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Ottolenghi’s Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Salad

Yotam Ottolenghi

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi from Jerusalem

Warm roasted cauliflower is tossed with toasted hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds and a light maple dressing in this elevated winter salad from Ottolenghi.

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Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Introduction

Cauliflower, raw or lightly cooked, is a useful salad ingredient, above all in winter when there isn’t a great variety of fresh vegetables available. It soaks up flavours particularly effectively and benefits from anything sweet and sharp. This salad, which will go well with the Chicken sofrito (see page 190 of Jerusalem) or with Grilled fish skewers with hawayej and parsley (see page 226 of Jerusalem) is inspired by a recipe from a brilliant Australian chef and food writer, Karen Martini.

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Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, broken into small florets (660g in total)
5 tbsp olive oil
1 large stick of celery, cut on an angle into 0.5cm slices (70g) in total
30g hazelnuts, with skins
10g small flat-lea parsley leaves, picked
50g pomegranate seeds (from about ½ a medium pomegranate)
⅓ tsp ground cinnamon
⅓ tsp ground allspice
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1½tsp maple syrup
salt and black pepper

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Method

Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/Gas Mark 7.

Mix the cauliflower with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, ½ a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Spread out in a roasting tin and roast on the top oven shelf for 25–35 minutes, until the cauliflower is crisp and parts of it have turned golden brown. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool down.

Reduce the oven temperature to 170°C/150°C Fan/Gas Mark 3½. Spread the hazelnuts out on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and roast for 17 minutes.

Allow the nuts to cool a little, then roughly chop them and add to the cauliflower, along with the remaining oil and the rest of the ingredients. Stir, taste and season with salt and pepper accordingly. Serve at room temperature.

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