Beautiful, vibrant green Romanesco looks like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, but it is not. Not only is it an Italian heirloom dating back to ancient Rome (hence the name), but Romanesco is also an edible fractal -- an arrangement logarithmic of spiral buds, with each spiral bud being composed of a series of smaller spiral buds -- which is precisely what makes Romanesco so captivating. —Mandy Bora
Large head of fresh Romanesco
Large fresh scallion
Firm medium-sized cucumber (skin on if organic) sliced in half longways, and then into very thin slices
Italian flatleaf parsley, chopped
Fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh squeezed lemon juoce
Clove of garlic, pressed or finely grated
Fresh ground of black pepper, to taste
In This Recipe
Steam the Romanesco until fork tender (20-30 minutes), and allow it to cool.
Combine Romanesco with the remaining ingredients.
Whisk together dressing ingredients, pour over Romanesco salad, and toss gently.
This Romanesco salad is best served at room temperature or slightly chilled.