In January, I bought a few scant teaspoons of turmeric from the spice merchant at Oxbow Market. Clearly, I was not ahead of the curve for the turmeric explosion in the wellness community.
Turmeric, the current PR darling of the superfood world, is EVERYWHERE. Trader Joe’s now carries the root in the produce section. Recipes are popping up all over the wellness world for ways to include turmeric in juices and smoothies. Even Bon Appetit sent an email about turmeric lattes, from beginner (powder) to advanced (root).
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been used to treat a ton of inflammation-related diseases for a very very long time. A friend of mine who is allergic to ibuprofen was advised by her doctor to take turmeric pills instead. That’s a solid enough endorsement for me.
If we’re being honest, I like turmeric for its ability to dye everything bright yellow, pleasant aroma, and because it’s a PR superstar, the feeling of making sound food decisions when I cook with it. So please consider me officially on board with this turmeric explosion and ready and willing to experiment with all the turmeric recipes floating around the internet, like this silly delicious Turmeric Tahini Roasted Cauliflower Salad that popped up in my Pinterest feed from Naturally Ella.
Now that we can all agree that turmeric is divine and well deserving of its current media frenzy. Let’s mix it with tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice and roast some cauliflower. How GOOD does that sound?
With this ridiculously easy and very filling salad from Naturally Ella, your greatest acts of kitchen labor will be roasting cauliflower and making the whole grain of your choice. She uses pearl couscous, I made mine with bulgur wheat. Really, any grain will work – it’s just about creating a balanced salad that will keep you satisfied. Toss your roasted cauliflower and grains with a bed of spinach, a sprinkling of thinly sliced red onions, and drizzle olive oil with some lemon juice over the top and your meal is served.
This recipe is so good I made it twice in one week for two different friends. Conveniently enough, one was the friend with the ibuprofen allergy so I probably also healed her while I fed her.* SCIENCE!
Celebrate Meatless Monday (or really any day of the week) with this easy, filling, balanced, delicious, bright yellow meal:Turmeric Tahini Roasted Cauliflower Salad from Naturally Ella.
*No, I didn't actually heal her. Please don't ever take medical advice from me. I'm not a doctor, just a girl with a blog who really likes cauliflower dyed bright yellow with turmeric.