Roasted Winter Vegetables with Za’atar

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Za’atar

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the caramelized flavors of roasted cool weather vegetables. After all, you really can enjoy seasonal fresh produce all year long, as this recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables with Za’atar is proof! In this dish, I toss sweet potatoes, parsnips, onions, and Brussels sprouts with a flavorful combination of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and Za’atar. I love to serve this vegetable side dish as a holiday dish, as well as comfort food accompaniment all season long. A touch of lemon juice preserves the brilliant shade of the veggies, and adds a bright pop of flavor, too. The colors—and nutrition—in this simple vegetable dish are off the charts, and will offer visual relief on any dreary day.

What is Za’atar?

Za’atar is a common Middle Eastern multi-purpose spice mixture used in many recipes. Za’atar typically contains a blend of oregano, thyme, cumin, coriander, sumac, and sesame seeds. You can find this spice in spice shops, well stocked supermarkets, and online, or you can make it yourself by blending those spices together and storing in a jar.

Check out how I make this recipe in my Instagram Live Plant-Based Cooking Show here.


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This gluten-free, plant-based recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables with Za’atar—filled with sweet potatoes, parsnips, onions, and Brussels sprouts—is proof that you can enjoy fresh, seasonal veggies all year long!

  • 1 large (11 ounces) sweet potato, (such as purple, orange, or yellow), peeled, cubed
  • 2 medium parsnips, unpeeled, cubed
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons za’atar*
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Sea salt (optional) to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place sweet potato, parsnips, red onion, Brussels sprouts, and garlic, in a large baking dish (9 × 13).
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
  4. Sprinkle with za’atar, black pepper, and salt (optional).
  5. Place in the top rack of the oven, uncovered, and roast for about 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and tender, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.


You can find za’atar at many specialty stores or online. Make it yourself by blending oregano, thyme, cumin, coriander, sumac, and sesame seeds together.

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 109
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 27 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: roasted vegetables, winter vegetables, vegetable side dish, za’atar

For other winter vegetable dishes, check out some of my favorites:

Maple and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Instant Pot Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Butternut Squash with Dates, Figs, and Pistachios
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Tomatoes
Roasted Orange Ginger Carrots
Vegan Broccoli Walnut Au Gratin
Sesame Soy Glazed Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes

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