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Cauliflower salad with olives

Written by Veronica Lavenia

Cauliflower salad with olives is a winner of the autumn/winter Sicilian table.

As a child, I did not like cauliflower. I didn’t like the taste, and I assumed that, therefore, it could not be nutritional. The prejudices we have about certain foods can sometimes mean we neglect them in favour of other more attractive ingredients. Thus, we lose the opportunity to experience new flavors and culinary experiences.

This cauliflower salad with olives is simple but rich in flavor, and is best consumed in autumn (Fall) and winter. A quality extra virgin olive oil, excellent black olives and, of course, a fresh cauliflower (better if organic), make this recipe so special.

Usually, when cooking cauliflower, it is preferable to add a tablespoon of white wine or apple cider vinegar to avoid the unpleasant smell. If the vegetable is organic you’ll hardly notice the unpleasant smell.

Cauliflower salad with olives: Ingredients

Serves 2

1 small cauliflower

1 parsley sprig

10 black olives, pitted, halved

1 garlic clove, crushed

extra virgin olive oil, to taste

Pinch of sea salt 

Cauliflower salad with olives: Method

  1. Place the cauliflower on a cutting board. With a knife, remove the stem and the outer leaves. Divide the cauliflower into florets (if they are large, cut them in half).
  2. Place the florets in a colander and rinse them with cold water one by one. Steam the florets for 30 minutes (or boil them in salted water for 15 minutes).
  3. Remove the parsley stalks and chop the leaves.
  4. Place the parsley and olives in a bowl. Add the crushed garlic, oil, pepper, salt and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the garlic from the parsley and pour the mixture over the cauliflower. Stir gently and serve.

PH. Veronica Lavenia

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

PhD (former University academic). Italian based writer and magazine contributor. Authors of six books (five cookbooks), some of her works have appeared and appears in the most popular International food magazine, as "Vegetarian Living"; "Veggie Magazine"; "Lifestyle FOOD"; "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide; "Chickpea"; "Gluten free Heaven";" TML", among others. EVOO Communicator.