Raw Cauliflower Tabbouli

Cauliflower tabbouleh

Don’t get me wrong —there’s nothing wrong with making tabbouli (the Middle Eastern classic grain-and-parsley salad) with bulgur, or even the modern rendition, with quinoa. Especially the latter, yum! But in the summer I just love to eat really light, and discovered the trick of making a grain-like salad backdrop from raw cauliflower. Try this salad simply as is or with the optional variations listed below. Serve with hummus (ready-made or homemade), fresh pita, and stuffed grape leaves for an easy meal.

Serves: 6

  • 1/2 small head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley
    (mostly leaves; some stem is fine to include)
  • 3 medium firm, ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 2 to 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • Several fresh mint leaves, to taste, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 large lemon, or more, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the cauliflower and parsley in the workbowl of a food processor. Pulse on and off until the cauliflower is finely chopped. Stop and scrape down the sides; pulse on and off again until the cauliflower is reduced to grain-like crumbs.

Combine with the remaining ingredients in a serving container and stir together. Cover and let stand for an hour or so before serving if time allows.

Cauliflower tabbouleh2Variations: Here are some nontraditional additions to add to this already nontraditional version of tabbouli (include any or all):

  • 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup sliced pitted black olives (preferably cured,
    such as Kalamata)
  • Finely diced cucumber (1/2 cup or so)
  • Fresh dill (just a little)

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