Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mam-ma's Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower Salad, it doesn't even really sound that good does it?  Trust me on this one, there is something about the way all these ingredients work together that makes this salad sing. Once you pick up a head of cauliflower, chances are you will have everything else on hand.  Let's make it, shall we?
What you will need:
1 large head cauliflower
green olives, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
sharp cheddar cheese, cut into bite sized cubes
2-3 T of mayo
1/2 teaspoon each of:
garlic powder
onion powder
celery salt
seasoned salt

You will want to cut your cauliflower into little florets.  The easiest way to break down a head of cauliflower is to remove the leaves and cut the entire head down the middle, from top to bottom.  You will see the thick stem running through the middle of both halves; just cut around that, it's no bueno for this salad. 
You want your cauliflower to look something like this.
Add all the other ingredients and mix well.  It doesn't look like a lot of dressing, but the moisture from the veggies will release over time and you don't want to over dress the salad.  If you are traveling with the salad, I suggest leaving it like the picture below and mixing it up about an hour or so before serving. 

This is great as a side dish or even as a light lunch for summer days.  So, if you're like me and are laying off the carbs as of late, use this as a pasta salad substitute. It might just become a new summer favorite!

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