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Vegetable Rösti with a Smoky Roasted Salsa

Áine Carlin
  • Serves: 2-4
  • Preparation: 20
  • Cooking: 40
  • Ready: 60

This easy-peasy rösti is a great way of getting your fried-food hit without resorting to deep-frying.


For the salsa

  • 150 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded if preferred, and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the rösti

  • 1 large courgette, grated
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 baking potato, grated
  • pinch of white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish


Preheat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/gas mark 6.

Place the tomatoes on a baking tray. Season, sprinkle over the sugar and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and half the oil. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes and set aside to cool.

Place the tomatoes, red peppers, chilli, garlic and smoked paprika into a blender along with the remaining oil, season and blitz to a coarse sauce.

Place the grated vegetables in the centre of a clean tea towel, pull the edges together and squeeze out all the excess liquid from the veg. Place in a large bowl, and stir in the white pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Stir well to incorporate.

Heat the remaining oil in a medium pan. Shape the vegetable mixture into individual patties using your hands and add to the pan. Cook over a medium heat for 5–10 minutes or until they begin to brown on the underside, lifting gently with a spatula to check. Carefully flip over the röstis to cook on the other side.

Once they have browned on the other side (this will take a further 5–10 minutes), serve hot with the salsa and a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley.

Additonal notes

Extract taken from Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin, photographed by Ali Allen, Kyle Books.

“Breakfast? Starter? Snack? You decide, but whichever you opt for this easy-peasy rösti recipe is a great way of getting your fried-food hit without resorting to deep-frying. The crunchy exterior makes this seem much more naughty than it actually is, and the smoky roasted salsa gives it two thumbs up from me.”

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