Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cauliflower: Return of My Nemesis

Well, it happened again last night. 

Wednesday evening around 5:12 I looked into my fridge and discovered a cauliflower that had been there for a little while. It needed using right away and a few dicey bits cut off.

What to do with a cauliflower (or broccoli) that needs using... NOW?! Here is my go-to salad recipe for cauliflower and broccoli.

RECIPE: Cauliflower Salad

1 cauliflower head or 3 broccoli florets
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup wine (or 1/4 cup wine vinegar)
1 tsp ground garlic or 2 cloves minced
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
nuts & seeds
raisins & craisins
any firm veggies in the fridge that need eating

> In a large bowl mix the mayo, wine (or vinegar), garlic, and pepper. I then chuck all the chopped veg in on top. Alternately, you could mix it in a jar then only pour on as much dressing as you would like.

> Chop up the cauliflower and/or broccoli. There is no real "method" here, just chop up all the floret bits then slice and dice the stems, it all goes in.

> Chop up whatever other veggies and fruit are going in. Here are some suggestions:
- radish
- bell pepper
- grapes
- apple
- carrots
- cucumber
- cilantro
- flat leaf parsley
- basil
- green onion
- red onion
- frozen peas, thawed
- sugar snap peas (still in the pod)
- I'm sure there are more...

Next, I dump in several handfulls of craisins and sunflower seeds. Toss with the dressing and enjoy! If your raisins or craisins are old or stale, let them soak in the wine as you are chopping then make the dressing at the very end, leaving the craisins in it.

Last night for dinner, the boys were not as interested in the "stroganoff" because they both ate such a huge portion of this salad first they had a hard time fitting in the home made noodles and mushroom medley sauce. 

NOTE: For the meaty at heart, the traditional version of this salad involves dicing and cooking up a package of bacon, draining off the fat, and adding that straight to the salad. That version is particularly addictive!!


  1. Every picture of your food looks like it came out of the Better Homes and Garden magazine!!!! Can I come eat at your house???? :-D Janice M.

  2. Janice - Thank you!! I assure you my house is a regular one that we live in with two little boys and two big dogs (well, three this week). Come for dinner indeed - that would be fun!!

  3. I'll try this recipe today. I love cauliflowers :) Thank you!! - Tawm Rosendal, Thailand

  4. Tawm - let me know what you think! What do you usually make with cauliflower?