Cauliflower salad

bronwyncarlisle
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My friend Stacey's recipe.

Cut a cauliflower into very small florets then cook very briefly - they want to be still crunchy. More or less just blanch them. Mix them with a cup or so of frozen diced mixed veges (yes, I said "What?!!!" too, I don't generally class them as fit to be eaten) and a cup or so of roasted peanuts. Make about a cup of dressing from equal parts of mayonnaise and peanut butter, and add a teaspoon or more of curry powder (taste it and see if you want more). Add enough to coat the veges and toss. Leave it for a bit to let the frozen veges defrost, then eat. It keeps well too, for a salad.

Update: I should add that the mayo doesn't need to be real mayo - it can be any sort of creamy salad dressing, I use a low fat one. Also, you don't NEED to use the frozen mixed veg. I made it the other day and added some leftover steamed cabbage, frozen soy beans, and diced raw red capsicum. It just wants to be something with a sweetish flavour and a bit of colour. Even a bit of dried fruit, like cranberries or sultanas would be good.

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maki
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Re: Cauliflower salad

Sounds delicious! I guess you could even bring it with the vegetables still frozen so that they defrost (and keep the bento cool) by lunchtime.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Cauliflower salad

I had thought of that, but the veges used are very small, I don't think they'd keep it cool for long. They're tiny diced carrots with corn kernels and peas. I forgot that not everyone has the same things!
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Re: Cauliflower salad

I must try this. I never knew mayo and peanut butter would taste good toguether o_O

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Re: Cauliflower salad

Mayo and peanut butter sounds great. I hate frozen carrot with a passion, I only use it in quiche/pies, so I think I'd have to use something else.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Cauliflower salad

I'm not fond of carrots at all, which is why it's so surprising that I like this. Somehow you don't notice the individual bits. But use something else red or orange by all means. Let me know what works.

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Re: Cauliflower salad

Oh my goodness, thank you so so so much for this recipe! I was a little skeptical at first (mayo and peanut butter?!) but I tried it anyway because I needed to get rid of the cauliflower in my fridge before it went bad. And this recipe is amazing! The dressing was sooooooooo yummy I just wanted to dip my finger in it and eat it up! It went so well with the cauliflower, too. I'm really glad you said that you could add dried fruit, because I didn't have just plain peanuts...but I did have trail mix! So I added that. The salad was nice and sweet and scrumptuous. I didn't add enough curry powder though, and I think I'll add a few other spices to give it more heat. Anyway, thanks so much for the brilliant recipe! It will be a staple at my place now!

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Re: Cauliflower salad

I think when my purple cauliflower starts producing I veganize this recipe, because it does sound lovely and from the looks of it I will have a ton of purple cauliflower.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Cauliflower salad

Glad you liked it. I had the advantage of tasting it before I made it - but I was very surprised to find out what was in it.

It is Stacey's "take to a barbecue" standby recipe, she says everyone loves it.

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