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Paired with a Farmhouse Ale or Saison
Good morning, friends! I hope your weekends are going well, and you are enjoying an abundance of sunshine while you still can! We have had a pretty relaxing weekend around here. We did a pretty brutal trail run in which I almost died. It wasn’t that it was a crazy number of miles. I think in the end it only was like 9 miles (we got lost – so who knows), but the elevation gain was out-of-control. Like 1000s of feet out-of-control. Coming from a place where hills were basically non-existent (10s of feet), and moving to a place that has it’s fair share of mountainous terrain (1000s of feet) has not been smooth sailing. I’m also not used to these crazy trail runs. I’ve always been a road runner. If any of you are big into running, you know what I’m talking about. These two ways of running are like two completely different sports. Different shoes, different technique. It’s like mountain biking and road cycling. It’s not just about time when you’re running consistent 20% grade switchbacks and rocky scree slopes (click for definition). Scary, right?! You watch, I’ll be running 50-milers in no time. That’s what practice is for right?! … yeah, we’ll see about that … ha, what have I gotten myself into?!
Because I have seriously upped my running game lately, I have been extremely hungry. I have been eating literally like a cow. I can’t stop, and I won’t stop to be honest. In addition to keeping my calorie-intake high, I’ve been trying to get as creative as humanly possible when it comes to our nightly dinner salads. Normally, it’s pretty plain and simple. Not that I hate plain and simple. My idea of a perfect before-dinner salad contains whatever fresh green I found at the farmer’s market the Friday before. It’s usually decorated with carrots, cucumbers, almonds and goat’s cheese. Pretty plain, I know. This is why I’ve been seriously trying to step up my salad game.
This chickpea, mango and curried cauliflower salad was born after I could not pass up the mangoes at the grocery store. They were literally SOOOOO perfect. As I was flipping through one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks (Plenty More – By Yotam Ottolenghi), I came across the perfect salad that highlighted mangoes. This recipe is inspired by that recipe. It’s so perfect you guys. Make it this summer! It’s light, refreshing and super addicting!
Keep it light, and pair this curried cauliflower salad with a farmhouse ale or saison. You can even go a little sour if you want. It’s the perfect match. Have a wonderful day everyone! xoxo
Recipe adapted from Plenty More – By Yotam Ottolenghi.