Roasted Cauliflower Salad

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad
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Prep Time 15min Cook Time 20min

Roasting brings out the incredible sweetness of the vegetables in this dish. Feel free to swap in some broccoli, as I did here, though if you use all broccoli, you'll miss the velvety, luxurious tenderness of the cauliflower. Something crunchy is a nice addition: butter-fried bread crumbs or toasted pine nuts. But it's also lovely without.

What you'll need

  • 2 1/2 pounds cauliflower, or a mix of cauliflower and broccoli, to yield 2 pounds of trimmed stems and florets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)
  • Juice and finely grated zest of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 1 anchovy or 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed through a garlic press
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper

How to make it

  1. Heat the oven to 450°F.

  2. Trim the vegetables, slicing off any tough ends, peeling the stems a bit, and slicing the stems and heads into bite-sized pieces and florets.

  3. On a large, rimmed baking sheet, drizzle the veggies with the olive oil, sprinkle with one teaspoon of salt, and toss to coat. Roast for 15 minutes, then shake the pan and/or flip over the vegetables with a spatula, and roast another 5 or so minutes, until the vegetables are browning in spots and tender.

  4. Meanwhile, for the dressing, stir together the lemon juice and zest, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the capers, anchovy, and garlic. Use a fork to mash up the anchovy as you combine the mixture, then dip a piece of cauliflower in to taste: it should be salty and lemony.

  5. Fold the veggies into the dressing, add the parsley and a grinding of black pepper, then taste and adjust the seasonings again. Serve warm or at room temperature or, less ideally, cold.

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