Tender sesame roasted cauliflower and fennel come together with winter greens in a hearty seasonal salad.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean salads aren’t in order. On the contrary, now is actually a great time to enjoy salads featuring hearty greens and winter vegetables that are brimming with all the good-for-you things you’re trying to load up on after the holidays.
But even putting New Year’s resolutions aside, we could all use a little more produce in our diets this time of year. Let’s face it, eating comfort food (and cookies) for the past month has a way of catching up to us. So when I’m feeling tired, sluggish and generally off, I know it’s time to re-boot with some vegetable-filled meals and hearty salads like this sesame roasted cauliflower and fennel salad.
This is the kind of salad I crave in the winter, one that’s filled with winter greens and warm roasted vegetables. The nutty sweetness of the roasted cauliflower and fennel plays so nicely off the slightly bitter greens.
Both the cauliflower and fennel are drizzled with fragrant toasted sesame seed oil before being popped in the oven. A sprinkle of fennel and sesame seeds adds an extra layer of flavor. Roasting the cauliflower and fennel brings out their inherent sweetness and gives them a nice caramelized flavor that is irresistible. (I’d happily eat them all warm off the pan if given the chance.)
While the vegetables do their thing in the oven, you give the greens (I like a mix of kale, chard or collards but any winter greens will do) a good massage to loosen them up and whisk up the dressing. Once the vegetables are out the oven you simply toss the greens with the dressing and top them with the warm vegetables.
And there you have it, a warm and hearty winter salad to get you back on track.
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