Sunday, December 14, 2008

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate and Pistachios and Roasted Cauliflower

I think that any vegetable tastes incredible if you roast it in the oven. The case is true with Cauliflower. This is a simple way to cook it, but it really has so much more flavor and a little crunch. Plus, it looks so tasty.
This fruit salad was inspired by something I saw at Citrus fruits are in abundance in wintertime and so are pomegranates. The flavors go surprisely well together and the pistachios add a nice crunch. All the colors are pretty together too. If you need a delicious side, look no further!

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate and Pistachios by Mary Ann
1 orange, sliced
1/2 grapefruit, sectioned
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds *Tip for removing pomegranate seeds
a handful of shelled pistachios, chopped
Slice your orange and remove the bite size pieces from the rind. Place them in a bowl, along with the grapefruit sections. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds and pistachios over the top. Squeeze the ends of the orange over the salad, to sweeten with a little orange juice.
* Tip- to remove pomegranate seeds, cut the pomegranate in quarters. Fill a large bowl with water. Submerge 1 quarter of the pomegranate and push out the seeds. Repeat with other pomegranate quarters. Strain seeds through a sieve.
Roasted Cauliflower by Mary Ann
1-2 heads of cauliflower, depending on size
1-2 Tbls olive oil
salt and pepper- I like to use my Garlic Sea Salt Grinder
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Remove the stem from the cauliflower and slice cauliflower florets as thinly as you want. Scatter the cauliflower onto the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the evenly coat with oil and seasonings. Roast for 15 minutes and then, toss the cauliflower. Up the temperature to 450 degrees F and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes, until cauliflower is browned and tender.
Coming on Monday- Quinoa Pie with Butternut Squash- You don't want to miss this one, it is as beautiful as it is delicious!


The Hopper Fam said...

you are amazing mary made cauliflower look tantalizing!

Cathy said...

Wow -- that looks delicious! I think that pomegranate is such a nice, festive addition to anything this time of year!

Steph said...

Mary ann, your dishes always look so nice and fresh!

Jeena said...

Lovely and healthy. :-)