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 comments… add one }
  • Julia September 14, 2010, 6:37 PM

    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 :)

  • Faina September 14, 2010, 6:39 PM

    I am looking forward to trying your new cauliflower recipe, Julia!

  • Honey September 14, 2010, 7:01 PM

    these look so good. that’s interesting, i’ve never known anyone who is a cauliaholic. :-) this is a really nice blog.

  • Petra (Zoom Yummy) September 14, 2010, 7:08 PM

    Oh Gosh, those are the best ingredients I know that you’ve used in this salad. It’s completely mouthwatering! :) Petra

  • Alea September 14, 2010, 7:10 PM

    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.

  • Faina September 14, 2010, 7:12 PM

    I love orange cauliflower! The color is so pretty and it taste great when you roast it too….

  • A Little Yumminess September 14, 2010, 7:17 PM

    I have never heard of a cauliflower obsession like yours :) and neither have I heard of marinated cauliflower – this could be good!

  • Mags September 14, 2010, 7:59 PM

    What a lovely blog you have here. Of course I subscribed to it!

  • Stephanie September 14, 2010, 8:23 PM

    I love this recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

  • lubos September 15, 2010, 1:27 AM

    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!

  • Lynne Webb September 15, 2010, 2:36 AM

    What a great combination of ingredients ~ sure to make the most of the cauliflower’s natural flavors.

  • citronetvanille September 15, 2010, 2:40 AM

    Lovely recipe, very appetizing. Never heard of a caulihilic! How funny, at least you won’t need to worry about your waste line with your addiction!

  • Dee September 15, 2010, 3:40 AM

    This is delicious looking. So glad you will give my cauliflower a try. Have a great day.

  • Gracie Ritter September 15, 2010, 1:10 PM

    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

  • food-4tots September 15, 2010, 3:33 PM

    I haven’t tried a cauliflower salad before. Your salad looks absolutely delish and healthy! And, beautiful shot too! ;)

  • My Man's Belly September 15, 2010, 3:53 PM

    What’s not to love about cauliflower…it’s so darn versatile! What a light and refreshing recipe.

  • Faina September 15, 2010, 4:02 PM

    Yes, luckily this is a healthy addiction :)

  • Terri September 15, 2010, 6:22 PM

    This looks delicious. I’m definitely going to give it try.

  • Julia November 6, 2010, 12:20 PM
  • Faina November 6, 2010, 3:37 PM

    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

  • Julia November 8, 2010, 2:16 PM

    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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