Roasted Veggies with Lemon Tarragon Dressing

This light dish can be topped with lemon zest for a burst of flavor, hunger-quashing pine nuts, and red pepper flakes to rev up metabolism.

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This dish feels decadent, but it’s actually light and easily digested. Top with lemon zest for an added burst of flavor, hunger-quashing pine nuts for greater satiation, and red pepper flakes to rev up metabolism.


  • 1 head garlic, trimmed to expose clove tops
  • 1/2 cup, plus 3 tbsp and 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 zucchinis, cut lengthwise into eight strips
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into eight pieces
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 bunches broccolini
  • 2 tsp minced shallot
  • 1/8 tsp finely grated lemon zest, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup dry-toasted pine nuts (optional)


    1. Heat oven to 375°.
    2. Brush garlic tops with 1 tsp oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Wrap garlic in parchment paper, then aluminum foil (to help garlic steam, not burn), and roast until tender, 40–60 minutes. Let garlic cool, then squeeze pulp out of skins.
    3. In a bowl, combine cauliflower, bell peppers, zucchinis, red onion, 2 tbsp oil, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp black pepper. Spread vegetable mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; roast until lightly browned, 30–40 minutes.
    4. In a bowl, toss broccolini with 1 tbsp oil, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper. Transfer to a second baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and roast until slightly softened, 15 minutes.
    5. In a blender on high speed, blast garlic, shallot, remaining ½ cup oil, lemon zest and juice, mustard, coconut nectar, remaining ½ tsp salt, remaining ¼ tsp black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if desired), until dressing is emulsified and creamy, 30 seconds. Add tarragon and pulse a few times, until tarragon is evenly dispersed in the dressing.
    6. In a bowl, toss roasted veggies, romaine lettuce, parsley, chives, pine nuts (if desired), and ½ cup tarragon dressing. Serve topped with lemon zest and remaining dressing on side.

    See also Recipe: Pan Roasted Lemon Asparagus Watercress Salad

    Recipes reprinted from THE PERFECT BLEND: 100 Blender Recipes to Energize and Revitalize Copyright © 2016 by Tess Masters Photographs copyright © 2016 by Anson Smart Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

    Nutrition Information

    • Serving Size 8
    • Calories 330
    • Carbohydrate Content 21 g
    • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
    • Fat Content 27 g
    • Fiber Content 5 g
    • Protein Content 6 g
    • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
    • Sodium Content 0 mg
    • Sugar Content 0 g
    • Trans Fat Content 0 g
    • Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g