Whitefish with Roasted Root Vegetable Salad



Serving size

6 ounces fish with vegetables
60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied and makes good leftovers, whether it’s the salad alone or with the cooked fish (best served cold rather than reheated). The vegetables will keep well, refrigerated, for 4-5 days but the fish should be kept for only 3-4.

Whitefish with Roasted Root Vegetable Salad


2 beet (2 inch dia) Beets, raw
1 small Turnips, raw
1/4 head medium (5-6 inch dia.) Cauliflower, raw (cut into small flowerettes)
1 medium Carrots, raw (peeled and diced small)
6 large Green olives (kalamata olives)
2/3 Tbsp., drained Capers
2 Tbsp. Olive oil (divided)
1 Tbsp. White wine vinegar
1 tsp. or 1 packet Dijon mustard
12 ounces Fresh cod (cut into two 6-ounce filets)


Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Scrub the beets and turnip.

Wrap each individually in foil.

Place the wrapped vegetables in the oven.

Place the cauliflower in a large skillet and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Place the pan in the oven.

Roast the cauliflower for 30 to 40 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally. Remove and let cool.

Turn the beets and turnips occasionally.

After 40-50 minutes, remove the beets and turnips and let cool.

The beet and turnip skins will slip off easily. Peel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Chill the beets, turnips, cauliflower, and diced carrots (the carrots are not cooked).

While the vegetables are chilling, place the olives and capers with about 2 teaspoons caper liquid in a mini chopper or blender.

Puree until smooth and set aside. (This can also be made by mincing finely to a paste.)

Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large bowl with the vinegar, mustard and pepper.

Whisk until smooth.

When ready to serve, place a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil to the pan and then the fish filets.

Sear on one side for about 5 minutes, then turn over.

Spread the olive mixture over the top of the fish and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.

While the fish is cooking, add the carrots, beets, turnip, and cauliflower to the vinaigrette and toss well.

Divide the vegetables evenly between the two plates and top with the cooked fish.


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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

This seems like a complex dish but is, in fact, really easy and good for weeknight dinner because the prep takes only about 20 minutes. The roasted veggies can be made in advance as can the vinaigrette and the olive tapenade. Cooking the fish only takes 10 minutes so, all in all, a simple but elegant dinner.

"The addition of vinaigrette to freshly roasted vegetables gives them a freshness and juiciness they don't normally have; the acidity brings out new shades of flavour, too."

Yotam Ottolenghi, Chef