Monday, October 5, 2015

Cauliflower and Artichoke Salad

You know how everyone is using cauliflower as a substitute for everything? Well I don't know if I could ever give up rice, potatoes and grains for just cauliflower but sometimes it just works. This is definitely one of those times. I got the bright idea to take a family favorite Artichoke and Rice Salad and make it over with cauliflower. My family has been making this rice salad since dear sister and I were in 4-H. We didn't raise farm animals in 4-H. We cooked, made napkin rings and neat nighties(pajamas). We also competed in 4-H cooking contests. In fact, dear sister won a rice cookery contest with this inspiration recipe for Artichoke and Rice Salad. Now our memories are not what they use to be; so there is some debate as to where this recipe came from. I say it came from a cookbook called Pirate's Pantry that fell apart and was tossed. Dear sister said it came from one called Pots, Pans and Pioneers. I included that recipe below. One thing we agree on is we added some green olives to the recipe. The original recipe gets most of it's flavor from a box rice mix, curry powder, artichokes, green onions and olives. Since I substituted cauliflower for the rice mix; I added chicken bouillon, carrot, garlic and parsley to my salad. It works really well. I really enjoyed it. It has the same mild curry flavor but it is nice and crunchy. It has a similar texture to coleslaw. I loved the texture and flavor. This salad would be a great pot luck salad. Delicious with grilled foods or just a light lunch all by its self. Mom was really impressed and wanted the recipe. Dad tried it and said it was good. Dear sister said it was very good but her favorite is still the original rice salad. So there you go! I am giving you two salads in one post. You can choose your favorite.

Cauliflower and Artichoke Salad
Serves 6 to 8


5 cups cauliflower, florets
1 small carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tsp. low sodium chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained liquid reserved
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup sliced green olives with pimentos
Kosher salt, to taste (optional)
Dash white pepper, to taste


Place cauliflower and carrot in a blender. Fill blender container with water and pulse until cauliflower resembles grains of rice. Drain in a colander, pat dry and set aside.

In a serving bowl add garlic, mayonnaise, reserved artichoke liquid, chicken bouillon, curry powder, turmeric and parsley; stir to combine. Add cauliflower mixture, bell pepper, artichokes, green onions and olives; stir until mixed well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Linking to:
Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Full Plate Thursday

1 comment:

  1. What a great salad, I just love these flavors together. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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