Roasted almond and cauliflower salad with mustard dressing
I never used to like cauliflower. I thought it was a tasteless, pointless vegetable that I could do without. That was until I tried roasting it. Turns out cauliflower can be quite tasty, if you know how to cook it. Cauliflower also has several health benefits I’d conveniently overlooked before I actually liked it. So, not a tasteless, pointless vegetable after all. Just as well, because thanks to this quick, simple and easy roasted almond and cauliflower salad with mustard dressing, I eat a whole lot of it quite regularly!
According to WHF Foods, cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. Additionally, it is a good source of vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, niacin, and magnesium.
Perhaps more interestingly, oven-baking cauliflower brings out a naturally nutty flavour to this white vegetable, which pairs quite nicely with roasted almonds. This roasted cauliflower and almond salad is a regular on my weekly meal plan rotations. It’s just so simple, fool-proof, and perfect on it’s own or as an accompaniment to any kind of protein – red meat, chicken, fish, even haloumi.
Recipe: Roasted Almond & Cauliflower Salad with Mustard Dressing
- 1 whole cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 bunch Italian flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon seeded mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Place cauliflower in a roasting dish and place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the vegetable starts to char.
- Add almonds to the roasting dish and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is sufficiently baked. Keep an eye on the almonds to ensure they don’t burn.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Transfer to a salad bowl, add the parsley and toss through. Drizzle with the dressing.
- To make dressing, combine all ingredients in a small jar and stir or shake to combine.