Roasted Root Vegetables With Thyme and Marjoram Vinaigrette

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins

Source: Bon Appetit, November 2002

Ingredients Nutrition

  • vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 12 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1 12 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram
  • 2 lbs medium yams, peeled, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch pieces (red-skinned sweet potatoes)
  • 1 12 lbs carrots, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds (about 4 cups)
  • 1 12 lbs parsnips, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds (about 4 cups)
  • 1 12 lbs rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 2 medium red onions, peeled, root ends left intact, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • fresh parsley sprig


  1. Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 425°F Spray 2 large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Whisk 6 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons thyme, and 2 tablespoons marjoram in large bowl. Add yams, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, and onions and toss to coat. Sprinkle vegetables generously with salt and pepper and divide between prepared baking sheets. Roast vegetables until tender and brown in spots, turning occasionally, about 50 minutes. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. If desired, rewarm in 350°F oven about 15 minutes, or microwave on high until heated through, about 6 minutes, before continuing.)
  2. Whisk balsamic vinegar, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, and 1 1/2 teaspoons marjoram to blend in small bowl. Drizzle over roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and lemon peel. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to platter; garnish with parsley sprigs. Serve hot or at room temperature.