roasted cauliflower, celery and herb salad 

This salad is one of my new favorite recipes - inspired by the incredible chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his cookbook "Jerusalem." It is at once bright and spicy and sweet, thanks to the unique combination of vegetables, fresh herbs, and a generous portion of Middle Eastern spices including cinnamon, cumin, coriander and cloves. The maple syrup-based dressing adds an element of sweetness to balance the spice. This is the perfect accompaniment to lamb or can be enjoyed on its own as a light lunch. I would recommend serving with a rose wine, Cabernet Franc or Syrah.

 

  • Head of cauliflower (one whole, cut into bite-sized florets)

  • Olive oil (3 tablespoons total; 1 tablespoon to toss cauliflower plus 2 tablespoons for dressing)

  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Ground black pepper (1/4 teaspoon)

  • Celery (four stalks, sliced at an angle into thin pieces)

  • Pomegranate seeds (2/3 cup)

  • Fresh parsley (1/2 cup, finely chopped)

  • Fresh mint (1/2 cup, finely chopped)

  • Toasted pine nuts (1/2 cup)

  • Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)

  • Cumin (1/2 teaspoon)

  • Ground coriander (1/4 teaspoon)

  • Ground cloves (1/4 teaspoon)

  • Maple syrup (1 tablespoon)

  • Sherry vinegar (1 teaspoon)

 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Toss the cauliflower florets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

  3. Bake cauliflower in the oven for 20 minutes, using a wooden spoon to turn occasionally to ensure even browning.

  4. While cauliflower is baking, toss celery, pomegranate seeds, parsley, mint, pine nuts, and the four spices in a large mixing bowl. Make sure spices are evenly coating the ingredients and not clumping.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk maple syrup, sherry vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional vinegar and/or salt.

  6. Once the cauliflower has finished cooking, remove and let cool slightly.

  7. Add cauliflower and dressing to the celery, herb and spice mixture and toss until all ingredients are evenly coated.

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