I’m loving all your recipes and looking forward to trying them and reading more. Cheers.

  57. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This salad is off the hook, yum!!! So much flavor in this bowl 🙂 I love it!

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