For this week I pulled out the 4 pack of Smokin' Bangers. I was to serve them as sausages in a bun with all the toppings to add. As that was simple, I wanted something out of the ordinary to serve on the side other than fries. I had a cauliflower in the fridge that needed using, so was looking up ideas for side dishes with it. Then out of the blue, I had a thought. I wondered if they ever made salads out of roasted cauliflower. Where this idea came from I don't know, but as I searched the web, I discovered the answer was a resounding yes. There were lots and lots of ideas out there.
After glancing at the basics for a few, I decided to wing it with whatever I had. I knew I wanted the salad to have a few pops of color, so added the red pepper, green onion and some chopped baby spinach. The red pepper I roasted with the cauliflower, the rest I added raw. Another great color you could add would be some diced carrot. I would roast it as well.
Last but not least, I was trying to avoid too much cheese (doctor's orders) so sprinkled the roasting veggies with nutritional yeast as a substitute before I baked them. Want the real thing? You can add some shredded fresh parmesan to the salad just before tossing if you like. Or leave them both off.
Then for the top I wanted to sprinkle on some chopped pistachios I needed to use up. BUT I totally forgot in the last minute prep so it got missed. The pic above would look so much nicer with sprinkled on top. Another cool idea I saw was to add some fresh pomegranate seeds on top for an additional pop of color and a unique flavor blast.
I've included lots of ideas here to make this salad your own. And you can see even more in a web search if you're curious. Enjoy!= = = =
Warm Roasted Cauliflower Salad