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Raw Cauliflower Couscous

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

 
This Raw Cauliflower Couscous recipe shocked the heck out of me. When I first looked at the list of ingredients, I thought, “Okay, I like all of these things. But raw? Shouldn’t I roast them or something?” It turns out that Tasty Kitchen member Spontaneous Hausfrau knew what she was doing when she grated cauliflower (a first for me) and tossed it with more veggies, olives, capers and a light dressing.

If you’re holding tight to your New Year’s resolutions, this is a salad to put in your meal rotation. Even if your resolutions already stood up and walked out the door as soon as you encountered the first decadent cupcake (and who could blame you?), I beg you to still give this a try. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Here is everything you’re going to need. Well, and a little salt and pepper.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Grate the cauliflower to form lovely little shreds of cauliflower. This is the coolest part and I’m still wondering why I never thought to do this.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Finely dice some carrots and red bell pepper. You want the pieces to be little so that they don’t overwhelm the delicate pieces of cauliflower.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Chop up some fresh basil and parsley and toss them into a bowl with the cauliflower, carrots and red pepper pieces.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Drizzle in a bit of olive oil, then add some finely diced sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives. This is where the punch of the flavor comes from.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Add some fresh lemon juice for some tang.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

And some lemon zest for extra flavor.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Chop some capers and toss them into the bowl. I’m always tempted to add extra capers because I’m a bit smitten with their flavor. Is it strange that I like to eat them straight? Okay, there’s no need to answer that.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Season with salt and pepper, stir everything together and serve it up. It’s that easy.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Raw Cauliflower Couscous. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member Sally of The Spontaneous Hausfrau.

Thank you to Sally for this delicious recipe. Be sure to check out Sally’s blog, The Spontaneous Hausfrau, for more of her inspired recipes.

 
 

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Raw Cauliflower Couscous

See the full recipe post on Spontaneous Hausfrau’s site!
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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 4

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Description

A crunchy, raw salad full of vegetables and zesty flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Cauliflower, Shredded
  • ½ cups Carrots, Finely Diced
  • ⅓ cups Red Pepper, Finely Diced
  • 4 Tablespoons Basil, Chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Parsley, Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Sundried Tomato, Finely Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Kalamata Olives, Finely Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Capers, Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons Pepper

Preparation Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss until combined. Chill for at least 1 hour to let the flavors combine.

 
 
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Dara Michalski is a doll and a sweetheart who clearly knows her way around the kitchen. She blogs at Cookin’ Canuck, where she shares her flavor-packed recipes and fun, engaging writing. The photography’s pretty incredible, too.

 

11 Comments

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Susan Parkinson on 1.31.2013

Excellent recipe – din’t have basil and was delicious even without. Recommend it highly!

Isra {TheFrugalette} on 1.21.2013

A raw salad..I would’ve never thought to put it all like that, what a great recipe!

Nola on 1.19.2013

I can’t wait to try this and yes, this will be perfect to take for lunches. I love every ingredient and I too would eat capers by themselves (such a punch of flavor) Thank you for this clever post!!

Ricki on 1.18.2013

I just adore salads like this one. And raw cauliflower (well, cooked, too) is so versatile! This looks delicious. Must try. :)

Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on 1.18.2013

This salad is right on my alley on so many levels- well done Dara!