Recently I made a delicious salad with cauliflower, pomegranate seeds, and walnuts and I have to share the recipe with you all. It’s perfect for summer days when you want a cooling, fresh salad with just a hint of sweetness. My whole family loved it! Click MORE for the whole recipe and variations you can make.
For the salad
1 large cauliflower – raw
1 large pomegranate
1 large red onion
4 small apricots
A handful of walnuts
For the dressing
- In a food processor process the cauliflower until you have small pieces which look like large bits of snow. If you don’t have food processor then grate the cauliflower. Put into a large bowl.
- Cut the pomegranate, take out all the seeds, and add to the cauliflower.
- I have seen chefs do it on TV by whacking the poor fruit until the seeds drop out – there is so much wastage if you do it this way. I prefer to slice the pomegranate (not to deep) all the way round and then open it up like a flower so that I can then take the seeds out without missing any.
- Slice the red onion and apricots into small pieces and roughly chop the walnut. Add them all to the cauliflower and pomegranates.
- For the dressing add one tablespoon of maple syrup and one of the cider vinegar. Mix the salad thoroughly and taste. Add more or either / both dependent on your taste.
- Add salt to taste.
And that’s it! The amazing thing about this salad (apart from it being really easy to make) is that you can swap the ingredients and vary the amounts to your hearts content. Having the base flavour of be cauliflower means that you can have much stronger flavours without all of them clashing. Here are just some of the variations you can make:
- Ditch the onion. I personally love onions so wouldn’t but you can if you find the flavour of raw onion too strong.
- Add apples and plums instead of or in addition to the apricots.
- Compliment the flavour of walnuts with other nuts – I personally think this salad tastes amazing with almonds too.
- Swap the vinegar for lemon juice.
- Swap the maple syrup for honey.
- Add some cheese. I haven’t tried it yet with cheese but I can see a strongly flavoured cheese doing very well in this salad.
I really hope you give this salad a go and let me know what you think of the results!