A warm winter salad of roasted cauliflower and carrots with a bright citrus dressing.
Even in the dead of winter I often find myself craving a good salad — a warm winter salad filled with tender roasted vegetables bathed in a bright, vibrant dressing to brighten the whole thing up.
Since I know I can always count on finding cauliflower and carrots at the market and citrus fruit are just starting to hit their peak, I’ve been throwing together this hearty little number quite often recently. It’s a mellow mix of roasted cauliflower and carrots tossed with a miso citrus vinaigrette and finished with sweet chunks of dates and a generous amount of parsley.
With just a little bit of prep you end up with an easy and wonderfully sweet and savory salad that I’d be happy to eat any day of the year really.
It starts with a head of cauliflower and a couple carrots shaved thinly then coated in olive oil before heading to a hot oven to get all golden and toothsome. While that’s roasting you whisk up a quick vinaigrette made with fresh squeezed orange juice and a spoonful of miso for a savory depth of flavor. Chop up a few dates and a small bunch of parsley and you’re all set.
When the cauliflower and carrots come out the oven you’ll toss them quickly with the rest and serve it up warm. The citrus brightens the vegetables, the olive oil makes them taste richer and the miso adds a special salty undertone that just ties everything together so beautifully.
It’s a substantial combination that just might become your new favorite winter salad as well.
What are your favorite salads to eat in winter?