Cauliflower with Lemon & Olives

Cauliflower with Lemon & Olives

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine January/February 2010

Tangy lemon and briny olives perk up simple steamed cauliflower.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped oil-cured or kalamata olives


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  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add cauliflower, cover and steam until tender, about 4 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, remove skin and white pith from lemons with a sharp knife. Working over a bowl, cut segments from the membranes. Coarsely chop the segments and transfer to a serving bowl. Squeeze juice from the lemon peel and membranes and add 1 tablespoon of the juice to the bowl with the segments.
  3. Add oil, shallot, water, thyme, salt and pepper to the serving bowl. Stir to combine. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat. Sprinkle with olives. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: scant 1 cup
  • Per serving: 91 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 74 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 31 IU vitamin A; 71 mg vitamin C; 34 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 201 mg sodium; 408 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (110% daily value), Folate (17% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 2

February 07, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious side dish My daughter, a lover of all things citrus and olive, requests this dish frequently. My husband and I love it too. A nice alternative to roasted cauliflower, which is how we usually have cauliflower as a side dish. Pros: Different, great with heavy/cheesy main dish Cons: Dealing with lemon is a bit time consuming
February 12, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Love this! This was excellent! I loved the lemon/olive combination. It was also really good served cold the next day. Pros: simple with really great flavors