Classic Cauliflower Rice Salad

One of my proudest moments to date was when my step-son Harrison was aged 12…

Classic Cauliflower Rice Salad

(Serves 2-3)

  • Quick Meal (Approx 20 mins)
  • Main Meal
  • Children Friendly
  • Multi Cuisine Versatile

This can be a raw dish, mostly raw dish or lightly cooked… its an all round versatile family favourite that makes a super quick lunch and a great addition (with slight changes) to a wide range of veganised and healthified cuisines from mexican, lebaneese, Chinese… etc.

It began life as our classic rice salad, a favourite with our growing son that guaranteed he ate his veggies… lots of fresh veggies (diced carrot, peas, chopped green beans, spring onions and sweet bell pepper) mixed in with cooked rice, lightly salted peanuts and a light soy/olive oil dressing.

Slowly we began to mix it up and sometimes have the exact same meal but switching the rice for raw or lightly steamed cauli-rice… once that was a firm family favourite too we then started switching the dressing and salted peanuts out for ‘healthier’ options.

One of my proudest moments to date was when my step-son Harrison was aged 12… we were all sat at the table doing our various craft projects. Harry suddenly announced that he was hungry and asked if it was time for lunch. With glue and paint everywhere, I wasn’t in the position to drop everything and make lunch right away but before I could say a word… Harry, shockingly, offered to make lunch for us all!!!

At first, I was dubious… thinking we were all about to be served peanut butter toast (which we he had already eaten for breakfast) but I held my tongue and graciously accepted the kind and unexpected offer from our son. I resisted all temptation to go into the kitchen and ‘interfere’… even when I heard the food processor being used!! What could he be making all alone in the kitchen…

We had NEVER cooked this meal together and yet clearly our clever boy had been paying closer attention than we ever realised… because not only did he make a perfect classic rice salad, he made a RAW cauliflower rice salad.

He washed and prepared all the veg, he even dried the cauliflower (an important step for raw cauli-rice to stop it going ‘funky’)… there were diced carrots, peas, spring onions and bell peppers in it… a little chunkier than I would have cut the veg but deliciously good.

There were salted peanuts (he had even washed and dried them to remove some of the excess salt). And he made his own soy/olive oil dressing. There were even additional chopped chillis on the side for his old dad!!

And it was DELICIOUS. Such a proud moment 🙂 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cauliflower
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 Red Sweet Bell Pepper
  • 4 spring onions
  • Handful frozen peas
  • Handful of green beans
  • Handful of peanuts
  • Dressing: Equal Measures of Soy Sauce and Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Chop cauliflower into small florets and wash (if concern over parasites wash in veg wash or lightly boil/steam)… Leave to dry on a clean towel (the dryer the better)
  2. Wash and finely chop the carrot, pepper and spring onions… Add to mixing bowl
  3. Chop the green beans into 1cm lengths and pour boiling water over them, leave them to stand in the hot water… if you want a RAW dish, switch these out for sugar snap peas or another green that is good eaten raw
  4. Pour boiling water over frozen peas, bring to boil then leave to stand in hot water. Again, for a RAW dish try fresh peas for a DELICIOUS alternative
  5. ‘Rice’ the cauliflower in the food processor using the pulse setting until they are the size of rice grains… if you over pulse it will go mushy. Alternatively, just finely chop the cauliflower
  6. Drain the greens and mix all the ingredients together, including additional peanuts or your own nut of choice
  7. Mix equal measures of soy sauce and olive oil together and pour over the veggies
  8. Serve with love and gratitude 🙂

A Firm Family Favourite

Vegetable Rice Salad is a firm family favourite with all the children in our family… with ‘thumbs up’ and ‘licking the bowl clean’ seals of approval.

It is best to leave the soy sauce out for young children due to the salt content… but my little nephew Albert loved his plain veggie rice.

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