Tangy Cauliflower Salad

Tangy Cauliflower Salad

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2005

The salty, lemony and spicy flavors make each cauliflower floret "pop" in your mouth. This chilled salad is a great accompaniment for a sandwich, grilled meats or even pot roast.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 lemon, zested (2 teaspoons) and juiced (2 tablespoons)
  • 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets, (about 1 head), cooked until tender-crisp (see Tip)


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  1. Whisk garlic, capers, oil, vinegar, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl. Add cauliflower to the bowl and toss to coat. Chill the salad for 30 minutes, or overnight. Serve cold.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Tip: To cook florets: In a steamer basket, cover and steam 8 to 10 minutes for tender-crisp or 15 minutes for very tender. Or microwave, covered, with ¼ cup water for 2 to 4 minutes for tender-crisp or 3 to 5 minutes for tender. A 2-pound head of cauliflower yields about 8 cups bite-size florets.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 112 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 88 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 77 IU vitamin A; 91 mg vitamin C; 36 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 130 mg sodium; 292 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (152% daily value), Folate (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1½ fat

Reviews 4

May 13, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Refreshing and tasty! A great alternative to salads when you want to eat vegetables in the hot, humid summer heat. Capers and garlic gives this bland vegetable a much needed kick. I enjoy well seasoned food so I added and blended an anchovies filet to the olive oil (also increased the amount of olive oil to my taste+or- 1 Tbsp.). Very tasty ! Pros: Easy to make and only a few ingredients, Cons: Capers and garlic are really what gives bland cauliflower a kick so they should not be skipped
March 09, 2011
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By: Ashlee Yap
Incredible! I've been looking for some new ways to prepare veggies for dinner sides and love cauliflower so I thought I'd give this one a try. My boyfriend doesn't care for capers so I left them out, and it turned out just AWESOME! It was so refreshing and unique, would be the perfect salad to bring to a summer get together. I let my coworkers try it the next day and they hounded me for the recipe!
September 21, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
We tried this without the capers, I don't really care for them, it was not good...don't know if that is the difference or not, we won't make it again. Sue, Mountain Home, ID
September 21, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
My college student came home after finals and before summer session, I told her I was trying some new healthy recipes. This turned out to be a new favorite. We love it and it is wonderfully healthy and cool for a hot summer day. Kaye, Greenville, SC
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