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Cauliflower Salad

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 9 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Cauliflower Salad

A delicious and healthy cauliflower salad can be made in approximately half an hour and will make you look at the humble cauliflower in a different way.

Recipe

To serve 2 you will need:
  • 40g of raisins
  • A large cauliflower, which has had its leaves removed and been cut into small floret sections
  • A medium size red onion
  • 65ml of olive oil
  • 35g of pine nuts
  • A handful of parsley that has been chopped
  • A handful of mint that has been chopped
  • A pinch of saffron
  • Some extra virgin olive oil

To make your cauliflower salad first take a saucepan and fill with salted water. Once this water has reached boiling point place the saffron and cauliflower inside and cook for between 4 and 5 minutes. Once you have done this, remove the cauliflower from the water and ensure that all excess water has been removed before placing the cauliflower on a tray, enabling it to cool rapidly. Next take a frying pan and pour the oil in and heat on a high setting. Once tiny traces of smoke start to appear from the frying pan place the chopped red onion inside the pan and fry for approximately 8 minutes, ensuring that you stir the onion regularly during this time. The onion should look crispy after this time has elapsed.

Next take the nuts and raisins and cook and stir for approximately 4 minutes. Once this has been completed take the nuts and raisins and drain off the excess oil using a sieve, before placing them in a large bowl. Next mix the nuts, raisins, cauliflower and onion and pour extra virgin olive oil over them and mix with the herbs.

Using Broccoli in Your Cauliflower Salad

If you want to make your cauliflower salad even more exciting it is possible to add additional ingredients such as broccoli and feta cheese.To serve 2 you will need:
  • 1/2 the head of a large cauliflower that has been chopped
  • A head of broccoli that has been chopped
  • 75g of crumbled feta cheese
  • 75g of black olives that have been pitted
  • 125g of cherry tomatoes
  • Some Italian salad dressing

First take a large bowl and mix the cherry tomatoes, broccoli, olives, feta and cauliflower. Next pour some Italian salad dressing into the bowl, ensuring that all the ingredients are well coated. Once this has been completed leave overnight in the fridge. It is possible to use both raw, steam or boiled cauliflower and broccoli in your salad.

Using Bacon with Your Cauliflower Salad

To add an extra dimension to your cauliflower salad you can make it using bacon.For this you will need:
  • A small lettuce
  • A medium size cauliflower
  • 8 rashers of bacon with their rind removed
  • Some freshly ground pepper
  • A tablespoon of vinegar
  • Some parsley that has been chopped
  • A tablespoon of oil slat

First cook the cauliflower in salted water until it becomes tender. Once tender remove from water and allow to cool. Once cooled remove the hard stems, so you are left with just the floret. Next use the lettuce leaves as a bed and place the florets on top of the leaves.

Take the bacon and fry until crispy. Once crispy remove from frying pan and drain off any excess oil. Once you have done this make your dressing by mixing vinegar, salt, pepper and oil. When well combined pour the dressing over the cauliflower and top with bacon and parsley.

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