Roasted Cauliflower and Romanesco Salad with Pears and Maple Vinaigrette

Roasted Cauliflower and Romanesco Salad with Pears and Maple Vinaigrette

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Just because cool weather and fall produce have arrived doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good salad. I’m not sure if there’s anything that mandates a “salad” but the simple treatment of fresh ingredients, and the clean feeling you get from eating it. This salad, for instance, is served warm thanks to crisp, lightly roasted cauliflower and romanesco florets — and it has no lettuce greens. However, I like to roast the leaves from these brassicas along with them until savory chips to sprinkle the salad with texture. And a cool, crunchy, fresh component is achieved with sliced pears, a little underripe and extra-tart.

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