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Cauliflower Salad

Creamy Cauliflower Salad – A Refreshing Side Dish

 

Creamy cauliflower salad is a light and refreshing side dish that’s perfect for picnics, barbecues, or as a healthy addition to your everyday meals. It combines the mild, nutty flavor of cauliflower with a creamy dressing, a hint of crunch from bacon, and a burst of freshness from green onions and parsley. This salad is easy to make and a great way to enjoy the benefits of cauliflower in a delicious way. Let’s dive into the recipe!

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4-5 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Creamy Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Cauliflower:
    • Wash the cauliflower and cut it into bite-sized florets. Steam or blanch the cauliflower until it’s crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Cook the Bacon:
    • In a skillet, cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Once cooked, place it on paper towels to remove excess grease. Crumble the bacon into small pieces.
  3. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, and garlic powder until the dressing is smooth and well combined.
  4. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower florets, crumbled bacon, sliced green onions, and chopped parsley. Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Add the Dressing:
    • Pour the creamy dressing over the cauliflower mixture. Gently toss everything together until the cauliflower is evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Chill and Serve:
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the salad for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld.
  7. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve the creamy cauliflower salad as a side dish at your next meal or as a delicious and healthy addition to your picnic or barbecue spread.

Cook’s Notes:

 

  • Fresh vs. Frozen Cauliflower: While fresh cauliflower is ideal, you can use frozen cauliflower florets if they’re more convenient. Just make sure to blanch or steam them until they are thawed and crisp-tender.
  • Make It Ahead: This salad can be made a day in advance. In fact, it often tastes even better after the flavors have melded in the refrigerator.
  • Variations: Feel free to customize your cauliflower salad with additional ingredients like shredded cheese, chopped red onions, or even roasted nuts for added crunch.

Creamy cauliflower salad is a wonderful way to enjoy the goodness of cauliflower in a new and tasty format. Its creamy dressing and the contrasting textures make it a delightful and healthy addition to any meal. Enjoy! 🥦🥓🥗😋

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