Crispy Cauliflower Steak & Chimichurri Salad
Indulge in a delicious and healthy meal with this crispy parmesan-crusted cauliflower steak recipe paired with a fresh spring chimichurri salad. Perfect for a quick and easy dinner idea.
Crispy Cauliflower Steak Ingredients:
- 2 cauliflower steaks, 2cm thick
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 30 grams freshly shredded parmesan
- 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
- Harissa, to taste
- 50 grams parmesan, grated
Spring Chimichurri Sauce:
- 1 cup fresh coriander
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1 cup wild garlic (or 2-3 cloves of garlic)
- Pinch of fresh chili (to taste)
- Salt, to taste
- 1 shallot
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup wine vinegar
- Handful of favorite green salad
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 radish
- Crumbled feta, for topping
- Cutting board
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Immersion blender
- Mandoline (optional)
- Salad bowl
- Two plates for serving
If you've been following along from the beginning, you know I love cauliflower steaks. And for those of you new here, you definitely don't want to miss out on an older delicious recipe, Too Good To Be True Cauliflower Steak.
Anyhow, I don't want to waste your time on introductions, so let's focus on this recipe featuring crispy parmesan-crusted cauliflower paired with a fresh spring chimichurri salad. Perfect for a healthy and satisfying dinner option. Get ready to fall in love with this dish! So let's start!
How to prepare the Crispy Cauliflower Steak & Chimichurri Salad:
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees Celsius.
- Prepare the cauliflower steaks by either cutting them into florets or keeping them as whole steaks.
I actually prefer them as florets as they get crunchier. But it's just a matter of preference.
- Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 30g freshly shredded parmesan, 1 tbsp breadcrumbs, and harissa. Blend the ingredients together with an immersion blender until a homogenous paste is formed.
- Brush half of the harissa mixture onto the cauliflower.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Take the tray out of the oven and turn the cauliflower over. Brush the rest of the harissa mixture onto the cauliflower. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until tender but not mushy.
- Grate 50g of parmesan and sprinkle it over the cauliflower. Return the tray to the oven for a few more minutes.
- To make the spring chimichurri sauce, combine 1 cup of fresh coriander, 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, and 1 cup of wild garlic (or 2-3 cloves of garlic) in a blender. Add a pinch of fresh chili, salt, one shallot, 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, and 1/2 cup wine vinegar.
- Pulse until combined.
This will make way more sauce than what you will need for this recipe. However, you can store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and use it for your sandwiches, salad dressings and whatever your heart desires.
- Wash and prepare a handful of green salad. Place it in a bowl. Wash a piece of radish and finely slice it using a mandoline. Place the radish slices on top of the salad. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and salt and stir everything to combine.
- Divide the salad between two plates. Place the roasted cauliflower on top of the salad and drizzle the spring chimichurri sauce. Top with crumbled feta and serve immediately.
So, there you have it, a delicious and nutritious meal in one dish. This recipe is perfect for a roasted cauliflower steak dinner. To draw another mental picture, yes, the crispy parmesan-crusted cauliflower is paired with a fresh spring chimichurri sauce and a green salad with radish slices.
Now, if you want to learn more about the food you are eating, then let me tell you that cauliflower is a versatile and nutritious vegetable that is a member of the cruciferous family. It sits there along with broccoli, kale, and cabbage. Furthermore, cauliflower is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it a great addition to any healthy diet.
On the other hand, this is a cauliflower steak with chimichurri dish. So let's focus on the chimichurri part as well. So, chimichurri is a popular sauce originating from Argentina. It is made from a blend of herbs, spices, and vinegar. It is a flavorful and healthy addition to any meal, adding a burst of freshness and tanginess.
The parmesan coating on the cauliflower steaks only adds a crispy texture and a salty, nutty flavor. However, if you want to make it vegan, just replace it and the feta with non-dairy options.
Finally, this recipe also features a mix of healthy greens and olive oil, making it a well-rounded and nutritious meal option.
I hope you enjoy this Crispy Cauliflower Steak & Chimichurri Salad with all its flavors and health benefits. Bon appétit!
Now, before we wrap things up, let me answer some of the most frequently asked questions people have regarding parts of our Crispy Cauliflower Steak & Chimichurri Salad:
Q: What goes with cauliflower steak?
A: Cauliflower steak goes well with a variety of sides, including roasted vegetables, grains such as rice or quinoa, or a salad. You can also serve it with a sauce, such as the spring chimichurri sauce, in this recipe.
Q: Is cauliflower steak healthy?
A: Yes, cauliflower steak is a healthy option. Cauliflower is a nutrient-rich vegetable that is low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The parmesan coating in this recipe adds flavor and texture but can also increase the calorie and fat content.
Q: What does cauliflower steak taste like?
A: Cauliflower steak has a mild, nutty flavor with a slightly sweet taste. For this precise recipe, the parmesan coating adds a crispy texture and a salty, nutty flavor, while the harissa adds a touch of spiciness.
Q: Where did chimichurri originate?
A: Chimichurri is a popular sauce originating from Argentina. It is traditionally used as a condiment for grilled meats but can also be used as a dressing or marinade.
Q: How long does chimichurri last?
A: Chimichurri can last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The vinegar and oil in the sauce act as preservatives, helping to extend its shelf life.
Q: Is chimichurri healthy?
A: Chimichurri can be a healthy addition to a meal, as it is low in calories and high in nutrients from the herbs and spices used. The extra virgin olive oil and wine vinegar used in the recipe are also healthy sources of fat and antioxidants. However, it is important to keep in mind the amount used, as the oil and vinegar can add up in calories.
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Nutrition Facts / Serving
- Calories 521
- Total Fat 43 g
- Cholesterol 4 mg
- Sodium 1187 mg
- Potassium 631 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 19 g
- Sugars 8 g
- Protein 18 g