Sunday, July 13, 2008

Raw Recipe -- Sweet Cauliflower Salad

I have quite the sweet tooth and tend to like my salads with fruit in them. I don't mind soups or sauces to have their savory vegetable flavors, but for fresh, I'm happy to overpower it with sweetness.

I never ate cauliflower growing up (that I remember -- if it was offered to me, I probably stuck it in a napkin & put it in my pocket). The first year I was married, I went to a cooking night at church and discovered this cauliflower salad. I've made it ever since. I haven't met anyone who loves it nearly as much as I do, but that doesn't bother me. It's my wonderful way to get some cauliflower into my body.

The sauce used to consist of mayonnaise with fresh lemon juice mixed in. Since eating raw, I decided to try 1/4 c. nuts in a blender with fresh lemon juice and it tastes just the same (if not better).

Here's the recipe:

1 head cauliflower
3-4 bananas
1/2 c. dates
1/4 c. nuts (I've tried walnuts, cashews, & macadamia nuts and they all work well)
Juice from 1 or 2 lemons (1 if you juice it, 2 if you squeeze by hand)

Cut the first 3 ingredients into bite-sized pieces (the dates even smaller so they can spread around the salad well). Place into a salad bowl. Blend nuts and lemon juice in the blender and mix into salad. You can eat it immediately, but it's even tastier when the juices have soaked in a bit in the refrigerator.

Let me know what you think of it. I'd love to hear if it ever becomes anyone else's favorite too!


  1. Just made this for the first time. It is *so* yummy! My kids are scarfing it down, too. Thanks so much for the delish recipe.

  2. this sounds amazing, thank you for this unique idea!