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Post Thanksgiving Lighter Cooking

Posted By brosbottom On November 30, 2016 @ 5:09 pm In Food News | No Comments

Late Fall Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Grapes, and Red Onions

Curry Vinaigrette
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp olive oil plus extra if needed

2 cups cauliflower florets
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
!/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
4 cups arugula or mache
1/3 cup toasted and coarsely chopped walnuts
4 oz piece Pecorino Romano or sharp white cheddar, shaved

1. For the curry vinaigrette, in a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, curry powder, maple syrup, mustard, salt, and olive oil until well blended. If dressing seems too thick, whisk in 1 to 2 teaspoons extra oil. (Dressing can be prepared 2 hours ahead; leave covered at room temperature and whisk well before using.)

2. For the salad, arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the cauliflower florets on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Season the florets with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until lightly browned and tender, 15 minutes or longer. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes. (Florets can be roasted 2 hours ahead; cover and leave at room temperature.)

3. To assemble salad, place the florets, onion, and grapes in a salad bowl and toss to coat well with the dressing. Add the arugula or mache and toss again to coat the leaves lightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mound the salad on four salad plates and garnish each serving with a sprinkle of walnuts and shaved cheese. Serves 4.

Note: To toast walnuts, spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and place in a preheated 350° F oven until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Watch carefully so nuts do not burn. Remove and cool.

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