Parmesean Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

I haven’t posted a recipe for awhile. The holiday season comes with lots of opportunities to cook.

My family, including my immigrant parents from Dominican Republic, celebrate on Christmas Eve. We refer to it as Noche Buena.

That’s what we are mixing up in this post.

I have one dish that is a family favorite: Parmesean Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad from Giada De Laurentiis. You can find the recipe on Food Network Here .

As I had mentioned in previous posts, I share recipes that have been “tested” by my family. I didn’t create the recipes but do have some tips on how to get it done!

The Basics: This recipe involves coating bite sized broccoli and cauliflower pieces with Parmesan cheese. Then you fry the pieces. This is a dish that I have made for a few family events over the years. 


  1. Buy a bag of veggies already pre-cut: I cut down the prep work by buying a bag of cauliflower and broccoli. Those pieces are already pretty small so you only have to cut some pieces.
  2. Follow the directions – Don’t crowd the pan: As my 5 year old says, “follow directions quickly”. Some short cuts you can’t take or the meal (and whoever is eating it) will suffer! This is one of those times. In order for the broccoli and cauliflower to come out light and crispy, they need room to breathe. So be sure to fry in batches.
  3. Consider using Grapeseed Oil: Extra virgin olive oil has a low smoke point. In other words, it starts to smoke even with lower temperatures. You have to do the frying of the veggies in batches, so the  kitchen can get smokey. I use grapeseed oil instead. Higher smoke point!
  4. Wait on the Spinach: If I am taking this dish to an event at another location, I wait on adding the spinach. The reason I wait is so it doesn’t wilt from the heat of the recently fried veggies. I pack the fried veggies and spinach separately. Then I assemble the salad once I get to my destination.

Why I like this recipe- This recipe is fairly easy and simple. Also, I like that you are costing the veggies with cheese instead of bread crumbs. Something different.

…Because getting dressed (and living life) should feel good!



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