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Rainbow Roasted Veggies with Pot-of-Gold Hummus

Who doesn't like to eat a rainbow? 

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Hummus, Pot of Gold, Rainbow, St. Patrick's Day, Vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 people
Author Faithful Plateful


Veggie Rainbow

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 carrots or 1 sweet potato
  • 1 yellow summer squash or yellow bell pepper
  • 2 zucchini, 1 bunch of broccoli, asparagus, or brussel sprouts
  • 1 purple onion or purple potatoes
  • salt, pepper, thyme
  • balsamic vinegar or olive oil (optional)
  • Raw or steamed cauliflower "clouds"

Pot-of-Gold Hummus

  • 1 can chickpeas (or 1 1/2 cups, cooked)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2-4 tbsp ice water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (for even deeper gold color)


To make the hummus:

  1. In a food processor, pulse lemon juice, garlic and salt. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to eliminate the sharp taste of raw garlic.

  2. Add tahini and blend until light and fluffy. Add 1 tablespoon ice water at a time and keep running the food processor until smooth. 

  3. Add the cumin, curry powder, and turmeric (if using) and the chickpeas. Blend until very smooth. Taste and add more salt, cumin, or lemon juice to taste. 

To make the rainbow:

  1. Cut vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Preheat oven to 425 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 

  2. Put potatoes, carrots, and onions, and/or brussel sprouts on one baking sheet (if not using oil, I like to steam these vegetables first until crisp-tender).  These vegetables need to cook longest. 

    Put any bell peppers, squash, broccoli or zucchini on the 2nd baking sheet.

  3. I roast vegetables without any oil, but if you want to toss the vegetables with oil, the best are grapeseed or avocado oil, as they don't produce trans fats in high heat. A little balsamic vinegar is also delicious! 

  4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme. Bake the starchy vegetables for 30-45 minutes, and the other vegetables for 20-30 minutes, until soft and golden brown. 

  5. Assemble rainbows on each plate, with cauliflower clouds and a pot of gold hummus at the end! 

Recipe Notes

For a quick version, you can buy yellow lentil hummus, or mix curry powder into your favorite store-bought hummus. 

Raw vegetables make this an easy vegetable platter.