Monday, April 16, 2012

Warm & Tender Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Salad

I've been going on a bit of a cauliflower bender over these last few weeks, and this recipe is on the top of my "favorite ways to eat cauliflower" list. This salad has also been growing increasingly popular with every event I bring it to (thanks to all of the taste testers!), and best of all it's really easy to make. You just need to have a bath of Creamy Garlic Miso Sauce ready, and a little bit of time to wait for the cauliflower to tenderize. You also have the option of eating this as a warm or chilled salad - making it very versatile to cold or hot weather climates. Oh, and it goes great into a wrap too! 
Now let's make a dreamy plate of food...
Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Salad
yields enough for roughly 4 to 5 servings if served on a hearty bed of greens
Step 1.
Cauliflower Prep
  • 2 medium sized heads of Cauliflower = roughly 5 cups of florets
  • Break your Cauliflower into florets and place them in a large mixing bowl
Toss your 5 cups Cauliflower Florets with:
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp Grape seed Oil (or other oil of choice)
1/2 tsp Salt
Pepper to Taste
Place your Cauliflower into a zip-lock baggy and remove as much of the air from the baggy as you can.
Let your Cauliflower marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours, or even better overnight. 
This marinating is part of the tenderizing process, and you won't believe how much your cauliflower changes to a wonderful blanched texture.
Step 2.
Warming and finishing Tenderizing
When you finish marinating your Cauliflower choose from one of the following: Raw Vegan Warming Methods note here (click).
  • Proceed to spread your cauliflower out onto either a dehydrator tray or parchment lined baking sheet
  • Warm your Cauliflower for 1 hour 
Transfer your Cauliflower to a large mixing bowl, and add the following:
3 Tbsp Mustard (your choice)
fresh minced Dill to taste
additional Salt and Pepper to taste
The only thing left to do from here is pile your Cauliflower on top of a big bed of greens and eat it!
Enjoy and happy eating!


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P.S. I'm still in the Midwest having all sorts of adventures by the Great Lakes. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for yummy and random photo updates involving my raw food adventures!


  1. This looks like cauliflower heaven on a plate. I'm all about miso sauces lately and will have to give this one a whirl. Hope you're enjoying the Midwest! I was in Wisconsin in January for a family visit. I really love Madison and Milwaukee :)

  2. Am I correct that the directions say to EITHER warm it in the dehydrator OR add the dill mixture to it, not both? This looks really, really good. I LOVE cauliflower!