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Cauliflower 'Couscous' Salad 🥗

Updated: May 9

Cauliflower 'Couscous' Salad

I never liked eating raw cauliflower until I discovered this salad that is so YUM! 🥦🌟

Cauliflower has become an increasingly popular ingredient in plant-based cooking, thanks to its versatility and nutritional benefits.

One of the best ways to enjoy this cruciferous vegetable is in the form of cauliflower 'couscous' - a lighter alternative to traditional grain-based couscous.

Eating raw cauliflower not only provides a satisfying crunch but also retains more of its vital nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber, which support immune health and digestion. This Cauliflower 'Couscous' Salad mixes raw cauliflower with a melody of colorful veggies, dressed in a light, homemade dressing, perfect for a quick healthy lunch, or as a refreshing side dish for dinner. 🌈✨ Save this recipe to add some nutritious sparkle to your meal prep ideas!

Cauliflower 'Couscous' Salad Recipe

  • Servings: 6

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • Cook Time: 0 minutes

  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: (affiliate links)

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cored and broken into florets

  • 12 pitted dates, chopped

  • 1 bunch of spring onions, chopped

  • 1 yellow pepper, finely diced

  • 1 red pepper, finely diced

  • 7 sprigs of fresh mint, leaves only, chopped

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes


  1. Prepare the Cauliflower: Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until it resembles couscous. Be careful not to over-process to avoid turning it mushy.

  2. Combine Veggies & Dates: In a large mixing bowl, mix the cauliflower 'couscous' with the chopped dates, spring onions, yellow and red peppers.

  3. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon zest, ground cinnamon, and chili flakes.

  4. Dress & Toss: Pour the dressing over the cauliflower mixture and toss well to coat everything evenly.

  5. Add Fresh Mint: Sprinkle the chopped mint leaves over the salad and give it a final mix.

  6. Chill & Serve: Optionally, let the salad chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together beautifully.

Nutritional Facts (estimated per serving):

  • Calories: 150 kcal

  • Protein: 2 g

  • Fat: 10 g

  • Carbohydrates: 15 g

  • Fiber: 3 g

  • Sugar: 10 g

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🥦🎉 That's a wrap on my Cauliflower 'Couscous' Salad! Did you know that eating cauliflower raw keeps all its crunchy goodness and nutrients intact?

I'm curious—how do you feel about the taste of raw cauliflower? Love it? Not a fan? 🤔 If you tried it in this salad, did it change your mind?

Drop your thoughts and any cauliflower tales in the comments below. Let’s see how many of us have turned into raw cauliflower converts! 🌟👇

Remember to share your delicious dishes with me, I love seeing your own creations! 🌶️🥗

xo, Cheryl

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Aug 24, 2022

This was very good. I was watching another video and not paying attention and didn't see until too late that I was suppose to mix cauliflower, mint, oil, etc. together. I added each ingredient after I had already put the cauliflower in the bowl mixed with the peppers and onions. I didn''t have any chili flakes so put a little chili powder in there. It was a hit so this is a keeper. Might cut down on the oil next time. I prefer no oil recipes and not sure what that adds other than lots of calories. Thank you!

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