A simple roasted cauliflower salad with a jolly sweet pepper salsa makes a lovely Christmas side dish, just look at all these lovely festive colours!
Roasting cauliflower is one of those culinary tricks I wish I’d known donkey’s years ago – it transforms this wonderful vegetable from 1970s school dinner fodder into something really rather special. It also works on sprouts and has converted the two people in this family from sprout haters to miniature cabbage lovers! More on that to come, I have a few sprout recipes to share over the coming weeks because, now it’s November, it’s time to get my Christmas show on the road!
Vegan Christmas Recipes
I’ve got some lovely new vegan Christmas recipes lined up to share with you, a few adaptations of old ones and I’ll probably go off piste and bung in a few I’m making up as I go along! Expect vegan canapés, at least one new vegan nut roast and something scrumptiously savoury wrapped in pastry along with soups, starters, side dishes and deliciously divine vegan desserts.
While you are waiting for the new additions check out my offerings from previous years – there’s a glorious Chestnut and Cashew Christmas Wreath Roast, Christmas Tree Bruschetta, Mushroom and Walnut Pâté, Easy Vegan Sausage Rolls, Vegan Cream Cheese Treasure Chests, Silky Vegan Chocolate Mousse and Beetroot Marmalade with Port and Ginger as well as much more! All the recipes I have just listed are vegan but if you have rummage around you will also find my older vegetarian dishes; this will be my second vegan Christmas and I can’t wait to pop on my apron and fire up the oven!
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with a Sweet Pepper Salsa
So, on with this delicious Roasted Cauliflower Christmas salad! I’ve used creamy white cauliflower along with the impossibly beautiful Romanesco in this recipe. Romanesco always makes me gasp – the intricacy of its florets is just astounding and they are allowed to really show off in this dish rather than being hidden in a smothering sauce. Romanesco has a more delicate flavour than the cauliflower and they complement each other well. Both respond to roasting by sweetening up a little while keeping their crunch; no soggy offerings here!
Chuck in some edamame beans for added crunch, some spring onions, ground coriander and plenty of salt and pepper and you have a roasted cauliflower salad which allows all the flavours of the veg to shine! Serve it up with my zesty sweet pepper salsa and you have a super salad suitable for all seasons!
- 300 g white cauliflower broken into florets
- 300 g romanesco cauliflower broken into florets
- 100 g fresh or frozen edamame beans cooked if fresh, defrosted if frozen
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 spring onions trimmed and chopped
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- pinch of salt
- black pepper
- 1 small red onion peeled and diced
- 1 red pepper deseeded and diced
- 1 large tomato diced
- 1-2 small red chillis chopped
- small bunch of fresh coriander roughly chopped
- juice of 1 lime
Preheat the oven to 200C
Toss the cauliflower and romanesco in 1 tbsp of the olive oil, spread evenly on a baking tray and roast in the hot oven for 20 - 30 minutes until browned and just tender but still crunchy.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together spring onions, 1 tbsp olive oil, the ground coriander, a pinch of salt and some black pepper.
Add the cooked cauliflowers straight from the oven and the edamame beans, stir through and leave to cool.
Make the salsa by combining all the ingredients in a bowl.
Serve the cauliflower salad at room temperature topped with extra chopped coriander and small bowls of the salsa on the side.
Don’t leave salad season behind in the summer, bring it with you through autumn and winter and on into spring! You could try my Three Grain Salad with Roasted Pepper Dressing or how about Wild Rice and Asparagus Salad with Lemon Thyme and Sumac? Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad celebrates citrus season with a burst of flavour while Black Quinoa and Spiced Chickpea Salad spices things up nicely! The salad possibilities are endless and I have lots more up my sleeve (which makes life difficult to be honest, no one wants salady sleeves!)
For more roast cauliflower recipes check out these fabulous vegan recipes from my fellow food bloggers.
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