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Cauliflower and Fennel with Dijon-Cider Vinaigrette

This simple side of Cauliflower and Fennel with Dijon-Cider Vinaigrette may be just the ticket to get you past your childhood aversion to this veggie. The dijon-cider vinaigrette is what really seals the deal.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 large head)
  • 1 cup sliced fennel
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh fennel fronds
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil; add cauliflower. Boil 5 minutes; add sliced fennel. Boil 1 minute or until cauliflower is crisp-tender; drain.

2. Combine oil and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cauliflower mixture; toss to coat.

Variations:

Warm Garlic-Anchovy: Boil 6 cups cauliflower florets 6 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 minced drained anchovy fillets, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a skillet over medium heat; cook 1 minute. Add cauliflower, 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind; toss. Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 113; FAT 9.5g (sat 1.4g); SODIUM 205mg

Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette: Boil 6 cups cauliflower florets 6 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 3 tablespoons minced shallots, 4 1/2 teaspoons rinsed and drained capers, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add cauliflower, tossing to coat. Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 113; FAT 9.4g (sat 1.3g); SODIUM 178mg

Warm Curry: Boil 6 cups cauliflower florets 6 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup olive oil; swirl to coat. Sauté 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 minutes or until lightly golden. Stir in 2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger, cauliflower, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander. Cook 2 minutes. Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 114; FAT 9.3g (sat 1.3g); SODIUM 153mg

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 118
  • Fat: 9.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 2.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.9g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 161mg
  • Calcium: 32mg
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