SaladVegetarian. Roasted broccoli is the perfect base for a hearty winter salad. Toss with barley, spinach, feta, almonds, and pomegranate seeds. 30-minute cooking time.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we have to abandon salads! We just have to rethink how we make them.
Dark greens, roasted vegetables, and citrus fruits of all colors and stripes are the real players in January and February. They make salads that are both hearty and flavorful.
Enter sweet, roasted broccoli. What it lacks in beauty it overcompensates for in flavor. This simple salad, served warm, makes a perfect post-holiday meal.
Yes, the oven turns the broccoli a drab green, but ignore that because roasted broccoli is something special. The “branches” of the florets become tender while the edges that touch the pan caramelize and become crispy.
And don’t toss your broccoli stems! You can roast them along with the florets. They are remarkably sweet and will practically melt in your mouth.
Bright red pomegranate seeds and a sprinkling of feta also really brighten the plate. Add some fresh spinach, too, for another texture.
If you, like me, become enamored with roasted broccoli, there are many other combinations that will make you happy all winter long. Try adding chickpeas to the salad for something more substantial, or sprinkle spicy za’atar or Parmesan on the broccoli.
Serve this for a light lunch on a day when you’re at home and want to turn on the oven, or as part of a cozy dinner alongside roast chicken or fish.
Roasted Broccoli Salad with Feta, Barley, and Pomegranate Recipe
If you have the time, try roasting the broccoli for closer to 30 minutes. This gives them a deeply roasted flavor and makes the crowns of the florets extra-crispy.
To make this gluten-free, substitute cooked quinoa.