And what exactly is the Cinderella vegetable? I am sure you’ve already guessed it. That’s right: cauliflower. You know it’s true. Pudgy, pale, uninteresting, that’s poor old cauliflower. Doesn’t even have pretty green leaves. Fit for the scullery unless it’s dressed up with a blanket of cheese on special occasions or when needing to fool small children (as if that was possible).
But like Cinderella, cauliflower has a hidden beauty that can emerge under the right circumstances. I have come to love it done several ways. One of the best things about cauliflower is that it is the only large white food that is low carb and lo-cal. So if bread, pizza crust, rice, pasta spell carb alert for you! Cauliflower might be your date for dinner. Cauliflower just needs the right outfit to go to the ball, um, dinner table in an almost carb-free veggie dish. So today, I’m playing fairy cookmother with one of my favorite recipes, because in fairy tales (and life) surprises make the world go round.
This one makes a lovely salad on a hot summer day or even a not-so-hot day. You just need to find a way to roast the florets at 350 for a half hour to forty minutes (you can do it early when the kitchen is still cool)
Slightly Exotic Roasted Cauliflower Salad
A head of cauliflower, cut into florets
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 or 3 sprigs of fresh thyme (or ¼ tsp dried)
1 teaspoon sea salt and ¼ tsp of fresh ground pepper (or to taste)
1 tablespoon white wine or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grainy Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey (you can leave this out if you want, but it adds a nice taste)
fresh chives, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
In a large bowl, toss cauliflower with 1 tablespoon of oil, thyme and half of the salt. Spread the mixture on large a baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cauliflower is lightly browned.
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, honey, the rest of the salt and the oil. Pour the dressing over cauliflower and toss gently. Sprinkle with chives and serve at room temperature.
Speaking of surprises, try The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder, the fifth Charlotte Adams mystery in which Charlotte once again encounters an unexpected crime and a wide cast of possible villains. Can you figure out whodunnit before Charlotte does?