Roast cauliflower salad
– Hein van Tonder
After a visit to Beirut in Lebanon, Hein became besotted with the flavours of the Middle East, which he now tries to incorporate into his everyday meals.
SERVES 4 Preparation time: 15 min Cooking time: 35 min
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
then thickly sliced 2 whole garlic cloves, skin on 15 ml (1 T) Baharat spice mix (recipe far right) 2 ml (½ t) dried chilli flakes olive oil 80 g fresh or frozen peas 80 g green beans 150 g chicken bacon, cut into small pieces
75 ml (5 T) olive oil 30 ml (2 T) lemon juice handful of chopped fresh parsley ½ small onion, peeled salt and pepper
100 g baby spinach, washed well and dried 1 small red onion, cut into thin rings 100 g feta cheese, cubed
Preheat the oven to 200 °C. 1 Salad Arrange the cauliflower slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Add the garlic. 2 Sprinkle over the Baharat spice mix and the chilli flakes and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for about 30 minutes or until crisp. Remove from the oven. 3 Steam the peas and beans until just cooked but still crunchy or boil for 2 minutes. Refresh in ice water and drain. 4 Fry the chicken bacon pieces until crisp and set aside.
5 Dressing Blend all the ingredients with a stick blender. Squeeze the garlic pulp out of the skins and add. Blitz until smooth. Add more olive oil or lemon juice as needed. 6 To assemble Arrange the spinach on a salad platter and add the cauliflower, red onion rings, peas and beans. Sprinkle over the feta cheese and chicken bacon pieces and drizzle over the dressing.
BAHARAT SPICE MIX
MAKES 125 ML (½ C)
30 ml (2 T) ground black pepper 30 ml (2 T) paprika 30 ml (2 T) ground cumin 22 ml (1½ T) dried mint 15 ml (1 T) ground coriander seeds 15 ml (1 T) mixed spice 5 ml (1 t) ground cinnamon 5 ml (1 t) dried chilli flakes (optional) 2 ml (½ t) ground cardamom
Mix all the ingredients and store in a bottle that seals well.
The cauliflower, which cooks quickly in the oven, is very trendy at the moment. Hein transforms it by seasoning it with a Middle Eastern spice mix, although you can use any other spice mix you fancy. The salad uses lots of lovely fresh vegetables. The chicken bacon contains little fat and the dressing uses fresh herbs and little oil, making it a healthy dish. This delicious, fragrant salad elevates cauliflower far beyond the standard white sauce-covered side dish.