This is a quick little warm salad, but one which is BURSTING with flavor!
I had made a sweet and spicy tomato jam
, which comes from an old recipe of my youth. I wanted to use it for something simple and tasty, and came up with this salad.
This is one of those salads that falls under the "warm salad" category, which I love so much. I should point out some differences between the actual recipe and photos, from what I would normally do in my personal life. Being a busy guy, it's quite common for me to throw stuff in a pan with virtually no regard to "looks". This is a salad that can be quick and tasty, but is also quick to lose its aesthetic charm, when done in the "quick and dirty" fashion in which so many of my warm salads are actually made.
What I would REALLY do, on a busy day, is heat up some coconut oil in a large sauté pan. I would throw in some cauliflower florets and season them with salt and pepper. They would sauté in the pan, while I take some beef and cut it into cubes. I would season the cubes with salt, pepper and some cumin, just to tie it together. At this point, I'd add the cubed beef to the hot pan with the cauliflower and let it brown on one side. Then, I'd toss it around once to let it sear on a different side. While this is all happening in the pan, I'd take a large salad bowl and put some baby spinach into it, with a big spoonful of tomato jam. Then, I'd make sure the cauliflower and beef were cooked. If they are cooked through, I'd throw them, hot, into the salad bowl. Then, I'd toss all the ingredients together, resulting in a wilted spinach salad, BRIMMING with flavor!
Or, you can also roast it and compose it, like the recipe states. Either way, it's a good thing!