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Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Dressing

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Shaved Cauliflower Salad is the perfect crunchy side dish, combining thinly sliced cauliflower, red onion, pistachios, yellow raisins, and a lemon dressing. This one is a family favorite.

A bowl of shaved cauliflower salad with pistachios on top.

Mike and I were recently in downtown Dallas for a day out, encouraged by our youngest son who was having a “get-together” at the house with his friends. So we did a little bit of shopping, then hit the Katy Trail Ice House for a beer (or two), and ended up at Americano for dinner.

Since we are regular foodies, and ALWAYS share as many items on the menu as possible, we ordered a shaved cauliflower salad, a pasta dish and a pizza. It was all amazingly delicious, and we pretty much cleaned it up. Not hard when you share food with a marathoner.

A bowl of the cauliflower salad divided by ingredient.

So let’s talk about the cauliflower salad. It was SO good, and I love finding new and interesting salads to try. Especially when they involve a light dressing, because you really don’t need heavy salad dressings. Ever.

This salad is simple.

  1. shaved cauliflower
  2. thinly sliced red onion
  3. pistachios
  4. golden raisins

The dressing is even simpler!

  1. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  2. olive oil
  3. honey
  4. salt and pepper

I’ve tested this salad several times. Because it’s a good excuse to make it again and again.

A couple of notes:

  • Be sure to slice the cauliflower VERY thin. I used a knife but you could use a mandolin on the thinnest setting. I don’t trust myself with the mandolin anymore, because I have cut myself too many times with it. That thing is dangerous!
  • Red onion gives this much better flavor than green onions. Personal preference.
  • Use slightly more lemon juice than olive oil. This defies my usual method, but the lemon is the key to giving the salad a super light taste.
  • I don’t think Americano used honey in the dressing, but I think it needed a touch of sweet.
  • If you want to add extra pistachios and raisins, go for it. They add flavor big time.

Enjoy!

xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of a bowl of shaved cauliflower salad.

Make this salad next: Healthy Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

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xoxo ~Sue

A bowl of shaved cauliflower salad with pistachios on top.

Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Dressing

Shaved Cauliflower Salad is the perfect crunchy side dish, combining thinly sliced cauliflower, red onion, pistachios, yellow raisins, and a lemon dressing. This one is a family favorite.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower – washed, trimmed, and thinly shaved
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios – roasted and salted
  • 1/3 cup red onion – sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice – about one large lemon or two small
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper – to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and trip stems off the head of cauliflower. Take individual flowers, and thinly slice the cauliflower. Make sure you get it as thin as possible. You can also use a mandolin.
  • Add cauliflower to large serving bowl. Then add raisins, pistachios, and red onion. 
  • Mix the dressing, by combining olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper. Shake well.
  • Pour dressing over cauliflower salad, and mix well.
  • Serve salad, or store in refrigerator. The flavors get even better after sitting for awhile.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 77.6mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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One Comment

  1. This salad is interesting and amazing! So simple with 8 ingredients and also so healthy. I am not exaggerating when I say I could eat this daily! A must!

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