Friday, October 29, 2010

Roasted Cauliflower and Tomato Salad

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower has to be the most under-appreciated of vegetables.  Its bland flavor doesn't appeal to many people, although it has a very high nutritional density = a very healthy food.  Aside from cooking the florets in a stew or boiling them (which I am not a fan of), frying them turns them golden brown and delicious.  I'm not afraid of frying anything, but I do love them roasted.

Cauliflower leaf
Roasted Cauliflower Salad

This is a typical Lebanese side dish, great with fish or even on its own.  It's served with a garlic tahini (sesame butter) sauce and is eaten with pita bread.  I'm a big fan of variety at the table.  When I cook, I tend to make a main dish,  a couple of sides, a salad, etc.  The kids enjoy that part as well, and out of curiosity, will usually try a few nibbles of everything, and occasionally will discover that they really love something.  For me, I enjoy the times we get to spend at the table all together. 

Cauliflower Floret

Roasted Cauliflower and Tomato Salad
1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
10-12 baby tomatoes (cherry, grape, your favorite)
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
Olive oil 
Salt and Pepper
Wash the cauliflower and breakup into similar size florets and place in a bowl.  Add similar size tomatoes.  Toss with about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Place on a baking sheet and roast at 400˚F for about 20 minutes, until soft but not mushy.  Slide into a serving bowl, add parsley.  Drizzle a generous amount of the dressing below, toss and serve.

Tahini Dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3 tbsp tahini (sesame butter)
1 garlic clove, minced (about 1 tsp)
3 tbsp water*
1/2 tsp sea salt (adjust to taste)
Freshly ground pepper (to taste) 
* If the sauce gets too thick, dilute with some more water as needed. 
Whisk all ingredients together until well blended and smooth.  


  1. An unusual salad but I'm really tempted to try it has many flavours that I like and your crisp pics help out too!

  2. I don't care for cauliflower, but the combination looks very good. I might try this one.

  3. Beautiful cauliflower recipe and quite unique.

  4. Now that is a creative take on our fried cauliflower and tarator dish! Love it!


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