This nutritious, cauliflower, broccoli and lemon salad is the perfect accompaniment to meat, especially lamb or fish. The lemon dressing helps to cut through and freshen up the fat in the lamb. It also compliments fish. I love this because it is very simple to make, can be pre-prepared for dinner and it’s great for entertaining a large group too.
What’s so healthy about this easy to prepare salad? Well, the phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables are potent antioxidants and are known to prevent various types of cancer, as well as playing a role in the prevention of heart disease. They are also very nutritious, containing a multitude of vitamins and minerals. Almonds contribute health promoting minerals, protein, and good fats. The zest and lemon juice will support a healthy immune system. Another simple ‘super’ food recipe to compliment your meal.
The dressing, almonds, and feta are often enough to convert fussy children too. It takes boring old vegetables to another level!
Serves 4 -6
Half a head of a large cauliflower washed and cut into small florets
Half a head of a large broccoli washed and cut into small florets
1 large or 2 small red onions, peeled, halved and sliced
½ cup slivered or flaked almonds, toasted
100 grams (approx) of soft feta cheese (Persian or danish is best) if this is not available then use the best possible quality feta available
Juice and zest of the whole lemon
¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard (this makes it creamy, not spicy)
(any extra dressing pop in the fridge for another salad)
Mint leaves are lovely with lamb especially
Parsley leaves, for a green iron boost
You can replace the feta with goats feta or goat curd
Omit the feta.
Replace the almonds with pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
Dislike cauliflower or broccoli
Firstly try it this way, the flavour combination is sensational. Otherwise, just leave out or replace with green beans, peas or snow peas.
Replace with spring onion or just leave out.
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