Roasted cabbage is a glorious thing! When treated with a fair amount of heat and a hefty dose of salt and pepper, this humble vegetable develops a sweet, nutty flavor and wonderful texture... it's truly transformed! I have definitely eaten a whole head of roasted cabbage in one sitting before; I have a hard time resisting one it's cooked. In this recipe, I've paired it with a bright and zippy salsa verde that comes together in minutes. I served this side with fresh local salmon last night but it would work well with any protein, and same goes for the salsa verde! It stays well for a week or so and is fabulous drizzled on chicken breast, steaks, tofu, you name it.
ROASTED CABBAGE WITH SALSA VERDE
1 head purple cabbage
1 bunch cilantro
4 green onions, trimmed, chopped
2 tbsp drained capers
1 garlic clove, crushed with the flat side of a knife
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the cabbage into 8 wedges, trying your best to keep the stem intact.
2) To make the salsa verde, combine cilantro-red pepper flakes (using only 1/4 cup of the olive oil) in a food processor, mini prep or blender and process until smooth. Let sit on the counter while the cabbage cooks to allow the flavors to meld a bit. (Note: you will have quite a bit of salsa verde left to use as you please!)
3) Arrange the cabbage on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with about half of the olive oil and sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Flip over, repeat. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, flip over, and bake for 15 minutes more. You will likely have some brown crunchy leaves in the pan- discard them if you like or if you're like me and love crunchy bits, snack on then :). Remove from oven, drizzle with salsa verde, and serve alongside your protein of choice!
Hi. I'm Claudia. I'm a food obsessed, nature loving, fitness fanatic and happy gal living in the Pacific Northwest. I've been eating and cooking healthy foods for most of my life, and I'm so excited to share my passion for it with you!