Cauliflower Salad with Apricots and Hazelnuts
Cauliflower's delicate flavor makes it an ideal canvas for a springtime salad—as long as you treat it right.
Why This Recipe Works
Cauliflower's delicate flavor makes it an ideal canvas for a vibrant, fresh salad. We started by roasting florets from one head of cauliflower until caramelized. Instead of discarding the core, we blitzed it in the food processor and added it to the salad for a contrasting grain-like texture. A quick lemon vinaigrette and lots of chopped parsley and mint made this salad bright. To play up the cauliflower's natural sweetness, we stirred in a sweet and savory mix of minced shallot and chopped apricots. Smoked paprika added complex, earthy flavor, and toasted hazelnuts provided a light crunch.