2 heads of romanesco (2 1/2 to 3 pounds total)
2 stalks of celery
1/2 large red onion, or one small red onion
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
2 Tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 anchovy, minced (optional, omit if cooking vegetarian)
1/4 cup high quality olive oil
Cut the romanesco heads into quarters. Cut out the tough core and any outside green leaves. Cut again lengthwise. Place into a steamer basket in a pot with about an inch of water. Sprinkle the romanesco florets with a little salt. Bring water to a boil. Cover and steam until just tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove romanesco florets from steamer, place into a bowl, and chill.
Thinly slice the celery. Thinly slice the red onion, across the grain. Place the red onion slices in a bowl and cover with water. This will take the onion-y edge off the onion, making it easier to eat raw in the salad.
Smash the whole clove of garlic (not cut, just smash with the flat side of a chef’s knife) and place in the bottom of a small bowl. Add the vinegar and salt, stir to dissolve the salt. Add the minced anchovy if using. Then whisk in the olive oil.
Break up the wedges of romanesco into smaller chunks of florets. Place into a large serving bowl. Add celery, onions (drained of the water), parsley, capers, and lemon zest. Remove the garlic clove from the dressing and add dressing to the romanesco salad. Toss to coat with the dressing. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour. Even better overnight.
Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to serve.
Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes