Tuesday, March 16, 2010

warm roasted cauliflower salad

Spring is here.... but there is still a chill in the air. Therefore, there is still time for roasting!! Roasting may be one of my favorite cooking methods... the ease, the scents, the brown bits! For some reason I wanted cauliflower. And I always want capers. So... I made this "warm salad," which is a weird term, but describes this dish as best as I can come up with.

Warm Roasted Cauliflower Salad

-1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
-olive oil
-Salt & pepper
-1/2 medium red onion, chopped fine
-a nice fistful of capers (about 1/3 - 1/2 cup)
-small handful of pine nuts (about 1/4 cup)
-juice from 1 lemon

-Toss the cauliflower with about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a pre-heated 375ºF oven for about 30-40 minutes, stirring a couple times throughout, until there are some nice golden-brown spots and the florets are soft but not mushy.
-While cauliflower is still hot, toss in the onion, capers pine nuts and lemon juice. Add More olive oil, salt and pepper to taste (I added about 1 more Tablespoon of olive oil). Serve warm.


FoodTherapy4Me said...

LOVE roasted cauliflower! For a holiday side dish, I used salt packed capers. Never, have I ever seen these before, but I picked up a bottle of the big dried organic mountain capers from the local health food store. The salty tang of the capers roasted with the cauliflower...awesome!

Kalyn Denny said...

I love roasted cauliflower, and this sounds fantastic!

Cara said...

I always love cauliflower, and I especially love the use of capers and pine nuts here :)

Bethany said...

mmmm, just had my first warm cauliflower salad at Babette's Cafe in Atlanta. It.Is.Delicious! Chef Marla actually adds a walnut vinaigrette and bacon, which is the perfect blend of sweet and salty!