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Warm Curry Cauliflower Salad with Avocado-Cilantro-Lime Dressing

January 23, 2017

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It’s not every day that we rave about a salad; however, this warm curry creation is worth trying. It’s extremely easy to make, so no time wasted. Marinating overnight, does a lot of the work for you.

Warm Curry Cauliflower Salad

Give it a try; you won’t be disappointed. Add some warm bread and/or rolls, a chilled glass of wine and enjoy with whomever you share this salad. One evening, along with this warm salad, and chilled wine, we had hummus and a new kind of sourdough flat cracker (11 calories each). We were satisfied and happy. Oh, and Happy New Year everybody!

Ingredients

1 large cauliflower head, washed, dried, chopped into bite size pieces

1 fresh lime, juiced

Zest of 1 lime

10 fresh garlic cloves, sliced

1 cup cilantro, finely chopped

1 teaspoon curry (more if you want spicier)

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper

Pinch chili flakes

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

2 avocados, diced

2 stalks scallions, chopped up to half the white section. Save some for garnish

The ingredients

Just the right herbs and spices, not many, and amazingly?. You have a tasty warm salad to start your meal, or fine alone for lunch or low calorie dinner. Warm crunchy bread or rolls dipped in extra virgin olive oil, a chilled white wine and you’re all set. 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Get all your chopping, squeezing, cutting, slicing done, except for the avocados. Cut them the next day, just before serving the warm salad.

‍Chopped cilantro, scallions, and garlic
Chopping cilantro, scallions, and slicing garlic on same board and at same time. 

3. In a large mixing bowl, add cauliflower, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili flakes, salt and pepper and 1 chopped scallion. Mix to combine, cover and let it marinate overnight.

Marinate overnight
Getting ready to cover the cauliflower with marinade overnight. 

4. Transfer cauliflower into a very lightly oiled (extra virgin olive oil) baking dish, (or no oil at all) using a slotted spoon. Keep as much of the marinade in the bowl (the garlic and cilantro, etc.) as you can.

Transfer into a baking dish
‍Cauliflower, having marinated overnight, has been transferred into a baking dish. Naturally, some of the herbs and spices are sticking, but most remain in the bowl.
Into the oven
Cauliflower is going into oven (first without the cheese) to bake for 15 minutes.

5. Bake the cauliflower for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Add the grated cheddar cheese stir with cauliflower and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Remove, add cheese and return to oven
After baking for 15 minutes, baking dish removed, grated cheddar cheese added and stirred a bit; dish goes back into oven until cheese melts.

6. While cauliflower is baking, check the bowl and taste any marinade that’s left, to determine if you want to add something more. Consider adding a little more fresh lime juice or more curry, pepper, or chili flakes, etc.

7. When cheese has melted, remove baking dish.

Set aside and prepare dressing
Here’s what the cauliflower looks like after the cheese has melted. Set aside while you finalize the dressing.

8. Now, to the bowl with dressing, add a little more well chopped cilantro. Cut into cubes the two ripe avocados and add to bowl. Stir the dressing well, so that all ingredients are well combined.

9. To the baking dish with warm cauliflower, scrape all of the dressing out of the bowl and over the cauliflower. Toss everything together. Garnish with extra chopped scallion. Serve warm immediately.

Ready to toss and serve
Cheese melted, baking dish out of oven. Here the dressing with added avocados, has been added to the warm cauliflower. Next, the salad will be tossed and served. 
Fills the room with a soft yet spicy scent
Tossed, ready to serve; filling the room with a soft yet spicy scent. 
Salad for two
Salad for two. By now, we really love it. This is the fourth time this week, we’ve had this particular warm salad. Each time a slight tweak, and each time it got better and better. The trick seemed to be to get the right balance of lime juice and curry.
‍Warm, healthy and delicious
Warm, healthy and delicious!
Perfect with chilled wine
This was the perfect chilled wine, that we sipped with our warm cauliflower salad.

Let us know if you tried it.

From Our Table to Yours!

Bon Appetit!

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