Take the beloved roasted cauliflower to a whole new level with this Roasted Cauliflower Bread Salad.
Anyone else remember when the only time you saw cauliflower was on a veggie tray. I never knew anyone that actually cooked cauliflower – or if they did, it was usually some boil-in-a-bag or microwaved pouch with cauliflower and cheese sauce. Now, thanks to the internet, food bloggers, and cooking channels – cauliflower has come into it’s own. The first time I really discovered the wonder of cauliflower was the first time I roasted it. I thought that I would never make cauliflower any other way again. Then I made: Thyme-Rubbed Salmon with Cauliflower “Risotto”, Roasted Cauliflower, Sage, and Almond Risotto, and even Pickled Cauliflower.
Since cauliflower has turned out to be so versatile and so tasty, I am always looking for new ways to try it. So, when I saw Roasted Cauliflower and Bread Salad in Sweet Paul’s Magazine (which I love, by the way), I knew it would be next on my list. It was everything I hoped it would be. The cauliflower turns all nutty and toasty, perfectly complimenting the toasted bread. The olives add an earthiness and the goat cheese adds it’s tangy creaminess. Fresh parsley brightens it all at the end.
I made a few changes to the recipe because I was also roasting some chicken leg quarters. I wanted them to roast at 450. The original recipe (can be seen in the link above) called for roasting the bread and cauliflower together. Since I was using a higher heat, I started the cauliflower first and then added the bread during the last five minutes.
- 1 yellow or white cauliflower head, in pieces
- ½ loaf bread, torn into pieces
- 2 bay leaves
- glug of olive oil
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 small bunch fresh
- parsley, washed and torn into pieces
- 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
- 1½ cups good olives
- sherry vinegar
- Preheat oven to 450.
- Place the cauliflower and bay leaf on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes. Pull pan from oven.
- Toss the bread with some olive oil and season it with salt and pepper and add to the cauliflower. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes or until bread is toasted.
- Either place in a bowl and add the parsley, cheese, and olives or just add them to the sheet pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sherry vinegar.
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