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Warm Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ Salad

Out of all the vegetables at the market, we can’t think of any that has made a bigger comeback during these last years than the cauliflower. Both Luise and I remember cauliflower as an often over-cooked side dish drenched in cheese, from when we grew up. Now it has become the surprising star of many dishes and is being prepared in an endless amount of ways. In our home, we blanch the cauli’ and serve it as a side with some black pepper and a good cold-pressed oil, we roast it and use in salads, we cut it thin and eat it as a raw carpaccio, we mix it in patties and soups. And of course, the latest classic – use it as a pizza base. In our new book we have krkrkkrkrkrkrkrkrkkrkrrk (this sentence has been removed due to spoiler alert reasons – you just have to wait until 22nd September!). We have yet to find a way to incorporate Cauliflower in a dessert, but that is probably only a question of time.

Today we have mixed raw cauli’ into a couscous-like texture that can be used as a grain free alternative to regular wheat grain couscous. We give it a quick boil to get rid of the raw odor and to make it easier to digest, then toss it with an ocean of fresh herbs, spring peas, pepitas and crumbled feta cheese. It’s dinner in no-time and a very fresh, delicious and nourishing one. Perfect for the picnic basket as well.

If you have any ideas of your own on how to further prepare the mighty cauliflower, please share in the comment section below. And the same goes if you have any good cauliflower subs, for those of you that aren’t too fond of it – has anyone tried using broccoli instead?


If you want a quick dessert to go with this quick dish, check out our 5-minute avocado chocolate mousse. We have just posted the recipe video on our YouTube channel.


Warm Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ with Green Peas & Herbs

1 head of raw cauliflower
2 handfuls mixed parsley and basil
70 g / 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
juice of 1/2 lemon
a drizzle cold-pressed olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
200 g / 7 oz / 2 cups frozen (thawed) or fresh peas

100 g / 4 oz / 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
sprouts or micro greens to garnish (we have used purple Shiso leaves here)

Bring a saucepan with water to boil. Meanwhile coarsely chop the cauliflower and place the florets and stem in a food processor or blender and process until fine couscous- or rice-like texture. Do it in batches if you have a small food processor. Pour the cauliflower into the boiling water, lower the heat to simmer and cook for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile finely chop the herbs, toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet on low-medium heat until golden. Drain the cauliflower ‘couscous’ in a sieve and place in a large serving bowl. Add herbs, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and combine everything. Add peas, pumpkin seeds, crumbled feta cheese and toss until mixed. Garnish with sprouts or micro greens. Serve warm or chilled. Keeps for a couple of days in the fridge.

PS. We also wanted to let you know that we have redesigned and rebuilt our two iPhone and iPad apps, Green Kitchen and Healthy Desserts. They are now completely integrated with iOS7 and have a stunning new look.



  1. Alicia
    Posted 8 Jun ’14 at 23:30 | #

    Ideas for cauliflower – I haven’t tried it yet but this is in my list of things to cook soon.
    Your couscous salad looks great, already in my list too.
    As for your book, I will wait patiently until September!

  2. Kristen
    Posted 8 Jun ’14 at 23:32 | #

    This looks wonderful! I just made cauliflower “fajitas” yesterday (which were kind of sad) This looks far superior!! :) Quick questions, can you also sauté the cauliflower or is it better boiled? Thanks!!

  3. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 00:11 | #

    Couscous is one of my favorite ingredients in a salad. This looks like the perfect summer salad, very nice!

  4. Emily
    Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 00:17 | #

    That looks so beautiful with the purple leaves on top! I love how versatile the cauliflower is. The pizza from your book is my favorite!

  5. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 01:47 | #

    The salad looks delicious. I haven’t used or cooked with couscous for ages but I think after seeing this amazing recipe it is about time again.


  6. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 03:13 | #

    New app?! SO exciting! And this salad looks fab :)

  7. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 03:27 | #

    Congrats on the app! Will have to check it out sometime. :) And the “couscous” looks like a great idea, definitely an awesome light summer dish!

