There is not much love for vegetables in my house. That’s if you ignore the fact that I would rather eat vegetables even over cake. Yep, I would. It has been a bit more of an uphill battle to get Skater, my teenager to eat them if they aren’t covered in tomato sauce. I have had a lot of success with cauliflower fried (as) rice, something you may have seen all over the place these days but it is a recipe that’s a bit of a hero for the disguise of vegetables. My Chicken & Parmesan Meatballs with green sauce is also a wonderful way to hide a vegetable and a quick week night stand by.
Occasionally I need to make extra special vegetable dishes just for me. There’s so much you can do with cauliflower it is amazing. I am not sure why I, and the millions of other people writing recipes didn’t figure out anytime before this that the humble almost cabbagey smelling cauliflower could be used to make so many dishes. Steamed raw or roasted I love it, and so does almost everyone else.
This is a simple cauliflower salad but one that works for this time of year. Whether it’s Spring in your part of town or getting very chilly like it is in mine, this salad is worth making . It’s nice served warm or room temperature.
Try it with BBQed meats or with a slow cooked dish like I did or with some Chicken Schnitzel crumbed with Za’atar and panko crumbs. Just so you know….Skater did not eat this. It contains nuts and pomegranate. Really…
- 1 cauliflower ( approximately 1kg or 2 lb)
- 1 cup of roasted walnuts
- ½ pomegranate ( seeds tapped out of the fruit shell)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ roughly chopped flat parsley leaves
- ¼ cup roughly chopped mint leaves
- ¼ cup roughly chopped coriander stalks and leaves
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
- 2 tablespoons Orange juice (around ½ an orange)
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- up to ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons golden syrup ( this is for the caramel taste and the minimum sweetness)
- Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F
- Put the cumin, smoked paprika and salt into a bowl with ½ of the olive oil.
- Chop the cauliflower into small flowerettes using the core if you like that. Toss the cauliflower in the spice mix and place onto a lined tray and roast until tender and browning around the edges.
- Meanwhile prepare the nuts and chop roughly. Clean and chop the parsley, coriander and mint. Cut the Pomegranate in half and tap with a knife to remove the seeds. Put all of these together in a bowl.
- To make the dressing put all of the dressing ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake well. taste for salt.
- When the cauliflower is ready chop roughly. Toss with the other salad ingredients and dress with the dressing. Serve with extra coriander leaves.