Here’s an easy winter salad to throw together! I’m guessing the absence of greens is what makes it a “winter salad,” but it does have lots of crunch and that natural pepperiness found in cauliflower.
I came across the recipe on Foodista as taken from an interesting book titled, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy.
They make it look a whole lot better than my pic, but it’d be hard to improve on the spicy taste of onions, peppers, cauliflower and the salty, savory influence of the olives. Uniquely enough, this is a rare salad that can match up with both a red or white wine. A semi-dry Riesling from the Pacific Northwest or Germany matches the slight heat in the mix without burying its herbaceous element.
My second choice is a simple, everyman’s red from France, called Les Hérétiques. Made from forty year old Carignan vines, Les Hérétiques is a soft red with cherry fruit flavors meant for mass consumption. It’s under ten bucks a bottle, and a half case would look REALLY NICE under my tree next week.
Les Hérétiques is imported by Louis Dressner.