  8. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 04:53 | #

    Cauliflower is my new best friend – this looks delicious and I LOVE the way you style photos :) Have you seen the purple and yellow caulis around lately?! This is amazing

  9. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 07:56 | #

    I like to roast it whole with loads of spices, or to steam it all and then let it rest in a bowl with some olive oil or cumin seeds so that it absorbs the flavours. Finally, really good trated as a steak and cooked on a very hot skillet or grill, until lightly charred on both sides and cooked through. It’s amazing how confusing the season for cauliflower is – most people think of it as a winter vegetable and it is, to some extent, but it is now that the best cauliflower start coming into season until the early fall – so this recipe will surely be amazing enjoyed throughout the whole summer. Thanks so much for sharing! x

  10. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 08:28 | #

    My two new favorite ways to prepare cauliflower:

    1. roasted until crispy and browned, served with a aioli and crispy capers.
    2. cooked and mashed into a creamy puree. Perfect alternative to mashed potatoes or polenta!

    The couscous is another of my favorite ways and I absolutely love the look and colors of your version!

  11. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 10:23 | #

    This is so beautiful! I love cauli’ so many ways, but when I was out of it I used broccoli for a broccoli-crust pizza which was pretty awesome!

  12. hannah
    Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 10:32 | #

    Looks delicious! One question – how many would you suggest that this serves?

  13. Maria
    Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 11:40 | #

    I had some leftover cauliflower from the pizza crust I made from the recipe in your book a few nights ago and this was the perfect way to use it up! So simple to put together yet so flavourful and delicious, the family loved it! Keep up the great work guys! :)

  14. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 12:58 | #

    I have always loved cauliflower. I can eat a whole head in one sitting. This looks like an amazing way to get more cauliflower in my life. Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Sofia
    Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 13:00 | #

    Dear David, Luise and Elsa,
    I just received your book at home! So beautiful and yuuuumi!
    Thank you so much for doing such a great book for all of us!
    All the best

  16. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 13:38 | #

    LOVE cauli couscous! But now that it’s not in season anymore it’s not easy to find good ones…if I do, I’ll surely make this. It’s perfect beach fare (instead of the usual Italian rice salad!)

    I wanted you guys to know that your app is beautiful and it is definitely one of my best App store purchases. I was super excited to download the update! Eagerly waiting for the book as well! :)

  17. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 16:38 | #

    Simple, colorful, and fresh! I love this recipe. Perfect for lunches on warm days – and great for bringing some sunshine into the dark and dreary office day!

  18. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 16:51 | #

    Lovely composition of flavours.

  19. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 17:58 | #

    I´ve used your cauliflaower pizza base as a quiche “dough” and it works lovely!

  20. Jenna
    Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 18:42 | #

    I have a new found love for cauliflower, something I definitely wasn’t crazy about as a kid. Your book is being released on my birthday, couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a new book from GKS!

  21. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 18:51 | #

    looks SO delicious!!love it!

  22. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 19:02 | #

    This salad is simply stunning! I cannot wait to give it a try.

  23. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 19:53 | #

    Although I am not a big fan of cauliflower, this salad looks simply tasty. I will give it a try and let you know guys if I will turn myself into a fan of it.
    P.S. I am not a vegetarian, but I do like your ideas in terms of combining ingredients. Great work! Cheers, Crys

  24. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 21:02 | #

    You guys always take the best photos! Oh, and I did actually come across a cauliflower based cake recipe. It’s not the healthiest, but cauliflower in cake! ;) http://veggiedesserts.co.uk/cauliflower-banana-bundt-cake-with-cinnamon-icing/

  25. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 23:00 | #

    Your photographs are beautiful and the apps are my favorite. I can’t wait to get your book.

  26. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 23:06 | #

    We are also big fans of alternative uses for this humble and nutritious vegetable. I have blogged my own version of cauli couscous salad a few months ago : http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/2014/04/01/loaded-cauliflower-couscous-salad-with-roasted-turmeric-chickpeas-that-study/ (‘That study’ is not about chickpeas, btw ) I favour a quick drying a softening blast of grated and turmeric-coated cauliflower in a hottish oven, with preserved lemon and lots of shaved veggies stirred in. Thanks for asking us to share our own recipes. Most kind of you.

  27. Posted 9 Jun ’14 at 23:13 | #

    I love cauliflower cous cous! Since I discovered it I make it all the time. I prefer to sauté it with a little olive oil, but then there’s the added fat. Beautiful pics! Thank you!

