Looking for a delicious and healthy Holiday meal side dish? This Mediterranean Honey Roasted Vegetables dish is perfect! Featuring beets, Brussel sprouts, and carrots, this dish is packed with nutrients and flavor. Plus, it's easy to make and requires just a few simple ingredients. Give it a try tonight!
Roasting vegetables is a great way to cook them because it brings out their natural sweetness and gives them a delicious roasted flavor.
You can use any variety of vegetables or mix and match different ones depending on what you have on hand. Roasted vegetables make a healthy and satisfying side dish or low-calorie main course and are also great for packing in lunches.
An easy side dish that always makes its way to Thanksgiving and Christmas tables because it is easy to make, it packs lots of Fall vegetables, making it perfect to combine with other heavier entrées.
Brussels sprouts and carrots are the shining stars of this holiday dish, but beets add an extra layer of sweetness and depth. If you are not a fan of beets, you can skip them or use another vegetable like pumpkin or butternut squash.
- Brussels sprouts are the main ingredient and provide a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and a tender texture to the dish.
- Fresh Carrots add a sweet, slightly earthy flavor and a crunchy texture.
- Beets add a sweet, earthy flavor and a vibrant color to the dish.
- Fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary: Fresh herbs add a fresh, aromatic flavor to the dish and complement the other ingredients.
- Balsamic vinegar adds a tangy, slightly sweet flavor and a caramelized color to the dish.
- Fresh garlic cloves add a pungent, savory flavor to the dish and enhance the other spices and ingredients.
- Vegan honey is used to sweeten the dish and add a sticky glaze to the vegetables.
- Pecan nuts: Pecans add a crunchy texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor to the dish.
- Extra virgin olive oil coats the vegetables and provides a rich, fruity flavor.
- Kosher salt and pepper are used to season the dish and bring out the natural flavors of the other ingredients.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Preheat the oven to 400 °C (200 °C) and chop the vegetables about the same size so they roast evenly.
Mix the oil, vinegar, and vegan honey in a jug or serving bowl.
Add raw chopped vegetables into a baking sheet and pour the olive oil mixture Put in the preheated oven to bake for 20 minutes.
Add garlic, and Italian herbs, stir- and bake for another 30 minutes.
Stir in the pecan nuts and put back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Adjust the flavors if needed, using salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve the roasted veggies with fresh lemon juice before serving if you want to add some tang.
Hint: if you are using tiny Brussels sprouts, want to prevent them from getting mushy, or simply want to keep more of their crunchiness, we suggest adding them only after the first 30 minutes with the Italian herbs.
You can also roast Brussels sprouts apart (see recipe) and add them right before serving.
Roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots make this gluten-free healthy side dish shine, but you can get creative and use root veggies like golden beets, sweet potatoes, and red potatoes.
Other veggies that are perfect for this type of roast are butternut squash, red peppers, and red onion.
- Balsamic vinegar - feel free to use balsamic glaze, red wine vinegar, or pomegranate molasses.
- Fresh garlic - feel free to use garlic powder instead.
- Brussels sprouts - you can use summer squash instead.
- Vegan honey - you can use maple syrup, molasses, or date paste.
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- Spicy - add a tablespoon of red pepper flakes to the balsamic, oil, and honey marinade to make spicy roasted vegetables.
- More protein - we often make our crispy tofu cubes in parallel, and simply toss them along with the pecan nuts during the last 10-min baking time, to add an extra layer of chunkiness and plant protein.
- Greek - add crumbled feta cheese, and charred cherry tomatoes, on top to make a delicious Greek roasted vegetables casserole. Also, add a teaspoon of dried oregano.
- Nutty - add a maple tahini dressing for a flavor spin on your veggies.
🥢 How to serve
This fantastic side dish is excellent on its own, but we have a fantastic sauce for roasted vegetables: our creamy vegan sauce works wonderfully on this recipe.
It adds another layer of Creamy Mediterranean basil touch, making it unforgettable.
You only need a sheet pan or large casserole dish, plus a small mixing bowl for the dressing.
- Fridge – store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat and crisp back up in the oven or air fryer.
- Freezer – can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months. It can be reheated from frozen.
💡 Top tip
When making roasted brussel sprouts and carrots with other dark ingredients such as beets or red onions, you might choose to cook them separately in a different baking tray and only put them together right before serving.
This technique also works if you want their natural sugars to remain unmixed and don't permeate into the other vegetables.
Yes, you can freeze roasted vegetables. However, it's important to note that freezing them will cause them to lose some of their texture and flavor. To freeze roasted vegetables, first, allow them to cool completely. Then, place them in a freezer-safe container and cover them with a lid. Make sure to label the container with the date before freezing. Frozen roasted vegetables will last for up to 3 months
Yes, they can. Roasted vegetables are a great make-ahead dish because they stay fresh for a few days and can be reheated easily. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge, so they don't get soggy. Add a drizzle of olive oil before reheating so they pick up their crispness.
⏲️ More oven-roasted vegetables
Try out our marmite and rosemary roasted potatoes with broccoli, and a truly decadent and festive side dish.
If you love your Mediterranean vegetables, try out this Catalonian Escalivada, a dish made with red bell peppers, eggplants, onions, tomato, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. We love serving this easy dish at large banquets.
During the fall season, we never miss the chance to roast vegetables like butternut squash, Sweet potatoes, Healthy Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Pumpkin, and roasted carrots; find all the recipes on our site.
If you have extra time, I recommend you try our marinated Brussels sprouts recipe; it is totally worth it, and it only requires 10 minutes of prepping time!
If you love Brussels sprouts and Indian Food, don't forget to try our Indian Style Brussels Sprouts Curry.
Mediterranean Honey Roasted Vegetables with Brussel Sprouts and Carrots
- 10 oz carrots 2 large peeled and cut into 1” chunks
- 10 oz Brussels sprouts halved
- 10 oz beetroot 2 beets – peeled and cut into 1” chunks
- 4 cloves garlic skin left on
- 2 tablespoons vegan honey or maple syrup, agave nectar, molasses, date paste
- 2 thyme fresh sprigs
- 2 rosemary
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup pecans
- splash lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 400 °C (200 °C)
- In a jug or small bowl, mix the oil, vinegar, and vegan honey.
- Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, and beets to a large roasting pan or casserole dish, then pour the oil and balsamic mixture over the vegetables in the casserole dish.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Add garlic, and Italian herbs, stir- and bake for another 30 minutes.
- Stir in the pecans and bake for 10 more minutes.
- Remove the herb sprigs and the garlic (or just the skin from the garlic).
- Serve immediately.
🌡️ Food safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with a high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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