Marinated Cauliflower Salad

Marinated Cauliflower Salad
Marinated Cauliflower Salad

My name is Cucee Sprouts and I am addicted to Cauliflower. There are many chocoholics, carboholics, sushiholics out there. Well, I am a Cauliholic.

I have all the signs of being an addict:

  1. I cannot go for more than a week without a cauliflower dish
  2. I cannot be trusted around cauliflower – I can finish two days worth of it in one sitting
  3. I have to have at least one extra head of cauliflower stashed in my fridge, just in case (currently, I’ve got 3)
  4. I can be talked into all sorts of unorthodox behavior while enjoying my cauliflower. On Thursday, my kids talked me into baking a desert – at 9 pm!
  5. I constantly search for new cauliflower recipes, even though I already have close to 30

Well, it’s Monday and the week is off to a good start. Tonight, we are having a Mediterranean dinner. The star of the meal – Marinated Cauliflower. Slightly tangy, tastefully crunchy, and refreshingly light, it has become a favorite of many that tried it, including my sister-in-law Svetlana. Sveta, this recipe is for you!

Marinated Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Adapted from September 2010 issue of Vegetarian Times

Marinated Cauliflower Salad
Marinated Cauliflower Salad


  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz cauliflower
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced (but you can use a lot more – just double the dressing if you do)
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped fresh
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Whisk together lemon juice, mustard, garlic and oil in small bowl. Toss with cauliflower in large nonreactive bowl, cover and refrigerate 4 to 8 hours. Stir 1 or 2 times while marinating.
  2. Stir bell pepper and parsley onto marinated cauliflower. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan.

Wine pairing

Believe it or not, we are not having wine tonight. With all the Rosh Hashanah celebrations and birthday parties, we have drunk way too much wine last week and need a greatly needed break. However, I still have a perfect suggestion for wine – a crisp, fruity and memorable Riesling

24 thoughts on “Marinated Cauliflower Salad

  1. Hello Cucee,

    thanks for leaving comment to my recipe :) I think I might have one more for you to go over 30 recipes with cauliflower, will try to get it done soon :)

  2. This sounds delicious! I have really come to appreciate cauliflower. yesterday I bought some orange cauliflower. I Just bought it for fun, without having a recipe in mind. I think I will try it your Marinated Cauliflower recipe.

  3. Hey, thanks for stopping by my site. Your cauliflower dish sounds so much healthier. But I don’t know about tastier. You can’t go wrong with fried :) Anyway, love your photos!

  4. That looks amazing, even though I don’t like raw cauliflower. I wonder if I couldn’t microwave-steam it partially and cool it before tossing? Definitely an idea to play around with. Also I am thinking if I steam it there is no reason I cannot sneak a little bacon in there? LOL

  5. Mmmm. Looks delicious. I will need to figure out how what to use in place of mayo as we have egg allergies in the family

  6. Oh, these will be quite hard to do without eggs :(
    I think mayo can be skipped, it will influence taste a bit, but hope not that much.

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