Monday, July 9, 2012

Creamy Ranch Cauliflower Salad & 4th of July Re-Cap

Another week has flown by!
My brother's visit was such a nice one, filled with lots of bowling and barbecues -- pretty much a winning combination, right? At the moment I'm playing quite a bit of email catch up, cleaning out the leftovers in my fridge, and making sure to fit in some necessary puppy-snuggle time. I wanted to share with you some of the photos from my July 4th festivities, well as an amazingly simple and delicious salad that was an unexpected hit in between all of the ping pong and hula hooping that took place over the last few days... 
Down at the annual July 4th festival, stopping into my friend's tattoo parlor for a hug and hello
My little Lucy, with her new boyfriend Angel
The giant outdoor table of food - about 90% of it's raw vegan, but you wouldn't know it - and it doesn't matter because it's all SO good!!
My plate (one of many yummy plates)
Creamy Ranch Cauliflower Salad
This is basically my version of the all-too-familiar cold pasta salad that can be found at just about every deli cold case. You won't believe how addictive this salad is, and I really hope you'll give it a try this Summer!
Step 1
The Cauliflower
  • 2 large heads of Cauliflower = roughly 6 to 7 cups of florets
  • Break your Cauliflower into florets and place them in a large mixing bowl
Toss all of your 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. 
Wilted Cherry Tomatoes
So easy to make:
Thinly slice them into little rounds
Choose one of the following Raw Vegan Warming Methods noted here(click)
Proceed to dry the tomatoes until they've wilted down but still maintain a little bit of their natural juiciness 
I estimate anywhere from 2 to 5 hours drying time
Step 3
Better than Kraft Ranch Dressing
...once you're made all three components, the only thing left to do is put them all together!
If you make this salad using the amount of Cauliflower noted in Step 1 then you should have enough salad to serve roughly 6 to 7 people. The amount of Ranch that you use is up to you, and so is the wilted Cherry Tomatoes.

Happy outdoor eating!



  1. yummy, as usual...
    great day! and what a couple :-)

  2. what a fun day! and with fabulous eats! that cauliflower sounds right up my alley!

  3. Oh man that fourth of July feast looks absolutely amazing!! I'm quite the jealous girl right now (:
    <3 Brittany @WeHeartVegan(DOT)com