Monday 4 May 2020

Middle Eastern Inspired Cauliflower Salad

Middle Eastern inspired cauliflower salad

If I had to choose a favourite "world cuisine", I'd say Middle Eastern. I absolutely love the flavours and with few options available to me locally, it's always my restaurant "theme" of choice when I'm in London or elsewhere. This salad takes inspiration from the cuisine by incorporating sweet dates along with pistachios. I'm conscious that pistachios are a pricey ingredient but they really are worth including in this recipe. I'll create some more recipes featuring them too, as I hate using ingredients as a one-off in recipes- far better to have a selection to hand so you can get the most out of any produce you've purchased! I always prefer cauliflower salads served warm but of course, it's totally up to you if you prefer to make this in advance.

Three great health benefits: good source of fibre, beneficial for heart health, boosts immunity

Serves 1, or 2 as a side salad
1 small cauliflower, chopped into florets (mine weighed 220g)
1/4 tsp ras el hanout 
2 tsp olive oil
1 & 1/2 tbsp pistachios (shelled)
1 medjool date, finely chopped
Handful of spinach leaves
Juice of 1/2 lemon 
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp maple syrup
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. 
2) Place the cauliflower in a roasting tin and toss together with the ras el hanout and olive oil, ensuring all of the florets are evenly coated. 
3) Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes, adding the pistachios and roasting in the final 5 minutes. 
4) Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by whisking together the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and salt & pepper. 
5) To serve, toss the roasted cauliflower and pistachios together with the date & spinach leaves and drizzle with the dressing. 

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