Cauliflower Salad with Yogurt Sauce and Pomegranate 2022-2023
Inspired by her mother’s (much richer) fried eggplant salad, Reem Kassis tops fried cauliflower with toasted nuts, pomegranate arils, and lemon-and-garlic-laced yogurt.
Canola oil, for frying
2 medium heads cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pound each), cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch florets (about 16 cups)
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1 cup mixed fresh herbs and greens (such as arugula, dill, and chives)
3/4 cup lightly toasted mixed nuts (such as almonds, pistachios, and hazelnuts)
1/4 cup pomegranate arils
Pour canola oil to a depth of 1 inch into a large skillet. Heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°F. Working in batches, fry cauliflower until just golden and tender, about 3 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower to paper towels to drain; season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
While cauliflower drains, whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic in a medium bowl. Season yogurt mixture with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Chill at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour; remove and discard crushed garlic before using.
To serve, arrange cauliflower on a platter; spoon yogurt mixture over top. Garnish with herbs and greens, mixed nuts, and pomegranate arils.
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