Salad Week: Quite Possibly the Strangest Salad You May Never Eat

I’ll be honest. The reaction I usually get when I talk about this salad is “ewww!” I get it. It’s weird. But oddly enough, it’s really delicious. Especially if you love cauliflower. Now, I’m not going to beat you over the head and tell you how you just HAVE to try this one. But if you’re adventurous, and if you love cauliflower, then at least promise me that you’ll consider giving it a try. I would hope that you would trust me by now. It’s not like I’m asking you to eat a bug, after all.

Raw Cauliflower Salad:
1 medium head of cauliflower
1 small can of chopped black olives
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup mayonnaise
a pinch each of salt & pepper

Remove the leaves and stems from the cauliflower, leaving just the florets. Chop the florets into 1/2″ pieces and toss them into a mixing bowl. Add the olives, scallions, mayonnaise, salt & pepper and stir to combine. Place into an air-tight container with a tight-fitting lid and place in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. This dish is best if eaten within 48 hours since the raw cauliflower will start to discolor and soften over time.

Note: I first tried this recipe almost 30 years ago, when The Complete Package and I were first married. It’s another one of my mother-in-law’s retro classics. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. It’s a fresh, crunchy side for any picnic and pairs perfectly with grilled meats and a bottle of Beano. Yes, Beano; not vino. And I think you all know where I’m going with that. Although, now that I think about it, I’m sure it would also be lovely with a cold, crisp white like a Riesling. Cheers, adventurous salad lovers!

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Speaking of adventurous salad lovers, check out these lovely salads already posted for Salad Week and be sure to tell these ladies I said hello!

Chicken Mole Salad – by Megan at Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
Simple Caesar Salad – by Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic
Party Salad – by Kat at Tenaciously Yours
Parmesan Salad Cups – by Lauren at Climbing Grier Mountain
Tabbouleh Salad That Made Me Cry – by Allison at Decadent Philistines

Check in Saturday when all of our Salad Week bloggers post additional salads in a big Salad Week Grand Finale. There will also be a linky party at Allison’s place starting Saturday morning. You’ll not only see all of our salads from the past week, but you’ll also be able to link up your own favorites.



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9 responses to “Salad Week: Quite Possibly the Strangest Salad You May Never Eat

  1. I admit to the first one to say “Ewww!” But because I trust you not to ask me to eat a bug, (unless of course a preemptive pitcher of margaritas were involved,) I will give it a try this summer. I do love cauliflower, but it’s the mayo that throws me. Unless I don’t know that it’s really mayo, then I’m good. Hey! I know! I’ll get Bacon Slayer to make the salad and I’ll be so happy that I’ll forget all about the mayo. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

  2. Teresa Silverthorn

    This actually looks good to me. Thanks for posting it. :)

  3. KandiLand

    Oooh, I am a fan of cauliflower, black olives and mayo…although I never thought I’d throw them all together in a bowl! It does sound like an odd combo, but because I trust you, I will give this a try.

    I must admit, I am probably enjoying salad week more than I should, ha!

    • YES! We’re on a roll now! I love my readers so much. I hope you and your sweet babies are doing well, Kandi. I’ve missed your blog, but I imagine you at home with your girls, spoiling that new baby boy absolutely rotten. It puts a big smile on my face. Hope you love the salad. Love to you! -j

  4. Teresa Silverthorn

    Reblogged this on Beyond the Pear Tree.

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