Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette (Low Calorie, Low Fat)

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A delicious medley of roasted Winter Vegetables tossed in a Balsamic Vinaigrette is perfect for dinner on a cold night.

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Today, February 1st, is the start of Heart Health Month.  A few years ago, I would have briefly thought about heart health and moved on.  Boy, oh boy, do I feel stupid about that!  Why do we always think we and our loved ones are indestructible?  One morning April 2012, that all changed.  My 45-year-old husband had a heart attack.  In some ways, it is still hard for me to fathom.  I knew all week-long that I planned to write about his heart attack, and I have avoided it. It has been four years, but the impact is ever lasting. We are so  lucky.  He is still with us and doing so well; but every time I think about it I can feel the fear and stress.  I feel my stomach tighten, my adrenaline pump through my body and the tears form in my eyes.  If it can happen to us, it can happen to you.

The night before his heart attack, we had been out for a date night and had a great time.  Everything seemed fine.  My husband woke up at 4am and was sweating profusely, he felt nauseous and had some tightness in his chest.  He thought he over ate and was experiencing heart burn.  He called to me from the bathroom and asked me to bring him a wet towel.  I also dismissed it as heart burn.  He decided to work from home that day, and I took our 4-year-old daughter to a birthday party.  He said he still wasn’t feeling well, so he might go to the doctor.  I was thinking the flu or something like that.

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While at the birthday party, he calls me.  I stepped outside to take the call.  He told me he was at his doctor’s office, and he needed to go to the emergency room because he had a heart attack.  I was 45 minutes away.  The fear was instantaneous.  I could hardly breathe and was trying desperately to keep it together.  There was no way I could get there quickly enough to take him, so he called a good friend to take him.  I called my Mom and all I remember shakily saying is that I needed them to meet me at my house NOW.   The emotion in my voice must have been strong and told my Mom something was seriously wrong. She replied in a shaky voice “Right now?”  “Yes” I said.  “It’s Neville”.  Then I hung up.  I didn’t even explain.

I tried my best to pull myself together.  I wanted to be calm for my daughter.  On the inside, I was screaming, but trying very hard to appear normal and calm on the inside.  I came in and told my daughter we had to leave right away.  My friend could tell something was wrong and suggested I sit down for a little bit.  I tried in as few words as possible to say that we needed to go right now.  I didn’t trust myself to speak the words “My husband just had a heart attack.”  I just could not do it and keep my composure.

The next day my husband went in for an angiogram.  Now a days, this is a standard procedure, but my mother in law had died during one 12 years earlier.  I remember trying to keep calm as I had to call family.  His poor Godmother, as soon as she answered the phone, I started to cry.  I tried to pull myself together quickly.  I knew once I got the words out, I would be calmer.  It is just the intensity of having to say “My husband has had a heart attack.”  It makes it all too real.  Just like answering questions at the hospital like “Does your husband have a will, does he have a living will?”.  Suddenly you have to face up to the fact that you could be a widow and your child could lose her father.  I could not ignore those possibilities while also trying to stay positive and realize chances were very good that he would be fine.


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Those first few nights while he was in the hospital, I can remember being in bed by myself and really thinking about it; telling myself that even if the worst happened, I could not fall apart.  I could not give up on life.  I had to think about a way to make things right for my daughter.  I wasn’t trying to dwell or think negatively, I am the kind of person that needs to be prepared for any outcome.  I felt like I needed to picture us going on than push it aside and put all my strength into making sure he was fine.



For some, life goes back to normal fairly quickly after an angiogram.  It wasn’t that why for us.  He continued to have a lot of problems.  We eventually changed doctors who determined my husband needed a mitro valve replacement.  I think that is a story best saved for another day.  In some ways, this was much worse for me than the experience with his original heart attack.

