A few things I love: Simple recipes, Ilva’s recipes; Cauliflower, Walnuts and Parsley.
Are there some foods that you sometimes crave? When I first saw this recipe on Ilva’s blog, my body immediately craved cauliflower, walnuts, and parsley. After my first taste, I couldn’t get enough. So far, I’ve made this recipe three times — in one week — once for dinner and twice for lunch.
Ilva prepared her special salad with uncooked cauliflower. However, I wasn’t sure I’d like the uncooked version, so I steamed my cauliflower. The last time I made the salad, I didn’t have time to cook the cauliflower and ended up eating it uncooked. Well, well! Turns out that I liked it. I really liked the uncooked version, too.
Oh! I almost forgot the highlight of preparing the salad was making the herb salt. I was so excited about my herb salt. Yeah, I know. It takes so little to excite me. ;-) My herb salt smelled and tasted divine, it had me doing my happy dance. For the herbs, I used rosemary and thyme. Loved it! Just the thought of my herb salt brings the feelings of a happy dance stiring through my body. Thanks, Ilva!
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Cauliflower, Walnut and Parsley Salad or Insalata di Cavolfiore con Noci e Prezzemolo
A small cauliflower
Salt, preferably herb salt
Extra virgin olive oil
- Clean the cauliflower carefully and divide it into quarters.
- Slice the cauliflower finely on a mandolin, slice the’flowery’ part and save the woodier part of the trunk for a soup or something else.
- Put the cauliflower in a bowl, quickly whisk salt, chopped parsley, lemon juice and oil together before adding it to the cauliflower.
- Top with a generous sprinkling of chopped walnuts and serve.
Fresh herbs, whatever you like, you can make it with different ones or just one.
- Take a bunch of fresh herbs and remove the woody parts if there are any. Put them in a blender together with a fistful of coarse salt.
- Turn the blender on and let it run until it has become like fine salt. Add more herbs if you want.
- Put it in a jar and use it. Often.