Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Toss the cauliflower florets with the olive oil, coriander, and salt. Spread into a single layer in a roasting pan. Roast until the cauliflower is tender and lightly charring.
While the cauliflower is cooking, combine the amaranth with 1 ½ cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the amaranth is tender. Once the amaranth is tender (the consistency will still look a bit porridge-like), place in a nut-milk bag (or something similar- as long as the amaranth can’t slip through.) Rinse the amaranth and squeeze out as much of the water as you can.
Place the rinse amaranth in a bowl and combine with the cauliflower and lettuce. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss until well combined. Serve with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if desired.
Tips & Tricks: You can make the amaranth ahead of time or use a quicker cooking grain like quinoa or bulgur.
Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: amaranth, cauliflower, lettuce
Amaranth is a pseudo-grain I do not use near enough. An early, disappointing experience left me pushing amaranth to the back of the pantry. However, the more time I spend with the grain, the more I like it. Of course, you could easily swap out the grain for something more to your liking but I highly recommend playing around with this tiny seed.
GRAINS: Swap out amaranth for your favorite grain. I like quinoa, bulgur, or freekeh; all of which are quick cooking.
VEGETABLE: I love the floral taste of coriander and use it quite liberally in my cooking. Beyond cauliflower, I love roasting winter squash and sweet potatoes with coriander or even adding a sprinkle of ground coriander right into my lemon vinaigrette.
One of the things I love about amaranth is that, given a plot of land, I could grow it. The plant produces beautiful flowers, edible leaves, and a plethora of tiny seeds. Amaranth cooks in less than 30 minutes and is wonderful for porridges.