Romanesco Salad Recipe

Romanesco Salad Recipe

How To Make Romanesco Salad

Toss a quick healthy dish with this romanesco salad. It comes with steamed romanesco florets, celery, and onions marinated in a garlic vinaigrette.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Marinate Time: 15 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 3lbsRomanesco,(2 heads)
  • salt
  • 2stalkscelery,thinly sliced
  • ½large red onion,or 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1cuploosely packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2tbspcapers,rinsed and drained
  • 1tspgrated lemon zest
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the Dressing:

  • 1clovegarlic
  • 3tbspred wine vinegar
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½anchovy,minced, optional, omit if cooking vegetarian
  • ¼cuphigh quality extra virgin olive oil


  1. Cut the romanesco heads into quarters, stalk to tip. Cut out the tough core and any outside green leaves. Cut again lengthwise.

  2. Place into a steamer basket in a pot with about an inch of water.  Sprinkle the romanesco florets with a little salt. Bring water to a boil. Cover and steam for about 7 to 10 minutes until just tender.

  3. Remove romanesco florets from the steamer, place into a bowl, and chill.

  4. Thinly slice the red onion, across the grain. Place the red onion slices in a bowl and cover with water to remove strong flavors.

  5. Smash the whole clove of garlic (not cut, just smash with the flat side of a chef’s knife) and place in the bottom of a small bowl.

  6. Add the vinegar and salt, stir to dissolve the salt. Add the minced anchovy if using. Then whisk in the olive oil.

  7. Break up the wedges of romanesco into smaller chunks of florets. Place into a large serving bowl. Add celery, onions (drained of the water), parsley, capers, and lemon zest.

  8. Remove the garlic clove from the dressing and add dressing to the romanesco salad. Toss to coat with the dressing.

  9. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes, preferably 1 hour or overnight.

  10. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to serve.


  • Calories: 182.29kcal
  • Fat: 11.47g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.29g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.62g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.00g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.92g
  • Fiber: 5.64g
  • Sugar: 7.63g
  • Protein: 9.89g
  • Cholesterol: 0.28mg
  • Sodium: 660.35mg
  • Calcium: 29.93mg
  • Potassium: 128.23mg
  • Iron: 0.92mg
  • Vitamin A: 45.51µg
  • Vitamin C: 15.38mg
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