June 10, 2012

Curried Cauliflower, Apple & Brussels Sprout Salad with Naan Croutons


Good morning and hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather! On a hot, sunny day like today, all I want to eat is smoothies, popsicles, and fresh salads.  While I don't have any new smoothie or popsicle recipes for you today, I can share this salad that I made recently with cauliflower, apples and brussels sprouts!

I've had this salad on my mind for a long time, ever since I made a version of it about a year ago from a recipe that I found online.  I've tried searching for it again many times since then, but no matter how many different search terms I use, I can't seem to find it anywhere!  So finally I took matters into my own hands and came up with my own version.

The star of this salad is the curried cauliflower, which I roasted in the oven with some Indian spices to give it lots of flavour and a deep yellow colour.  The warm, softened cauliflower is then tossed with some crisp apple slices and shredded raw brussels sprouts.  I also added some sultana raisins because I love the way raisins complement Indian-inspired dishes.

Finally, the salad is topped with a handful of naan "croutons", which I made by toasting storebought naan bread in the oven and breaking it into bite-sized pieces. I'm not a fan of super crunchy croutons, so I kept my naan a bit on the softer side, which worked perfectly in my salad.

You can toss this salad with any dressing that you like. I decided to pair mine with this recipe for Hummus Salad Dressing from the blog Healthful Pursuit.  The dressing is made with standard hummus ingredients like tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and spices, and it gets really thick and creamy from the addition of chickpea flour. If you don't have chickpea flour, or if you prefer a thinner salad dressing, I think the dressing from this Apple and Brussels Sprout Salad from Bran Appetit would work really well here too!

Overall, I loved the mix of textures in this dish and it definitely had a lot of flavour from the curried cauliflower and the tangy, spicy hummus dressing. I liked eating this salad warm, but you can eat it at room temperature or chilled if you prefer. You can also change it up by using romaine lettuce or mixed greens instead of the brussels sprouts. The recipe is flexible, so enjoy it however you like!




Curried Cauliflower, Apple & Brussels Sprout Salad with Naan Croutons
*Note: storebought naan bread can be non-vegan friendly, so check ingredients or use a homemade version or other type of flatbread for a completely vegan recipe

Half a head cauliflower, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
dash of salt
~12 oz Brussels sprouts
1 piece of naan bread (storebought or homemade)
1 apple
2-3 tbsp sultana raisins

Spicy Hummus Salad Dressing
Recipe available at Healthful Pursuit
- I made 1/4 of the recipe, which was enough for my two servings of salad
- the only change I made was to add 1 tsp of sriracha chili sauce for a spicier version
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Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss the cauliflower pieces with the olive oil, curry powder, turmeric and salt and place in a baking dish. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until tender and browned. When it is done, remove from oven and let cool slightly. Keep the oven turned on.

Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by adding all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Keep in the fridge until you are ready to make the salad.

Prepare the brussels sprouts by cutting off the bottoms and removing the outer leaves. Cut each one in half, then slice each half into thin slices or shreds.  Transfer to a large bowl.

Place the naan bread on a baking sheet. Spray with a bit of cooking spray and place in the preheated oven for about 7 minutes, until it is toasted.

Cut the apple into thin slices and add to the bowl with the brussels sprouts. Add the raisins and cauliflower to the bowl.  Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine (use as much dressing as you like to coat everything).

When the naan is toasted, slice into bite-sized pieces and add the pieces to the salad.


Serve warm, or at room temperature.

Makes 2 large servings.

12 comments:

  1. i always think to add roasted cauliflower to my salads, but very rarely do because i'm inpatient and don't feel like waiting for the oven to preheat. this salad looks SO GOOD, though. i *will* be patient this week and make myself a salad with roasted cauliflower!

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    1. I know what you mean! This definitely isn't a salad that you can put together quickly because it has a longer cooking time! I prepared everything one day and then assembled it again for dinner the next night so at least it only required one night of cooking!

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  2. this is such a fun salad.. its almost an indian meal all put together as a salad! awesomeness.. cauli is my weakness and naan croutons.. bring them on!

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    1. Thanks! I'm really liking cauliflower lately too...I'll probably be roasting it more often now, even though its summer!

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  3. Naan croutons!? What a great idea! :) Love roasted cauliflower too. Looks like a fantastic salad. Yum!!!! So creative.

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    1. Thanks so much :)
      I thought of adding some spices to the naan pieces too, but I decided that the cauliflower had enough spice on it that the plain naan was a better choice!

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  4. I LOVE this salad and I agree with you 100% on the raisin's - I can almost taste each component of the salad! Heidi from food doodles has the most amazing 5 minute whole wheat naan bread recipe that is easily veganized - I made it last week and it was incredible....I am seeing this salad with that naan in a very near future!

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    1. Thanks, I'm so glad you love the sounds of it too! I've had Heidi's naan recipe bookmarked but I haven't tried it out yet...even though I know homemade naan is so much better, I'm usually too tempted by the premade kind from the grocery store! But with your recommendation, I'll have to go the homemade route next time!

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  5. Ooh, this looks so good--I love the combination of Brussels sprouts and apples. And naan croutons! I'm totally stealing this idea next time I make salad. :D

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    1. Thanks, I think they make a good combination too, and the shredded brussels sprouts make this salad a bit different than using just lettuce. And you're welcome to take the naan croutons and make them even better - maybe to top another soup!

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  6. Oooh, this sounds so good! I love love love roasting cauliflower with warm Indian spices, and pairing it with apple is just genius. :D

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    1. Thanks Willow! I love how the spices gave the cauliflower a nice rich colour too. I've paired broccoli with apple many times, so cauliflower seemed like a good idea too!

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