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Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables: the Easiest Recipe for an Oven Roasted Summer Side Dish!

Total time: 1hr5mins.
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
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Summer is a colorful season: we find ourselves craving colors in all aspects of our lives. Food is one of them; and because of this, we have thought about the perfect side dish for your sunny and warm summer: Mediterranean Oven Roasted Vegetables! A colorful and tasty side dish, very easy to prepare, ideal for accompanying main courses of meat or fish and more. To prepare them you can use summer seasonal vegetables, the ones you prefer or the ones you have available. In this Mediterranean version we used potatoes, zucchini, carrots, eggplants, peppers and onion; the veggies will be seasoned with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and flavored with aromatic herbs – such as fresh oregano or those you prefer – and spices, to make them fragrant and appetizing.

What Are Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables?

This dish traces its origins back to ancient times when the Greeks and Romans utilized their abundant agriculture, often preparing vegetables through roasting, a method that enhances flavors and retains nutrients. The Mediterranean, a historical melting pot of cultures and cuisines, saw its culinary practices evolve with influences from Arab traders who introduced new ingredients and techniques. Olive oil, a staple of Mediterranean cooking since antiquity, adds distinctive flavor and richness, highlighting the health benefits of this diet.

Today, Mediterranean roasted vegetables are cherished globally for their simplicity, versatility, and health benefits. While regional variations exist—such as Italian versions with tomatoes and rosemary or Greek versions with more eggplant and feta cheese—the dish remains a tribute to the Mediterranean way of eating, emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients and uncomplicated cooking methods.

Tips to Obtain the Best Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

  • The quality of your vegetables is paramount. Farmers' markets are great places to find fresh, locally grown vegetables.
  • Slice your vegetables uniformly to ensure they cook evenly. Potatoes, carrots, and zucchini should be cut into rounds, while peppers and eggplants can be cut into strips or chunks. Consistent sizes prevent some pieces from overcooking while others remain underdone.
  • Seasoning is key to enhancing the natural flavors of your vegetables. Use fresh garlic, salt, and pepper generously. Don’t shy away from experimenting with your favorite spices. Herbs like oregano, rosemary, or thyme can add depth and aromatic qualities to your dish.
  • Ensure your oven is preheated to 200°C (392°F) before you place the vegetables inside. A hot oven sears the vegetables, locking in their juices and giving them a nice caramelized exterior.
  • Line your baking tray with parchment paper. This prevents the vegetables from sticking to the tray and makes for easy cleanup. Plus, it helps in even cooking by allowing the heat to circulate freely around the vegetables.
  • Spread the vegetables in a single layer on the baking tray. Overcrowding leads to steaming instead of roasting, which can make your vegetables soggy instead of crispy.
  • Halfway through the baking time, give the vegetables a good toss. This ensures they roast evenly and get a uniform color and texture.
  • If you're using delicate fresh herbs like oregano, add them towards the end of the roasting process or even after the vegetables are out of the oven. This preserves their flavor and prevents them from burning.

What is The Secret to Roasting Vegetables Perfectly?

The secret to roasting vegetables perfectly lies in choosing fresh, seasonal produce, cutting them uniformly, and generously coating them with olive oil and seasonings. Preheat your oven to a high temperature, spread the vegetables in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking tray, and avoid overcrowding. Toss the vegetables halfway through roasting to ensure even cooking and a beautifully caramelized exterior.

What Other Herbs Can I Use to Season the Vegetables?

Other herbs that can be used to season Mediterranean roasted vegetables include rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, and marjoram.

Can I Substitute Some Veggies With Others?

Yes! For example, you can use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, squash instead of zucchini, or add mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus for variety. The key is to choose vegetables that roast well and have similar cooking times.

What is The Best Temperature for Roasting Vegetables?

The best temperature to roast vegetables is 200°C (392°F). Roast them for about 45 minutes, tossing halfway through, to achieve a perfectly caramelized and evenly cooked result.

Can I Make These in the Air Fryer or the Grill Instead?

Yes, you can! For the air fryer, cook at 200°C (392°F) for about 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. On the grill, use a vegetable basket and cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Can I Make These in Advance?

Yes, you can! After roasting, let them cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven at 180°C (356°F) for about 10-15 minutes before serving to restore their crispiness.

What Can I Serve With Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables?

Serve them alongside grilled chicken, lamb, or fish for a complete meal. They also complement pasta dishes, quinoa, or couscous, adding a burst of flavor and color. For a vegetarian option, mix them into a hearty salad or use them as a topping for hummus and flatbreads.

More Roast Recipes to Keep in Mind for This Summer

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Napa Cabbage

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Onions

Roasted Zucchini

Roasted Carrots

How to Store Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

To store Mediterranean roasted vegetables, let them cool and place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. They can also be frozen; spread them out on a baking sheet to freeze individually before transferring to a freezer-safe container or bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven to restore their texture.

Ingredients

Potatoes
2
Carrots
2
Zucchini
2
bell peppers
2
eggplant
1
Onions
2
Garlic clove
2
Pepper
to taste
salt
to taste
Olive oil
to taste
Fresh oregano
to taste

How to Make Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

Start by slicing the potatoes into sticks.

Do the same with the carrots.

Slice the zucchini into rounds.

Then, slice the bell peppers into strips.

Cut the eggplants into chunks.

Finally, slice the onion into strips.

Pour all the sliced veggies into a baking tray lined with parchment paper and season with two grated cloves or garlic, salt, pepper and any spices you prefer.

Drizzle generously with oil and give all the vegetables a good mix, before adding some fresh oregano leaves (or any other herbs you prefer).  Bake them at 392°F (200°C) for about 45 minutes.

Let the Mediterranean roasted vegetables cool before serving them. Enjoy!

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