Romanesco, apple and hazelnut salad

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Romanesco, apple and hazelnut salad

Serves 2 20 min
Resplendent with verdant and hypnotic spirals, Romanesco can often be seen as simply a novelty. We find the virtues to be culinary as well as comely, sitting somewhere between broccoli and cauliflower, it can be used in place of both.

Ingredients

  • 1 small Romanesco
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • olive oil
  • 100g mixed salad leaf
  • 100g blue cheese, optional
  • 60g hazelnuts, toasted and skinned

Method

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 15 min
  • Step 1

    Put a pan of salted water on to boil. Strip away the leaves and main stalk from the Romanesco, cut into small bite sized florets. Boil for 3 minutes until lightly cooked, remove and cool.
  • Step 2

    Peel and very finely dice the shallot. Make the dressing by whisking together the vinegar and mustard, slowly whisk in 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Step 3

    Add the diced shallots to the dressing. Mix the salad leaves, apples and Romanesco with the dressing. Arrange artfully on a large plate and scatter over the cheese and hazelnuts