cauliflower & herb salad

Cauliflower is such a boring veggie, right? It is – unless you roast it like this, or chop it finely and make a beautiful, rich salad, like this one. I promise, after you try these recipes, you’ll start cooking it more often. 



The secret is to combine with ingredients, which have stronger flavors. For example, if you roast it, mix it with smoked paprika or curry powder (infused in oil). If you eat it raw, make sure to cut the florets finely, so they absorb the other flavors.

Before you chop the cauliflower, wash and dry it with a clean kitchen towel. You can slice the florets finely with a sharp knife or with a Japanese mandoline.

Don’t throw away the stalky part. You can chop it finely, then roast it as I mentioned above, or keep it whole, coat it with tahini butter and roast it in a 200°C or 400°F preheated oven.

Cauliflower and Herb Salad

  • 1 small or medium cauliflower, only florets finely chopped with a sharp knife or ½ cup finely chopped mint
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds (in a skillet over low heat until golden, don’t add oil!)
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped and toasted (you can toast them in the same skillet as the sunflower seeds)
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • A dash of white pepper (or black pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup (optional)


Put all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix all the dressing ingredients, then pour them over the salad. Toss and correct seasoning.

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  • Reply Sharone October 14, 2016 at 13:19

    Trying this one for Shabbat dinner tonight! TJ sells it already cut, easy peasy looks deliciousy!

    • Reply Shelly October 14, 2016 at 18:52

      Shabat shalom! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Sharone October 15, 2016 at 16:51

    This yummy salad was on our dinner table, delicious!! Next this week is the Bagles… Can’t find really good ones in LA (when I was in NY last month It hit on me that the bagels here are not the real deal!).

    • Reply Shelly October 15, 2016 at 22:31

      They are very easy to make. But FYI, there is a bagel shop on Larchmont street that pretty good bagels. It’s not Noah bagels, don’t remember the name but it’s by a bookstore (which we also love). My next post is My LA, you’ll like it.

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