Roasted Romanesco Leek + Brussels Salad with Green Olive Dressing + scenes from cascadian farm!
Vegan, roasted romanesco, leek and brussels sprout salad.
I’ve only been there twice.
Each visit lasted just a few days.
But the scenes will stay with me for a lifetime.
There is something so majestic about the Pacific Northwest.
The thick billowy clouds, greyish-smoky skies, cerulean mountain tops and vibrant green forests as far as the eye can see. A few weeks ago, in between my jaunts back and forth from Philly to Denver – I was fortunate enough to take a trip out west to Seattle and visit the home of Cascadian Farm.
Notes: this salad takes about 25 minutes to make and will feed 2 hungry people for a main event or 4 as a side. You could toss it with a pound of pasta and serve 6!! I like my veggies roasted to the point that they’re almost burnt, that to me is the best. Feel free to roast to your liking.
Yes, Cascadian Farm is owned by General Mills.
Yes, I have my apprehensions about that.
But here’s the thing.
The folks at Cascadian Farm, they’re fighting the good fight people. They were founded by Gene Kahn in the 1970s. Basically he was just a young kid who wanted to make a big difference in the world. But slowly overtime, he realized that in order to keep his dream alive he needed way more money to do it. So by getting funding from General Mills he was able to make that happen.
In short, I respect Cascadian Farm and the people behind their mission. Their passion to protect our planet is transparent and approachable. They offer affordable organic food options to people all over our country. They support initiatives like Bee-Friendlier, a campaign to protect our pollinators.
Now onto this roasted romanesco salad. It is a simple combination of all the fall things that I love. I snagged all of these green veggies at my farmers’ market. Romanesco you guys, the beauty in every little nook and cranny is incredible. I could stare at it for hours. If you can’t find romanesco at your local market, cauliflower is a good substitute. This salad is extra special served warm, right out of the oven. Just the perfect amount of crispy and tossed lightly with a zippy green olive dressing.
Roasted Romanesco Leek + Brussels Salad with Green Olive Dressing
This salad is meant to be served warm. But, it can be made ahead of time and served cold after storage.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the romanesco into florets and halve the brussels sprouts. Cut the leeks into 3 inch long pieces and then slice them lengthwise. Toss the vegetables with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and season with a pinch of salt. Roast for 20 minutes, or until crispy and browned, flipping halfway.
Meanwhile in a blender combine the remaining olive oil, olives, apple cider vinegar and pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. When the vegetables are done roasting, drizzle on the dressing, toss lightly, plate and serve warm.
If you cannot source romanesco, either broccoli or cauliflower or a mix of both is a good substitute.
My trip to Cascadian Farm was funded by Cascadian Farm a division of General Mills; all opinions are my own.