Cauliflower 'Couscous' Salad

    30 minutes

    Cauliflower masquerades as couscous in this paleo salad recipe with red capsicum, olives, lemon and parsley. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a grater to prepare the cauliflower.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 head cauliflower, cut into large chunks
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 red capsicum, finely chopped
    • 2 shallots, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 180ml chicken stock
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 lemons, zested and juiced
    • 30g freshly chopped parsley
    • 20 Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Process cauliflower in batches by pulsing in a food processor until it has the consistency of cooked couscous.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook red capsicum in hot oil until hot, about 2 minutes; add shallots and garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir cauliflower with the vegetables in the pan; cook and stir until the cauliflower is hot, 3 to 5 minutes.
    3. Pour chicken stock over the cauliflower mixture; season with salt and thyme. Simmer the mixture until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Stir lemon zest and lemon juice into the mixture; continue cooking for about 2 more minutes.
    4. Remove pan from heat; add olives and parsley. Toss to mix before serving.

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    Made almost as written and it's a hit! Absolutely delicious. The only change I made was omitting the olives because the main dish had olives in it and hubs is somewhat finicky about olives as it is. Used as a side to Moroccan Meatballs from a different website. We'll definitely be making this again, and hopefully with the olives. Thanks for the recipe.  -  29 Sep 2018  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was pretty good. My daughter, who normally likes cauliflower, did not care for it. My son, who normally doesn't like cauliflower, loved it. My husband thought it was regular couscous. I found it filling, a great alternative to a carb. We really like cumin, so I substituted it for the thyme and I added shredded carrot to the veggies. Will make it again with some alterations to try to win my daughter over.  -  11 Jun 2016  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Delicious! Super healthy and this makes HUGE servings, granted, my head of cauliflower was slightly large. I made this exactly as written and wouldn't change a thing. This is easily customizable to personal preferences. I bet some feta would be tasty too! I'll definitely be making this again! I used the blender jar of my Ninja to "rice" the cauliflower and it worked perfectly. Just a couple pulses is all it took.  -  28 Apr 2016  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)