Roasted Cauliflower & Snow Pea Shoots over Rainbow Quinoa

My Chef has asked me to come up with the new seasonal salad on the à-la-carte menu. Since our recent change to doing a 7-course tasting menu, we haven’t been selling a lot of salads because the seasonal salad used to be on the 5-course tasting menu. We used to offer a 5-course and 10-course tasting.

Keeping food cost in mind, I came up with a salad with what common ingredients we use in house. The salad in the restaurant is a little different from this one because I don’t have the ingredients/kitchen equipment at home but it’s pretty much the same. Instead of sautéed snow pea shoots, the restaurant’s version is mâche (lambs lettuce/corn salad) dressed in a smokey sherry vinaigrette. If I could, I would, but I don’t have the equipment to smoke oil in my apartment.

Serves 2.

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[100% organic, except for snow pea shoots & paprika]

For the Cauliflower

  • ½ head cauliflower, stem and leaves removed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Remove florets to cauliflower and cut the big florets in half. Toss in olive oil and salt, and bake for 20-30 minutes in a preheated oven at 350°F, until some caramelization occurs.

Remove from oven and set aside.

For the Quinoa

  • ½ cup rainbow quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • Salt, to taste

Bring the quinoa and stock to a boil in a pot, reduce heat, cover with lid, and simmer until the germ has spiraled out from each grain, about 15-20 minutes. Season with salt to taste then set aside, keep warm, with the lid on.

For the Finish

  • Pine nuts, toasted
  • Snow pea shoots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Hot Pimentón (paprika), for dusting

In a pan, sweat garlic with olive oil for 1 minute. Turn heat up and quickly sauté snow pea shoots, season with salt and set aside, drained on a paper towel.

TO ASSEMBLE

In a pan, quickly reheat and sear roasted cauliflower then place in a large bowl with quinoa and pine nuts. Toss with olive oil and arrange on a plate. Place snow pea shoots on top and dust with a little hot Spanish Pimentón.

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