With an abundance of creative cauliflower recipes filling blogs, cook books and food menus, cauliflower is incredibly versatile. Such creative cauliflower recipes include cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza bases and cauliflower toast!
The humble cauliflower also has a wonderful and rather surprising nutritional profile. For example, did you know that raw cauliflower has a vitamin C content similar to that found in oranges? Yes, it’s true!
Cauliflower can also be cooked by many methods and works with an array of flavours. My favourite way of cooking cauliflower is roasting. I love the slight crispiness it creates and the fact it can then be added to create a variety of cauliflower recipes. Below you will find a cauliflower recipe for roasted cauliflower salad with currants, as well as other recipe ideas to further inspire you.
Roasted cauliflower salad with currants
With fragrant dill and zesty lemon flavours, this recipe contains few ingredients but is surprisingly tasty.
Serves 3-4 (appetite dependent of course!)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
cauliflower head, chopped into florets
3/4 cup basmati rice* (approximately 2 cups cooked)
1.5 teaspoons good quality balsamic vinegar
pinch of chilli flakes
salt and pepper
2 handfuls of rocket (or other leafy greens that have a nice bitterness to them)
2 tablespoons currants
1/2 bunch dill, fronds chopped
100 g of feta (1/2 block), crumbled
zest of 1/2 lemon
*I prefer the basmatic rice variety as it has a lower Glycemic Index (GI). This means that the rise in blood glucose levels is lower than a food with a higher GI
Preheat oven to 180°C (fan-forced)
Add cauliflower florets to large baking tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Turn to coat
Bake cauliflower until cooked and slightly golden on underside, turning over half way through. (The cooking time depends on size of florets, however you can use 10 minutes each side as a guide)
Remove cauliflower from oven once cooked. Allow to cool in fridge
While cauliflower is roasting, cook rice as per instructions
Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chilli flakes to the cooked rice whilst hot
Stir rice so that evenly coated and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool in fridge also
Add to large mixing bowl the cooled rice and cauliflower, and remaining ingredients of rocket, currant, chopped dill, crumbled feta and lemon zest
Mix well and season to taste
To save time, you can do some steps in advance. For example, if you cook extra rice for a meal the day before, you can put some aside for this recipe, and complete above steps 2 to 4 in advance. The rice is then ready to go for when you are! Similarly, you can roast the cauliflower in advance.
Other cauliflower recipes and ideas
If you fancy a nutritious pasta salad, this recipe for Romanesco broccoli pasta salad with work well with roasted cauliflower florets. Some other recipe ideas include:
Clockwise (starting top left): Pickled purple cauliflower; Cauliflower with quinoa, olives and currants; Yotam Ottolenghi recipe: celeriac puree with spiced cauliflower and quail’s egg; Roasted cauliflower blueberries, pecans and a maple pomegranate dressing