Monday, June 25, 2012

Cauliflower, Green Grape, raw vegan Cheese & Herb Salad with Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette

I don't exactly know when my love for Cauliflower happened, but it's sneakiness has definitely caught me off guard -- I can't seem to get away from it! If you're not a fan of this crunchy white cruciferous veggie, you may want to think twice and give it one more try. This week I'm still on the subject of Mediterranean recipes, and since Summer is officially upon us I can think of no better time to eat bright colorful zesty meals! This dish would also be a great addition to any fourth of July get-together. The ingredients might make some guests raise an eyebrow, but after the first bite you won't need to do any more convincing -- I promise!
Cauliflower, Green Grape, Cheese & Herb Salad with Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette
This dish yields roughly 4 to 6 side servings
Step 1. 
Cauliflower Prep
First you're going to need 1 batch of the Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette found here (click)
In a large bowl combine:
 5 cups Cauliflower florets 
1 batch of 
1 Tbsp Spanish Smoked Paprika
Salt & Cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • Mix together everything evenly
  • Transfer everything to a ziplock bag and remove as much of the air from the ziplock bag as you can
  • Place your marinated Cauliflower in the fridge and let it sit/chill for at least 2 hours - over night is even better
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Step 2
Salad Components 
*notes garnish
All of your Cauliflower from Step 1
1 c Red Bell Pepper thinly sliced
1/2 c flat leaf Italian Parsley chopped
1/2 c Green Onion chopped
*3/4 c Green Grapes sliced in half
*AtV Sour Cream on the side for additional flavor depth
In a bowl mix together:
Cauliflower, Pepper, Green Onion, Parsley
*Garnish the Salad with the sliced Green Grapes and Parm Cheese
*Serve the AtV Sour Cream on the side for those who'd like additional creamy flavor depth -- or you can also opt to mix in 1/2 cup of AtV Sour Cream to the Salad itself.
Yum!

xoxo,

8 comments:

  1. wow that looks so delicious! and those colors! yum!

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  2. Beautiful Sarahfae! I bet the grapes and parm set off the flavors perfectly. Now, if Portland would get some sunshine I would totally make this for a picnic :)

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    1. Thanks, Nikki!
      I think we're having some of the same weather as Portland down here in Humboldt. It feels like Autumn today! Where is Summer?!

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  3. Ooh! YES! Too bad there's no grapes around here at the moment. Looks devine x

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  4. Wow, that looks so good and so pretty!!! Mmmm!!!

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  5. Beautiful! I just bought my first tin of smoked paprika so I am thrilled to try it in your recipe.
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

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  6. I made this dressing today - it is really really good! Really! I haven't got any tomatoes ready yet, so I used some canned ones minced up ....it worked great. Yum

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