This is one of those salads that can easily replace a meal. It is very hearty, delicious, and healthy at the same time. Crunchy mellowness from the cauliflower and the creaminess from avocado and tahini and the spicy kick from red chili combines very beautifully.
To confess when I first made this salad Niki was not convinced that it would taste good. But as she took her first bite she was pleasantly surprised at how great it tasted and gladly ate all the contents served to her.
This is a brilliant salad as it is gluten free, low calorie and nutrient dense and also has a good protein content. Approximately one cup of cauliflower has 2 gms of protein. It is a great substitute for people looking for low carb foods. Riced cauliflower is very popular these days as it is a great substitute for rice and potatoes which are carb heavy in turn aiding in weight gain etc.
It’s salad time…
- 1 whole cauliflower, cut into medium size florets
- Salt to taste
- ½ tsp black pepper, ground
- 2 tsp oil
- 8-10 red radish, thinly sliced
- ½ cucumber, cut into rounds and cut into half again
- For the dressing:
- 1 avocado, mashed well
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tbsp tahini
- Few pinches of turmeric
- 2-3 tsp oil
- ½ tsp crushed red chili
Place cauliflower florets on a baking sheet or any glass dish. Add oil, salt and pepper mix well and place in a 400 degrees F preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cauliflower will get slightly crispy and light brown in color.
While cauliflower is baking mix all the ingredients for the dressing. If you want to get a pourable consistency add a few tbsps of water. You can also add oil if you prefer.
As the cauliflower cools a bit add cucumber and radish. Add the dressing and toss well. Serve warm.
I mentioned 3-4 servings because when I make this we eat the salad as a meal, you can also serve as an accompaniment to any meal which then can be served to more people.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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