On a positive note, four years later life is good! My husband is healthy and his heart is doing well.  Life has gotten back to normal or maybe it is a new normal.  His heart attack is always in the back of my mind, but I no longer fear the phone ringing.  We have changed our eating habits to further be in line with the American Heart Association’s guidelines.  We do use Mazola® Corn oil.  It is a heart healthier option than many other, high saturated fat alternatives.

My husband’s heart problems are genetic.  He does have high cholesterol.  Corn oil actually has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils, 4 times more than olive oil and 40% more than canola oil.  Just by making a few healthy changes like this, you can eat much healthier.  Corn oil also has a high smoke point and a neutral taste.  You can stir fry with it, grill or even bake. Did you see my Apple Galette recipe where I used Mazola® corn oil in the crust?  So good!

Please spend a moment to really think about what Heart Health means.  It can easily happen to you or your loved ones.  Make some easy changes in your diet now to promote heart health.  You can find lots of heart healthy recipes from Mazola® in their Heart Health Library.  I, personally, cannot wait to make the Pork Chops al Pastor recipe on their site.  Little changes now can make a big difference.

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Yields 10

Serves About 3/4 cup

Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

20 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

1 hr, 50 Total Time

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  • 2 tbsp. Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. smoky paprika
  • 2 medium red skinned potatoes, quartered
  • 1 large sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 large fennel bulb, stem removed and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium beets, cut in half
  • 12 oz. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and next 5 ingredients. Set aside 2 tsp. of dressing.
  3. Place potatoes, onion and fennel on a large baking sheet.
  4. Pour dressing (except for 2 tsp.) over the vegetables and toss well to coat.
  5. Wrap beets with heavy duty foil and place on the side of the baking sheet.
  6. Roast for 30 minutes.
  7. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 1 tsp. of the reserved dressing. Add to the vegetables.
  8. Roast for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender.
  9. Take vegetables out of the oven. Let beets sit for 5 minutes.
  10. Take a paper towel and rub off the skin. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  11. Toss beets with remaining tsp. of dressing.
  12. Serve beets alongside the other vegetables. Do not mix in or all the vegetables will turn pink.


  Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. Where are the ingredients? All I see listed is 6 Tablespoons of Mazola corn oil.
  2. I've never roasted fennel before but am itching to try it now that I've seen this recipe! I'm also so intrigued by the corn oil infographic. Very useful!! Thanks for sharing!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Katie, Roasting fennel really mellows it out. It is my favorite way to enjoy it. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  3. I am such a huge fan of roasted veggies, and I love that you included fennel. Roasted fennel is something special!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Jordan, Roasted fennel is my favorite. It adds a nice layer of flavor to this salad. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  4. Christie, I can imagine it was difficult to revisit the emotions surrounding your husband's heart attack, and I thank you for your efforts to do so. Your writing is very powerful. In my 20s I learned from a roommate that if you don't have a clue what's for dinner, start sautéing some onions, celery, and carrots (and/or peppers) and see what happens. In my 40s I added that, if it's wintertime, start roasting some vegetables and figure it out from there. This recipe is a terrific way to get going on dinner without knowing where you'll end up. Thanks!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kirsten, Thank you so much. This was not the easiest of posts to write. Now roasting veggies are exceptionally easy! Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  5. What a beautiful salad! I love winter vegetables and the combination of flavors is perfect!
  6. Looks so delicious and healthy!
  7. This is my kind of salad - one I would gladly eat every day! Love the smoked paprika and of course, the healthier oil you've used!
  8. thank you for sharing this story, I know it had to be a difficult one to write. roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them - which sometimes is just standing at the counter, eating them off the baking sheet... ;)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kristina, I love your way of eating roasted vegetables! There is something cathartic about writing about my husband's heart attack. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  9. I agree with Kirsten, this is a very powerful post. You had me filled with emotion as I read it and felt your anxiety. I'm so glad that things have improved for your family and especially for your hubby!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Shelby, Thanks so much. I debated about writing it. It is really long but hopefully it can help someone else. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  10. This looks really good! thanks for sharing the recipe!
  11. I can imagine it being both helpful and painful to finally share that story. My father just had a heart attack this past November and I was out of the country when it happened. That feeling of helplessness is so horrible. So glad everyone is doing well now and there are delicious heart healthy foods like this salad to keep us full :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Gina, I can imagine how hard that was. I hope your Dad is doing well now. It can be a really long process for some and others bounce right back. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  12. What a great salad! I love healthy food that is also delicious. Thanks for sharing!
  13. Really scary. Sorry you had to experience this. It's true, we never really know when we are going to say goodbye to someone for the last time, but we go on with life as if it wasn't true, until we get slapped in the face with a real situation like you had. I've read that Mazola is better at reducing cholesterol than other oils, even olive. I need to start giving it more preference over olive oil these days. r
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Renee, Sometimes the most scary moments turn into a blessing. It just reminds me to hold my loved ones a little closer. I am finding all the new studies about oil and fat so interesting. It is amazing how fast things are changing about what is really healthy. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  14. Christie, You write so movingly about what was clearly a terrifying experience. I am so glad your husband is healthy now and that you have the emotional strength to reflect on it. I do love roasted vegetables - after your story, when I make a batch I'll think of you and your family. Many thanks for a beautiful post and a wonderful recipe.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Laura, That is very sweet of you! My whole purpose in writing about it was to try to have others think about heart health. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  15. It doesn't feel like winter in Austin anymore, but the root veggies are still plentiful. I love this salad!
  16. What a great combo of flavors and veggies. A very healthy salad that is right up my alley!!
  17. Beautiful salad. Looking forward to trying it. So glad to hear that your husband is doing well.
  18. Oh, Christie, so many emotions sprung while reading your post. My father went through a similar situation. Things could have been very different if you don't take action. So glad your husband is doing well (my dad is too!). I love everything in this salad, especially the hearty red potatoes!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Sandra, So glad your Dad is doing well. The medical treatment is amazing now. It all hinges on a good doctor though. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  19. This looks like a fantastic recipe!! I love all roasted vegetables and salads, so I know I'd love this!
  20. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says
    Oh wow Christie thank God he's alright. I worry about this with my husband - he could take better care of himself :) I didn't know corn oil had more cholesterol blocking sterols than even olive oil. I'll be thinking about that point for some time. thanks so much for sharing.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Erica, It is so hard to get men to take care of themselves, well us too. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  21. Beets are my fav, fav, FAV!!! As soon as I saw this salad I knew I would love it!
  22. Roasted vegetables are amazing.. so simple and good. It really is so easy to think we are indestructible but life has a way of reminding us of our mortality at the weirdest times. So glad all is well!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Marye, Life sure does. You never know what is going to happen. Guess that is what makes it special. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  23. I love that this not only looks great but that its also yummy and healthy!
  24. Christie, this is such a good post. Thanks for sharing. It's true for all of us. We never know what's around the corner.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks so much Chris. I appreciate the kind words. Thanks for stopping by Food Done Light. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  25. That's a great looking salad, Christie! I don't even really like beets but I'd totally give them a try in this salad. Couldn't pass them up along with all of those other fantastic veggies!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Julie, I beat you would like them roasted. They are a very flavor that way. Thanks for stopping by Food Done Light. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  26. I can't imagine how difficult this must have been for you, then and now. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I'm so glad your husband's heart is well. I love everything about this salad. I'm one of those who loves to roast veggies, so this salad is right up my alley.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Angela, We are very lucky he is healthy now. We are all about roasting veggies. Is there any other way to eat them? Thanks for stopping by Food Done Light. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  27. Michelle@Healthiersteps says
    Love to roast vegetables, it intensifies the flavors. Thanks for sharing about your husband and I'm so happy he feels better.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks so much Michelle. We are very lucky. Thanks for stopping by Food Done Light. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  28. This Roasted Vegetable Salad looks wonderful!


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