Tonight with dinner I tried out a recipe for Warm Cauliflower and Bacon Salad sent to me from the folks at Victoria Amory. They had sent an email and I requested a sample (disclosure – they sent me a sample) of the sauce because the recipe sounded so good to me. I was right – it really is a good salad and something different. We had air-fried fish tonight and this was perfect with it. Plus the Almond & Garlic Romesco Sauce was really good as a dipping sauce for the fish.
The Victoria Amory Romesco Sauce was packed full of flavor. A little will go quite a long way but it does not overpower the other flavors. There was a depth of flavor to the Romesco sauce as well – like something that had been carefully prepared in the old fashioned way. I cannot wait to try this on some other dishes. On VictoriaAmory.com there are a lot of other sauces and items too – I think I will be trying out more of those as well!
I’m sharing the original recipe as I received it, but I opted to just make about a half-recipe of it since it was just Hubby and I. You can tweak as you see fit of course for your family.
Warm Cauliflower & Bacon Salad
Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
- 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets ((I used a very small head for just 2 people))
- 1/2lb bacon, diced ((in my batch I just used about 3 slices of bacon and it was plenty))
- 2 tablespoons olive oil ((about 1/2 that for my version))
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar ((if you don't have sherry vinegar you could use another vinegar - I used red wine vinegar and it was very good))
- 3 pieces country white or whole wheat bread, torn into pieces ((for my half-recipe I used 2, but 1 large slice would have been plenty))
- 2 cloves garlic, minced ((I used one very large clove - but I love garlic))
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ((just a light drizzle over the bread is all you need))
- 8oz garbanzo beans, canned, rinsed ((about 4 ounces for the half recipe, save the rest in the fridge for another use))
- 1/4lb baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried ((I used one regular handful))
- 1 cup Victoria Amory Almond & Garlic Romesco Sauce, to serve ((this is just on the side so just use as needed))
|Preheat oven to 400° F. In a bowl, toss together the cauliflower, bacon, olive oil, and vinegar. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. (Robyn's note - I just tossed it all together on the sheet pan and skipped the bowl to save on dishes) Toss the bread with the garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Add to the cauliflower mixtures on the cookie sheet. Roast for an additional 10 minutes or until the bread is toasted and the cauliflower is golden. Mix the cauliflower combination with the chickpeas and spinach leaves. Add a drizzle of olive oil if needed. Serve warm with the Almond & Garlic Romesco sauce on the side. |
Does this salad appeal to you? What about the Romesco sauce?