Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates & Lentils

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Wiiiih, today we have started our own little video channel on youtube. We have been curious about food videos for quite a while. Some of you might remember a few early attempts that we have done (with a little help from our friends). It’s such a fun media because we can share a recipe and a story more visually than just describing it in text and stills. But since we are amateurs at this, it takes us forever to produce and edit even the shortest clip. So you can imagine that we were glad when FoodClub offered us some help to start our own youtube channel and produce a number of recipe videos.

We have already shot a few recipes and will release them regularly on the channel. Apparently they will pop up in your feed if you hit the subscribe button, so you might want to do that. Most of the recipes will actually be completely new ones, so if you think we have been a bit slow with updating the blog, this should hopefully be a great complement for more recipes. Not to worry though, we will still run the blog as usual.

Here is a short intro video that we did for the channel. 

We have tried to keep the videos short because we get bored by too long ones. There are some instructions in the recipes, but we wanted to keep them inspirational and get away from the traditional cooking shows. This is a chance for us to experiment with the media, learn about the trade and find our own way of doing videos, so we’d love to hear feedback from you!

Oh, we forgot to say that we actually talk in these videos, so you might want to switch on your speakers. We’re starting off with a Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates and Lentils. You’ll find the recipe and video here below. We have also done a video for the Turkish Yogurt & Blueberry Popsicles in the top picture. You can find that video on, with the full recipe below the video.

Anything else? Elsa will also be popping up in a few of them. Not speaking though, even if her english soon is better than ours.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates & Lentils
Serves 4

1 head raw cauliflower
4 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch ground cayenne or more to taste
1 cup / 240 ml uncooked beluga lentils (or green lentils)
1 large handful (about 4 oz) raw almonds
10 fresh or dried dates, pitted
1 small red onion
4 cups / 100 g loosely packed mache lettuce, rucola (rocket) or spinach leaves
sprouts, for garnish

Creamy Tahini Dressing
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water to thin, or more to your desire

Preheat oven to 220°C / 420°F. Cut the cauliflower into smaller florets and chop the stem. Spread out in a roasting tin. Mix oil and spices in a glass, pour over the cauliflower and toss to cover all florets in the oil. Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the cauliflower is golden brown. Meanwhile place lentils and 2 cups / 500 ml water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and cook gently for about 20 minutes or until soft. Drain any excess water and set aside to cool. Remove the cauliflower from the oven. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven heat to 350°F / 175°C and dry roast the almonds for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Prepare the dressing by whisking all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix gently with the cooled lentils. Chop the dates and slice the onion. Remove the almonds from the oven and coarsely chop. Add all ingredients to the mixing bowl and toss to combine. Garnish with sprouts and serve. Keeps for a couple of days in the fridge.


