Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Zesty Cauliflower And Tomato Salad

I know that whining about the heat is like preaching to the choir for most of you, because from making my daily blog rounds I'm finding that nearly everyone is preparing food that eliminates the need to turn on the oven or stove. So I'll be different today. I won't whine about the heat. See how grown up I can be?

Instead I'll just promise you that this salad is going to be refreshing and light-tasting and delight all you warm weather whiners.

Let's start with the dressing, shall we?

Italian Dressing Mix (adapted from allrecipes.com)

1 TBSP garlic powder
1 TBSP onion powder
1 TBSP Splenda (or sugar)
2 TBSP dried oregano leaves
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 TBSP dried parsley
1/4 tsp celery salt
2 TBSP kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix all the spices together in a small bowl. Place in an airtight container and store for future batches of dressing. You're only going to need 1 TBSP for this recipe.

2 TBSP white vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 TBSP water
1 TBSP of the above spice mix

Place ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well to combine. Store in refrigerator until ready to make salad. (It actually tastes better if you can make the dressing a day ahead, but you can also add it immediately to the vegetables as long as you refrigerate the entire salad for several hours to marry the flavors.)

Assembling the salad:

1/2 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 cup of diced sweet onion
3 medium tomatoes, cored and seeded, diced
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (I also shaved a few slices for the top to make it pretty!)

Combine all vegetables in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the vegetables and stir well to combine. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.


June (JBug) said...

Yumm. Looks so colorful, delicious and healthy...but to quote what I heard this morning "where's the meat?" LOL

Arnold said...

This looks fantastic, that dressing is something else. Summer is not too far away here in my neck of the woods so I will be needing this recipe soon. Thanks.

Lyndsey said...

It looks so pretty and good!!

Julie said...

Beautiful salad, Mags! Finally we've had a bit of a cool down here. I am still TRYING to not complain, it's better than winter.

Pam said...

Great salad and I love that combo! Plus, it looks pretty!

Pam said...

This is an unusual salad!

Natalie said...

great recipe! I love cauliflower and never seem to find good recipes for it.I can't wait to try this!

Federica said...

wow che bella colorata e invitante!!bravissima!!!!!!!!!!

Moogie said...

Mags... I love salads. All kinds of salads. And this one looks delish.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ooh... I love that recipe for the Italian dressing mix. I love to make my own salad dressings, and I've figured out lots of vinaigrettes, but still buy bottles of Italian dressing because mine never seems to taste the same. I'll definitely be making that ASAP.

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!
I recently launched my own blog, I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! :) Thanks!

Cucee Sprouts said...

What a vegetable this is. I love how versatile cauliflower is. I so tempted to try your recipe later this week (I have 3 heads of cauliflower waiting for me at home.) I will come back to your site and report on how your recipe turned out for sure! Would you like to take a look at my most recent cauliflower creation? http://cuceesprouts.com/2010/09/marinated-cauliflower-salad/