  28. Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 00:15 | #

    I adore cauliflower and have random cravings for it! Your recipe looks amazing and really showcases an incredible and versatile veggie that is making a comeback. I love it in raw sushi. Check out my recipe here: http://www.lallnutrition.com/2012/04/13/sushi-for-lunch-yes-please/


  29. Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 00:47 | #

    I am in love with your cutting board!!! You have to tell me where I can get one!!!

  30. Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 05:33 | #

    A suggestion: I saw this and want to make this so bad. And i do not have this on my list of groceries when i last went to the store. Is there anyway we can get a preview of the recipes to come on a weekly basis? Maybe this could be something extra on your app?

    Also, i love that blue shirt you are wearing ! Been looking for one forever ! Please let me know the make of it if you read this comment?

  31. beata
    Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 07:24 | #

    Cauliflower salad:raw cauliflower+lemon juice+lots of dill+jogurt;
    Another salad I atę once at cph airport: raw cauliflower + raw broccoli+pineapple+black olive+tomatoes(skins only)+mint+parsley+red onion+seeds or wallnuts or chicken+dressing made from pineapple juice and something sauerzlike Rice vinegar+chilli+oilseed oil;

    Side dish: cooked cauliflower served with pan fried (=toasted) breadcrumbs melted with warm dissolved butter. Soft and crunchy.in.the same time. I believe it is the most popular way to serve cauliflower in Poland. Breadcrumbs and better actually go wellness with cauli,potatoes, cooked cabbage and dill.
    We do also cauliflower soup. I like this veggie a lot.

  32. Floor
    Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 08:06 | #

    Hi! Great tecipe again. I was wondering if your apps will be made available for Android. Best wishes Floor

  33. Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 10:05 | #

    This looks so lovely! Great tip to cook the cauliflower to get rid of the raw odor – I didn’t know that! One of my fave things to do with cauli’ is roasted cauliflower soup in early fall when days get colder again :-)

  34. Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 11:12 | #

    Cauliflower dessert? How about making a cauliflower puree, then mixing with a bit of sweetener and vanilla and serving as a vanilla pudding?

  35. Sonya
    Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 12:42 | #

    Loving the cauliflower recipes!
    If you’re after a sweet recipe involving cauliflower, check out the Chocolate Mousse Cake I found in this magazine (pg 63): http://www.definitionforladies.com/issue-one/
    I made it for Mothers Day in Australia recently, and no one could guess the secret ingredient ;) General consensus was, that it tasted amazing!

  36. Cristabel Davis
    Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 14:07 | #

    We often make a variation on a recipe from Stephanie Alexander’s Cooks Companion (Australia). It is grated cauli with besan flower, spices and an egg to create ‘fritters’ which then are shallow fried; wonderful with a yoghurt based tahini & lemon sauce and/or a tomato/herbs/garlic sauce. The fritters do not form a firm pattie but when cooked hold together well enough and are delicious.

  37. Cristabel Davis
    Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 14:08 | #

    We often make a variation on a recipe from Stephanie Alexander’s Cooks Companion (Australia). It is grated cauli with besan flour, spices and an egg to create ‘fritters’ which then are shallow fried; wonderful with a yoghurt based tahini & lemon sauce and/or a tomato/herbs/garlic sauce. The fritters do not form a firm pattie but when cooked hold together well enough and are delicious.

  38. Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 15:39 | #

    I love the look of this salad and I must go update your apps on my devices to see the new look! So exciting!

  39. Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 18:03 | #


  40. Marie-Noelle
    Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 19:41 | #

    Wat about cauliflower guacamole? Cook the cauliflower about 5 min, then mush en mix with coriander, garlic, spring onion, lime juice, tabasco, tomato, olive oil.
    Love your cauliflower variations!

  41. Michèle
    Posted 10 Jun ’14 at 22:30 | #

    Just made this for dinner and it was delicious! Very creative love all your cauliflower recipes. And my kids too…

  42. Posted 11 Jun ’14 at 20:22 | #

    That quick boil might just be the secret to enjoy cauliflower couscous more often! the raw version is not very family friendly, i’m curious to see how this recipe turns out!
    Ideas using cauliflower: roasted with ginger, dates and olives – http://entrejardins.com/2014/02/13/love-a-cauliflower-date-amor-um-encontro-com-couve-flor/

  43. Posted 11 Jun ’14 at 21:50 | #

    It looks divine!

