Roasted Cauliflower Salad

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This dish is on high rotation in our house as it ticks a number of boxes. I’ve been trying to cook two meat-free dinners per week and even though this is vegetarian, it is still substantial – which means we aren’t starving within an hour of eating it. It is also high in fiber and is a cinch to cook when I get home from work.  It is great as a side dish with fish or a BBQ.

Originally adapted from a Karen Martini recipe, it is a very forgiving recipe and therefore exact quantities aren’t really necessary – it will still work and taste great. You can substitute a number of ingredients depending what you have in your pantry/fridge, so I’ve written it that way.  That said, it is a cauliflower salad … so the only mandatory ingredient is therefore, the cauliflower!

INGREDIENTS
1 whole head of cauliflower
1 tsp cumin seeds
sea salt
drizzle of olive oil

1 handful nuts …
– eg almonds, pistachio, walnuts, pepitas or sunflower

½ cup grain …
    – eg quinoa (GF),  buckwheat (GF), freekah (low gluten), barley or farro

½ cup finely chopped green shallots …
or scallion, red onion

½ cup chopped herbs …
eg parsley, basil, mint, coriander, dill or a combination

½ cup dried fruit …
– eg currants, cranberries, cherries or fresh pomegranate seeds

½ cup diced feta …
     – or crumbled goat cheese

Dressing
juice ½ lemon
drizzle extra virgin olive oil
drizzle pomegranate molasses (optional)
a scattering of pepitas

METHOD

1.  Cut the cauliflower in slices about 1cm thick and then remove most of the thick stalk from the slices. Drizzle over some olive oil, season with salt and sprinkle over the cumin seeds.  Spread the cauliflower out on a baking tray lined with baking paper.  I prefer to spead over two trays as it cooks quicker and browns better.  Cook at 180C for around 30-40 mins until the cauliflower is nicely browned.

2. Meanwhile, cook the grain you are using as per the packet instructions.

3. Once the cauli is done, remove it from the oven, throw the nuts on the tray and cook until slightly roasted – watch them carefully, takes about 3-5 mins.  Allow both the nuts and cauliflower to cool slightly for a few minutes.

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4. In a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients.  Throw in the nuts and cauliflower, including all the little caramelised bits.   Squeeze over the lemon juice, drizzle the pomegranate molasses, some olive oil and mix through. Season with sea salt to taste.

5.  Serve in a bowl or platter and scatter the feta (or goat cheese) and pepita over the top.

Serves 2-3 as a meal,  or 4 as a side dish.

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Welcome to Soul Kitchen Blog. Sure food ultimately is fuel for the body but made with love is so much more and truly nourishes the soul. As cliche as it sounds, life really is too short to eat bad food and drink bad wine. I have a passion for cooking and a love of good food. I am committed to my quest of searching for fabulous recipes that just so happen to be gluten free. In recent years I discovered that I have intolerance to gluten and whilst its changed my eating habits somewhat, I refuse to allow it to limit my choices to eat well or make those that I cook for feel that they are missing out on anything. My mandate is simple... Feed the body and nourish the soul. I look forward to sharing my journey with you ....
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