I am obsessed with this salad. o b s e s s e d . Everything about it is practically perfect. I’ve made this salad 3 times now and I just love it more and more each time. The vegetables are crispy and a bit cheesy, but still stay nice and fresh. The dressing is very lemony. I don’t mind the acidity at all, but I think it could be overwhelming to some. This problem could be solved by easing off the lemon a bit and adding a bit of honey to the mix. This salad is perfect as a light meal or it would be really great with a light salmon or chicken dish.
Parmesan Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad (from Food Network)
- 2 1/2 cups bite-sized broccoli florets
- 2 1/2 cups bite-sized cauliflower florets
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- garlic powder
- 1/2 to 1 cup olive oil
- 4 cups lightly packed fresh spinach leaves
- 1/2 lemon, zested
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Place the broccoli and cauliflower in a large bowl. Toss with the beaten eggs to coat evenly. Place the Parmesan and garlic powder in a large tray or baking dish and dredge the vegetables in the cheese, pressing to coat evenly.
- Pour olive oil in a large heavy skillet until the olive oil is 1/4-inch deep, about 1/2 cup depending on the size of your skillet. Warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add the Parmesan-coated vegetables. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches, if necessary. Let the vegetables cook until a crust forms, about 3 minutes per side. Turn the vegetables only when they easily release from the bottom of the pan. Drain on paper towels.
- Place the spinach in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the spinach with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Add the Parmesan coated vegetables. Toss and serve.