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Cauliflower Salad Cilantro Pesto

Cauliflower Salad with Cilantro Pesto

The bright flavours of cilantro, citrus and herbs make for a tasty pesto dressing for the cauliflower. Enjoy this side dish with grilled meat or fish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 6 people


  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Fresh Chilis
  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) Pine nuts
  • 2 Limes or Lemons or both
  • 1 small bunch Fresh Mint
  • 2 cups Plain Greek Yogourt
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Preserved Lemon
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Garlic Cloves crushed


  • Cut the cauliflower to have large pieces, boil for 3 minutes in salted water.
  • Remove and let cool down on paper towel.
  • In a blender, blend cilantro, 2 tbsps olive oil, 2 tbsp, lime and/or lemon juice, 1/2 of the pine nuts, cold water, salt, and pepper. Reserve.
  • Peel, cut and chop scallions, ginger, and garlic mix with yogurt.
  • Chop mint and chili pepper, add to the yogurt mixture, add the cilantro pesto. Reserve.
  • Heat 4 tbsp olive oil, and brown the cauliflower in it, remove, let cool down and mix with dressing.
  • Toast the other 1/2 of the pine nuts in some olive oil and sprinkle on top of the cauliflower.
  • Serve at room temperature.
    Cauliflower Salad Cilantro Pesto
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