The process of salt roasting results in soft, moist, turbo-flavored, and intrinsically seasoned vegetables. Add a swath of yogurt and a sprinkle of hazelnuts when serving and you’ve got a seriously impressive dish to share with friends and family.
Salt-Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Yogurt and Hazelnuts
- 5 cups kosher salt
- 5 thyme sprigs
- 2 pounds whole mixed root vegetables, such as carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabagas, and turnips
- 1/2 cup whole-milk plain Greek-style yogurt
- 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread 1 cup salt over the bottom of a baking dish and sprinkle leaves from 1 thyme sprig over it. Place the root vegetables on top, sprinkle with leaves from the remaining 4 thyme sprigs, then blanket heavily with the remaining salt. Roast for 45 to 55 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove the vegetables from the salt, dusting off any residual salt, then carefully remove any tough skin from the beets, rutabagas, and turnips. Leave the skin on the carrots and parsnips. Cut the vegetables into bite-size pieces.
Spread the yogurt on the bottom of a large platter. Arrange the root vegetables on top. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and a few grinds of pepper, drizzle with the olive oil, and serve immediately.
Photography Aran Goyoaga