Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad

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I know I know, cauliflower again? Yes! Don’t fret. I mean honestly, do I ever steer you wrong? I can’t help that it’s just so dang versatile and accommodating!

Since we are still following a Keto diet, there are a few things I ‘miss’. (I use that very loosely, as I do not feel deprived of anything really). There seems to always be a secret door, though, to take me into the modified version, just takes a little creativity is all. I’m game for that!

I tell everyone who will listen that salad is my favorite ‘food group’. But seriously, salads are the BEST! The possibilities are endless, and when you have an expansive palate I swear you can never be bored. Some of my go-to staples are chicken salad (made with rotisserie chicken) on salad, dill-y tuna salad on salad, or Mediterranean roasted eggplant salad. Lately, though, I have had a hankering for tabbouleh. I often would make traditional tabbouleh salad with soaked bulgur and all the fixins’. But alas, this is not keto-friendly. Cauliflower to the rescue! My tried and true, right always-on-hand man, I figured it would be an easy enough swap. I was right!

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Yield: 2 servings

  • 1.5c riced cauliflower
  • 1/4c diced red onion
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, diced
  • 2-3 roma tomatoes or 1 extra large tomato, diced
  • 1/2c diced scallions
  • 1/2c parsley, chopped
  • 1/4c olive oil
  • ~3T lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2c crumbled feta

Microwave riced cauliflower for two minutes, to soften slightly. Toss with all ingredients except the feta cheese. Refrigerate at least 1 hour for the flavors to really marry and develop. I add the feta cheese at the end, so it doesn’t get soggy! I divvied this up between two lunch salads, and paired it with a lemon dill vinaigrette (not totally necessary, but I wanted my lettuce to be coated in a something).

*I completely forgot to put my scallions in it this time, thus the picture is without. But I always use them!

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These are my rough estimates, but feel free to modify as you taste!

It makes me dream of summer as I stare out at the drab remnants of winter’s destruction. I hope this makes you feel summery too, and you will master this simple recipe in time for an outdoor cookout! It could just as easily be used as a refreshing side dish as well.

Cheers!

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