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Celeriac, Cress & Spinach Salad with Parmesan Crisps
“The big flavor of sherry vinegar mixed with mustard, oil and garlic in the dressing for this healthy spinach salad recipe serves a dual purpose: marinade for the roasted celery root and a dressing for this side salad. Little rounds of crunchy Parmesan crisps look fancy, but are easy to make and add a perfect textural contrast and salty counterpart to the earthy and spicy greens and sweet-tart cranberries. ”
2Cut one end off the celery root to create a flat surface to keep it steady. Cut off the skin with your knife, following the contour of the root. Or use a vegetable peeler and peel around the root at least three times to ensure all the fibrous skin has been removed. Cut into ½-inch cubes and toss in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper until well coated. Spread out on a baking sheet (reserve the bowl). Roast the celery root, stirring once or twice, until lightly browned and soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
3Meanwhile, chop and mash garlic with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt on a cutting board until a paste forms. Scrape the garlic paste into the large bowl and whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar and mustard.
4Add the celery root to the dressing and toss to coat; let cool in the dressing.
5To prepare Parmesan crisps: Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees . Line a large baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or generously coat with cooking spray.
6Divide Parmesan into 6 little piles on the prepared baking sheet and spread each into a 2-inch disk. Bake until the Parmesan is melted completely and lightly browned, but not too dark, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on the pan, then use a firm, thin spatula to remove.
7Add cress (or watercress), spinach and cranberries to the celery root and season to taste with more pepper; lightly toss to coat. Serve each salad with a Parmesan crisp.
Make Ahead Tip: To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 3) for up to 2 days.