Thursday, September 16, 2010

M Café's Curried Cauliflower Salad

This in one of my two, favorite healthy salads I routinely buy at M Café from the LA Times Food Section. The other is their Kale Salad. Both store well in the fridge for up to five days. They’re both SOooo yummy and healthy for you!

Curried cashews
2 cups (1/2 pound) cashews
1 T maple syrup, preferably grade B
3/4 tsp. curry powder
Pinch salt

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the cashews on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes.
2. While the cashews are roasting, in a medium bowl, combine the maple syrup, curry powder and salt.
3. Toss the cashews with the spiced maple syrup, then spread again on the baking sheet.
4. Roast the cashews for 15 more minutes, tossing every 5 minutes, until toasted and aromatic. Remove from heat and cool well. This makes more cashews than are needed for the remainder of the recipe; the cashews can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

Curried Cauliflower


1/4 cup plus 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 T plus 3/4 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
Pinch dry mustard
2 T (1/2 ounce) fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
3 heads cauliflower (about 8 cups), trimmed and cut into small florets

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, curry powder, salt, cumin, coriander, mustard and ginger. Add the cauliflower florets and toss to combine and evenly coat.
3. Spread the florets in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast until golden-brown and aromatic, about 20 minutes, tossing every few minutes for even cooking. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Curried Cauliflower Salad

3 T agave syrup or honey
1 ½ tsp. lemon juice, fresh
1 ½ tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
8 cups (1 3/4 pounds) Curried cauliflower
1 cup (4 ounces) peas, fresh or previously frozen
2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup (1 ounce) dried apricot, diced
½ cup (2 ounces) curried cashews
½ cup (1/4 bunch) chopped fresh cilantro
¾ tsp. salt, or to taste

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the agave syrup, lemon juice and olive oil to form a finishing syrup. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss together the cauliflower, peas, bell pepper and apricot. Pour over half of the finishing syrup and toss to combine. Stir in the cashews, cilantro and salt. Taste, adding additional finishing syrup if desired and adjusting the seasoning as needed. Cover and refrigerate a couple of hours to give the flavors time to marry before serving. This makes about 8 cups salad.

Nutritional Content: Yields 10 servings. Calories: 179, Fat: 12 g (0 Sat), Protein: 17 g, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fiber: 4g, Sodium: 440mg