Why is it that salads almost always taste better at restaurants? Among other reasons, there’s a level of complexity to them that we don’t typically get at home. This cauliflower salad is proof. It comes to us from Chef Christopher Gould at Central Provisions, a James Beard Award Best New Restaurant finalist in Portland, Maine, with inventive small plates and craft cocktails. Their fried cauliflower salad is so well-loved that it’s one of the few dishes never seems to budge from their ever-changing menu. (A fact that makes our Production Editor, Lauren, happy, as it’s her favorite salad!)
This salad delivers layer upon layer of varying flavor and texture, which makes it a main course-worthy salad that won’t bore you. The smoky, caramelized cauliflower and crunchy chickpeas play off of the bright, crisp apple and fresh herb salad, which are then both tied together with briny, salty feta cheese crumbles.