  44. Posted 12 Jun ’14 at 16:45 | #

    for those who love it spicy(of course you can adjust the spice level to your liking)……

  45. Posted 12 Jun ’14 at 22:02 | #

    your salad looks beautiful… tastes absolutely delicious!

  46. Lumasa
    Posted 12 Jun ’14 at 23:27 | #

    yummy! we tried it this evening :) it was delicious!

  47. Posted 13 Jun ’14 at 04:49 | #

    The colors are gorgeous on this salad.I’ve been making a yummy cauliflower mash to replace heavier carby potatoes. I just steam it and puree in a food processor with almond milk, earth balance, salt and pepper, thyme and nutmeg.

  48. Posted 13 Jun ’14 at 11:33 | #

    This tastes delicious and smells like Greek summer!

  49. Tania
    Posted 13 Jun ’14 at 16:58 | #

    I have tried the following recipe and it’s divine, the best cauliflower couscous ever. Also the combination with the sauce and the roasted chickpeas. Just try it, it’s p e r f e c t. I promise :)

  50. Mary
    Posted 14 Jun ’14 at 02:32 | #

    This cous cous salad was stunning! I am so thrilled to have this in my repertoire of elegant, impressive salads. It’s the epitome of a light spring/summer salad, if you have access to a garden, for which i did. Especially having fresh peas, made a world of difference, raw.
    My family could not stop eating it, and we have but 1 cup leftover for the next day.Thank you!
    Also to Alicia at the top- i made the cauliflower tacos tonight and they were great!

  51. Arlette
    Posted 14 Jun ’14 at 10:53 | #

    I made this last night – despite cooking the cauliflower for only two minutes and draining thoroughly it was very soggy and rather bland, I ended up adding lots more spices and some olives. I followed a similar recipe once before and the cauliflower was raw which worked much better. A very pretty recipe nonetheless, thanks.

  52. Clara Espelg
    Posted 14 Jun ’14 at 16:54 | #

    It really looks yummy!!!! ;-)

  53. Pauline
    Posted 14 Jun ’14 at 23:54 | #

    do you ever do cooking classes? It would be really great to learn how to cook healthy together with you!

  54. Catherine
    Posted 15 Jun ’14 at 13:03 | #

    I tried this, I’d never eaten cauliflower this way, and I really liked it. Now I’m game to try the pizza crust! thanks for the recipe.
    As you mentioned the chocolate (avocado) mousse as a dessert, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try it as well. Very good, but I found the taste of banana a bit strong. I might try it again with avocado-honey-cacao powder…

  55. Georgia
    Posted 16 Jun ’14 at 03:13 | #

    Hi! I have been following your gorgeous food blog for a few years now, but have never taken the time to comment yet! You always have delicious, healthy food and beautiful food styling/photography and just wanted to say thanks for being so inspiring. And yes, I happen to know a recipe that uses cauliflower in a dessert! Check out http://www.gluten-free-vegan-girl.com/2013/08/secret-ingredient-vegan-brownies.html
    I haven’t tried it yet, but this blog is usually a winner!

  56. Posted 16 Jun ’14 at 07:33 | #

    What a versatile veggie … I’ll have to incorporate more of it into my cooking!

  57. Kristina
    Posted 17 Jun ’14 at 08:19 | #

    My family and I had this wonderful dish for dinner yesterday and it was a success! My husband isn´t too fond of cauliflower but really liked this couscous version. Thank you for a really inspirational recipe!

  58. Posted 17 Jun ’14 at 14:04 | #

    great recipe thanks…. made it last night – didn’t have basil so used mint instead which also worked well
    you guys are inspiring…

  59. Posted 17 Jun ’14 at 17:47 | #

    Looks amazing. Last night I tried out your spinach & feta pie with an oat crust, and it was del.

  60. Sara
    Posted 17 Jun ’14 at 21:18 | #

    Hi !
    I did your “roasted cauliflower with dates & lentils” youtube recipe and it was DE-LI-CIOUS.

    (Just a heads up, the measurements of the spices in your video are different from the ones in the info box.)

  61. Posted 18 Jun ’14 at 11:26 | #

    When we have very fresh cauliflower from the garden, it is delicious raw (your salad sounds delicious!) but later in the season I like to make this cauliflower soup with gorgonzola and pickled pear relish: http://www.growntocook.com/?p=447

  62. Posted 23 Jun ’14 at 02:03 | #

    Hey, I love that cutting board, where can I find one?

