Roasted Fennel + Cauliflower Salad


My next-door neighbor is learning the saxophone.


I know this because he plays it. At all hours of the night.


The best part: He only knows one song.


You guessed it. All the live long day, my man is playing Careless Whisper like it has yet to go out of style. I’m in bed the other night, dozing off to dream land, when all of a sudden that familiar tune hits my eardrums. My eyes blink open and I’m just staring at my ceiling, like, “This is it. This is my life now.” Look, I appreciate the woodwind family as much as the next gal, but I need my beauty rest. Can we set some boundaries here?


For Christmas, I think I’ll leave a George Michael songbook on his doorstep.


Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4


  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 6 cups of mixed greens
  • 1 english cucumber, chopped
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange cauliflower + fennel on 2 lined baking sheets
  • Drizzle each with a tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes
  • Meanwhile, whisk remaining olive oil + lemon juice + S+P in a lil bowl
  • Toss greens + quinoa + cucumber + cherry tomatoes + red onion + warm fennel + cauliflower + S+P together
  • Drizzle on lemon vinaigrette + serve
  • Might I recommend a spork for this to maximize stabbing of the goodies + cupping of the juices

13 thoughts on “Roasted Fennel + Cauliflower Salad

  1. Osyth says:

    My mother once took us on holiday with my grandmother. We stayed in a small guest house. The woman who ran it had a huge orange beehive that was later stolen and died yellow by Marge Simpson. She had an electric organ (not a sex aid) and played for us every evening. But she only knew the opening bars of the theme from Love Story. Do. Not. Look it up if you don’t know it. This was nearly 50 years ago and I am still haunted. I feel your pain.

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  2. Hungry Breton (Franck) says:

    I used to share an apt. with that girl ( she wasn’t nice) in my late teenage years. She had a saxophone. When she was at college, I used to practice and got better than her in a few weeks than herself in a couple of years. That really pissed her off! I haven’t played since! I think I wanted to prove a point ( she was mean, she used to hide food etc…). Tell your neighbour that there is a little key where the ( left) thumb rests on top and behind the instrument… It plays but soft and quiet. You’re welcome! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰


    • Rachel says:

      I have left a note on his doorstep with that hint πŸ˜‰ & good for you, Mr. Saxophone aficionado! Anyone who hides food (yours or her own – that’s just selfish!) has got to be put in her place.

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  3. Debbie Spivey says:

    Careless Whisper will never go out of style girl!!!! I only just recently started to use fennel. I am amazed that it can smell so much like licorice and taste nothing like it when roasted! Not sure about raw tho?


  4. sptestsite says:

    Tasty looking salad. I think I’m going to make something like it for din tonight. About the neighgbor, don’t get him a George Michael songbook, go to and get him a book of beginner etudes. It will help him sound better.


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