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Warm Cauliflower Salad

Do you ever forget about your favorite dress, or a pair of earrings, or maybe your most comfortable pair of flats, only to rediscover and fall in love with it all over again?

It happens to me quite often, and not just with clothing and accessories. This past weekend, I rediscovered how much I love cauliflower.

Growing up, my dad used to boil cauliflower florettes, put them into an egg wash, drench them in bread crumbs and then pan fry them: amazing.

I've roasted cauliflower, made cauliflower soup and pan sauteed it with Indian spices and edamame.  I'm not going to go as far as to say that mashed cauliflower would replace mashed potatoes for me, but it's definitely a vegetable I enjoy.

How did this recipe for Warm Cauliflower Salad come about? Well, it was inspired by a recipe I read in Apron Anxiety. Alyssa's recipe was for a warm potato salad with mustard dressing.  I happened to have cauliflower in my refrigerator and switched out a few other ingredients to make this recipe my own. {Thank you, Mary, for letting me borrow the book!}

Warm Cauliflower Salad
Inspired by Apron Anxiety's Jennifer's Warm Potatoes with Mustard Recipe

Ingredients {2-4 portions}
1 head of cauliflower separated into florettes and cooked until tender in salted water {do not overcook!}
1 tablespoon Inglehoffer stone ground mustard {I discovered this mustard when I was visiting my parents in Seattle and completely fell for it. I had to buy it as soon as I got back to DC!}
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon capers
1-2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onions 

1. Drain the cauliflower and put it into a large salad bowl.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add to the cauliflower.
3. Add capers and red onions to the cauliflower and mustard dressing and gently combine.
4. Serve right away.

This is a great and easy-to-make side dish. If you manage not to eat the entire bowl right away, it is equally delicious the next day cold out of the refrigerator.

What is YOUR favorite dish that has cauliflower?

PS Big Thank You to my friend Nicole for creating a template in Photoshop that lets me add titles to my photos {see the top photo}. 


Lauren Keating said...

This looks great! I also love cauliflower, but usually think of it as a winter vegetable... I like that this seems appropriate for the warmer weather!

discojing said...

This looks great! What does the mustard taste like, sweet or spicy? I'm trying to think if I have a substitute. I've always liked cauliflower but Dan just recently started liking it because he tried it "Korean fried" style at a restaurant in Vancouver. I will definitely need to start using it more often I feel like this is a good gateway dish.

Hungry_Healthy_Happy said...

This looks really good - will be giving it a go.

DeliciousDish said...

Mustard, cauliflower, say no more. I must make this!

herbivoresheaven said...

This looks delicious! I can't think of many things better than a bowl full of cauliflower!

leslie said...

yeah, I tired the cauliflower "mashed potatoes" and they just didnt cut it!
but this looks amazing!