Thursday, April 8, 2021

TANGY CAULIFLOWER SALAD #veggierecipes #low-carb


Look who's coming to lunch? It’s so nice to have a few friends drop by, although that's not always possible yet.  Luckily our pal Miss Cauliflower is free to visit and she's very flexible about showing in many typs of dishes.  It’s been far too long since she's visited Mystery Lovers Kitchen! 

I’m excited because I really want to eat this delicious roasted cauliflower salad. It’s easy, healthy and perfect for those warm days coming, It makes a terrific side for steak or chicken or even a veggie dish. If you are looking for low carb alternatives, this is a good one. 

I hope you'll drop in and talk about the vegetable 'visitors' you most enjoy.  Do you like trying different things with old standbys?  Do you have other low-card tricks to share?

Tangy Roasted Cauliflower Salad

For roasted cauliflower you will need:

1 head cauliflower, cut in florets

Two tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp Kosher salt or sea salt

Sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 tsp of dried

Toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt and thyme, either in a bowl or on your baking tray. 

Bake on a baking sheet at 350 ° - 375 ° for half an hour or so until colored slightly.


Place in a serving bowl.

Dressing ingredients:

Meanwhile make your dressing:

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp maple syrup

¼ cup cider vinegar

Zest of one lemon

Juice of half a lemon

2 tbsp parsley

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tbsp Dijon mustard            

½ tsp hot Paprika – we use Penzey’s Half-Sharp (or ¼ tsp Cayenne)

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Fresh chopped chives -  to make ½ cup or so

Fresh thyme sprigs to serve (optional)

Whisk all dressing  ingredients except chives and fresh thyme sprigs.

 Mix with cooled cauliflower.  Add chives and mix in. 

 Place thyme sprigs on top.

Serve chilled or at room temperature. 



 Mary Jane Maffini is the award-winning author of three and a half mystery series: the Camilla Maffini mysteries, the Fiona Silk capers and the Charlotte Adams organizer mysteries – number six coming soon!  The first five Charlotte Adams will be reissued soon by Beyond the Page Publishing. Recipes have been added! The Charlotte Adams books have recently been optioned for television films.

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  1. I love roast cauliflower! I usually keep it simple, but this tangy dressing sounds delicious. I'll need to try it next time we have a meaty main.

    1. Thanks, Mia! I have been enjoying your recipes. Hugs. MJ

  2. As soon as I saw Miss Cauliflower I knew who was posting today!
    This sounds like a delicious addition to dinner.
    And entertaining to see!

  3. I am glad you two could reconnect, Libby, LOL! Sometimes we need a chuckle. Hugs. MJ

  4. Hi Mary Jane! I've been searching for low carb recipes and healthy recipes, and this sounds perfect. I do like to try new dishes, especially side dishes as well.

    1. Thanks, Tina! I like the new dishes you have been adding to our collection here. Hugs. MJ