  • Rebecka
    I love your videos! And your blender looks great! Would you mind telling me what brand it is? Could you recommend one? I'd like one that can mix frozen fruits and nuts, that I can use everyday. Keep up the good work! Can't wait to try out the popcicles, and I've just ordered your book, which I'm really excited about!
  • Beautiful! I'm so excited that you're starting this video series. This salad looks delicious and the colors are perfectly balanced.
  • Biggan
    Hej! Jag är otroligt tacksam för er underbara bok! Den inspierar mig att försöka komma igång och laga veggie! Nyinköpt har jag bläddrat och sett massor som jag skall laga och jag lovar läsa den från pärm till pärm! Tusen tack även för den här fräscha bloggen! Keep up the good work :) Hälsningar från Åland!
  • Ella
    I made a version of this the other day with what I had on hand. Sweet potato for the cauli, cubed apple for the dates, and finely shredded kale for the green. Also added some radishes, finely sliced. So, to look at it, could barely call it the same recipe, but definitely had the same idea! Was tasty! Only thing to be wary of - Does not keep particularly well. Or, at least not made up. I imagine that it would if you kept the roast parts, the fresh parts, the lentils, and the dressing separate.
  • What beautiful videos; a treat to watch! Thank you :)
  • Absolutely loved the gorgeous videos! They are amazing! I'm actually going to start one as well so will definitely subscribe once I've made my first video! :)
  • Jane
    Just made the salad for dinner tonight, delicious! Served with a courgette frittata to up the protein content for my teenage son. He's a sceptic when it comes to lentils, but even he was singing its praises- now that shows it has to be a winner.
  • I'm so excited about you starting to shot more videos. I love to see you in action AND speak! Youn three (or should I say four?) are such an inspiration. Actually, just half an hour ago I was flipping through your cookbook, one of my favorites. Can't wait for your second one to come out! I'm sure it's equally gorgeous. Sunny greetings from Finland, Sini
  • Well done, I loved it - and the salad looks great too!
  • OMG!!!!!!!I LOVE IT :D Thank you guys!You're the best!
  • Jennifer
    I am really enjoying your videos. We generally do not watch television at all, but your little gems definitely inspire me to notice the beauty in the kitchen. I love to cook, but sometimes it becomes a chore. A moment in your kitchen reminds me again of the beauty and love that goes into our food. Thanks! Warm thoughts from sunny Santa Cruz, Jennifer, Dahlia, and Zinnia
  • Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they'll be benefited from this site.
  • Nya
    Just made the salad... Yumm ! Thanks , Nya ( Australia) xx
  • Wow! That’s an excellent news, congratulations, best of luck with the experimenting. Keeping the videos short is brilliant and actually makes me want to watch them whole and try the recipes afterwards. p.s. please delete my previous comment, sorry about that.
  • Kelly
    I'm excited about all your videos to come!! May I ask where you found your popcicle molds?
  • Heeral
    Just subscribed. What a beautiful video!! I plan on making this salad tomorrow. Looking forward to your videos!
  • it looks so yammy :) I definitely should try it! thank you for sharing :)
  • Love your videos and the new recipes, congrats! The popsicles must wait until I purchase the moulds, but I did the salad yesterday and now I am already looking forward so much to lunchtime for the leftovers! The combinations of flavors is just mhmmmmmoooohhhahhhhhhoohhhhhyummmmmm!!!!
  • Msconduct
    I loved your video for the cauliflower salad - like the recipes in your book, it looked so tempting I wanted to run into the kitchen and make it straight away! One question - I noticed that the quantities for the spices were different on the video than in the written recipe (1 tsp instead of 1/4 tsp). Which one is correct? Thanks.
    • Green Kitchen Storie
      It is 1/4 tsp :-)
  • Holly
    The videos are beautiful David & Luise, congratulations. Love getting a sneak peek behind the scenes. Keep up the amazing and inspiring work! :o)
  • Subscribed immediately! After work, to relax a little, I always watch a few videos, I am happy I will be finding yours as well in the future. I have my own few little videos there too, I can't wait to see more of your videos, you are truly incredibly inspiring! Juliette
  • Yes perfect! Vilken bra idé. Klart ni ska göra video som är så grymma. Gick journalistkurs med Johanna för några år sedan och det var så jag fick nys om er och älskar era recept.
  • I am doing the happy dance here and I am super excited for you guys!!! I love the videos - Beautiful and inspiring such as your foodblog and recipes. I also love to hear your voices and get a climpse of your everyday cooking & happy living! Congratulation on the new culinary adventure and I look forward to seeing more of your videos soon. XO PS: Did you get the cutting board in Thailand or Asia? My parents still used the exact same one brought back from their trip in Laos.
  • Anya
    Incredible job with the video channel! These must be the best recipe videos ever to exist and far beyond anything Food Network could produce. Please keep them coming! :) Also, I find that the length of videos is perfect.
  • Rebecca Mead
    As a devoted reader of your blog and cookbook, I loved getting to see you and hear your voice tell the stories of your recipes... can't wait for more!
  • What a beautiful video! love your voice, and can't wait to see Elsa popping up!
  • The videos are great! (And Elsa is just the most adorable munchkin EVER.) Can't believe how good the quality is – which software do you use for editing?
  • OMG, so cool! I am beyond excited to now get to see videos too. You've done a great job with your channel. And these pops and the cauliflower salad are both to die for! Can't wait to make them both!
  • Ah the videos are incredible! And I'm so looking forward to them. It sometimes is more soothing than reading through a post. Ah, you guys are so inspirational! x

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