Roasted Cauliflower, Apple & Feta Salad
It's my birthday this week, and for that reason I am posting 2 more recipes on the blog. One was yesterday and it was all about my new love - sourdough bread. Today, I want to share with you one of my favourite salads lately featuring roasted cauliflower.
I have always loved cauliflower, but just recently I found that I can make so much more with it than just boiling it and serving with mashed potatoes. All of you have probably heard about the cauliflower pizza base that was so popular last year. I have never jumped on that bandwagon, I want my pizza to be as authentic as possible, but I have found some other ways of incorporating cauliflower into my meals. Two weeks ago I have posted this cauliflower and leek soup, and today, I am coming to you with a salad. These two are a completely new ways of serving cauliflower for me, but they are delicious, and if you haven't tried it yet, please have a go at it!
This salad is very fresh, but not in a summery way. With the cooked apples and roasted cauliflower, it tastes like fall, BBQ and gran's apple cake together. A bit weird combination and description, but this is what comes to my mind while eating it, and it's definitely a good experience.
Ingredients (2 people):
- 1 small cauliflower head
- 1 cooking apple
- 3-4 cups spinach
- 1/4 cup feta
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F.
Wash the cauliflower, cut into small florets and dry. Spread the florets into a single layer on a roasting tin, drizzle some olive oil, and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Alternatively, you can cook the florets in a cast iron skillet, until golden and charred a bit.
In the meantime, peel the apple and cut into wedges. Squeeze a lemon into a bowl and place the apple wedges inside, coating evenly.
In a small saucepan, over low-medium heat, cook the apples with lemon juice and about 1 tbsp of sugar until they get just soft, not mushy, they need to keep the shape. When done, take off the heat.
Arrange spinach on the place, cover with roasted cauliflower and then add apples. Pour the apple sauce over the salad, sprinkle with feta chunks and season with pepper if you want. You can also add some lemon zest for more depth.