  63. Posted 26 Jun ’14 at 15:32 | #

    This looks delicious and so pretty! Wonder if you’d be interested in posting it on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SaladWars. Florette are giving away some fab foodie prizes at the moment and I’m pretty sure your salad is worth a prize! More details on http://www.florettesalad.co.uk/salad-wars

  64. birgit
    Posted 28 Jun ’14 at 21:19 | #

    so while i can’t comment on you tube
    because i don’t want to answer google many nosy questions
    i tell you here that i made the cauliflower salad with lentils
    and it is sooo delicious
    love the video
    lg birgit

  65. Posted 30 Jun ’14 at 17:50 | #

    I am found of salad. I always look for something healthy and fresh. This is really healthy and nutritious. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

    Bally Chohan

  66. Jenny
    Posted 1 Jul ’14 at 08:11 | #

    Cauliflower has become my favorite vegetable this season actually; I almost always have a “head” at home. One thing I really like is to slice it thin and put it on Danish Rye bread and tahini sandwiches for breakfast. Thin slices of rhubarb is also fantastic!

  67. Posted 1 Jul ’14 at 12:38 | #

    Seems so delicious and so healthy.. It’s perfect for My diet.

  68. Claire
    Posted 6 Jul ’14 at 17:55 | #

    I made this today and it is absolutely delicious! :)

  69. S
    Posted 13 Jul ’14 at 22:18 | #

    Cooking the cauliflower in a rich tomato sauce with Indian-style spices is my husband’s favourite dish. First fry the cauliflower, divided into florets. Then add chopped garlic (maybe 4-5 cloves for a head of cauliflower), chopped onion, turmeric, maybe some chili and fresh grated ginger. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add tomatoes – fresh or canned. Also add cardamom, preferably newly crushed seeds, cinnamon, a handful of raisins, salt and a teaspoon or so of honey. Cook til the cauliflower is tender. Add salted peanuts and eat with some kind of grain or perhaps organic rice. A yoghurt-based sauce/raita with cumin, cucumber and mint is nice to complete with.

  70. Jessica
    Posted 15 Jul ’14 at 22:27 | #

    I made this last night with broccoli instead of cauliflower since that is what I had. I also added some sauteed tofu and zucchini to the mix and it was AMAZING.

  71. Posted 21 Jul ’14 at 02:59 | #

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this.

  72. Posted 5 Aug ’14 at 23:32 | #

    I have made this recipe – as is a couple of times now. I made it tonight again. I was thinking by myself how happy I am to find this one. It is SO good! There will be many more to come. Thought I just have to let you know!

  73. Klara
    Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 13:15 | #

    This recipe is amazing! Thank you for inspiration :)

  74. Mark Johnson
    Posted 17 Oct ’14 at 07:42 | #

    There’s a classic Indian cauliflower dessert, Gobi ki Kheer:

  75. Bill
    Posted 22 Oct ’14 at 01:52 | #

    i am not a scientist, dietician or a nutritionist. I do however, read allot about healthy living options, disease prevention and treatment. I have learned that raw unpasteurized honey, turmeric, cinnamon, organic lemon juice, ginger root, apple cider vinegar (from the mother), virgin coconut oil and cayenne pepper are all fantastic for health issues and preventions. How about mixing them all together for one drink?

  76. Lydia
    Posted 8 Jan ’15 at 12:37 | #

    oh I can’t wait to make this salad! It sounds so delicious and fresh and full of flavour! I love your blog and family, I really hope to one day be half as good as you at cooking!

    I really like to roast cauliflower with indian spices (and mix it through some quinoa with chickpeas and herbs)- it also goes deliciously with your dosa from your cookbook on it’s own. I also like It grilled it big ‘steaks’ with a veggie salsa verde :)

  77. Dany
    Posted 12 Sep ’15 at 10:45 | #

    Hi, are the peas meant to be added to this raw?

  78. Posted 10 Nov ’17 at 09:34 | #

    Looks delicious! Cauliflower is one of those things I really want to start incorporating more of into my diet. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  79. Sandra
    Posted 2 Jul ’18 at 20:00 | #

    Delicious summer salad

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