We love making salads out of roasted and toasted veggies.In winter we especially love making salads with cavolo nero– it really gives a different texture and feel to the usual standard salad. We also always like to add some fresh ingredients so you get the best of both worlds, roasty & fresh! This salad could work with other green vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or kale.
Like anyone, we sometimes run out of ideas on how to make vegetables tasty and interesting, especially when we’re having a lazy cooking day…(shhh) so generally our go to is to chop it up and roast it with a load of garlic and nuts!
We’re both absolute garlic lovers, so we’re not shy with adding it into pretty much everything, including this salad. You could also roast the garlic cloves whole which will give a sweeter, less intense flavour, but personally we prefer to crush it and spread it across all the veg!
This dish will work with any nut or seed. Walnuts are a particular favourite, but you can also use pumpkin or sunflower seeds. I love having a nutty crunch in my salad, and for that added protein boost. And of course you don’t have to use sultanas, raisins will work, or any other dried fruit – dried apricots might be fun to try another time.
(Louise hates fruit in salad.. Vanessa loves it. Go crazy or leave it out!)
One thing we both agree on is to add in fresh veggies to the cooked cavolo nero salad, to really give some crunch and zing. Tomatoes, peppers or rocket are all delicious options.
Use this go-to formula for jazzing up your veg when you’re having a lazy cooking day and or need to finish bits off from the fridge. It’s super quick and easy, but tastes amazing and you can still impress your friends with it.
Green and crunchy with a punchy garlicky dressing. This salad is the perfect side dish for all kinds of wintery food.
- 1 bunch of calvolo nero about 10 leaves
- 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
- Handful of chopped walnuts
- Handful sultanas
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- drizzle of olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
Wash and chop calvolo nero into small chunks
Combine calvolo nero with all other ingredients, except the tomatoes, and mix well
Transfer into baking tray. Roast in oven for 20 mins on 180⁰C or until bits of the calvolo nero have gone crispy but some parts are still soft.
Once partly cooled, transfer to a bowl and add the chop the tomatoes.
Serve warm, or at room temperature.