Spring vegetable & cauliflower tabbouleh

Spring vegetable & cauliflower tabbouleh

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins plus cooling


Serves 4
Grated cauliflower replaces the grains in this twist on a Middle Eastern salad with parsley, mint, asparagus and courgette

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal223
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.4g


  • 1 whole cauliflower (about 500g when trimmed)



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 5 tbsp hot vegetable stock
  • 125g pack fine asparagus, stems cut into small pieces, tips left whole



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 1 courgette, cut into small cubes



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • zest 2 lemons, juice of 1



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained and chopped
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 50g parsley, leaves only



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • small pack mint, leaves only



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • bunch spring onions, shredded
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…


  1. Grate the cauliflower on the coarse side of a box grater, stopping only when you get to the very hard central core. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, add the cauliflower with some seasoning and fry over a medium heat for 3 mins, stirring regularly. Splash in the stock, stir, then cover the pan and cook for 3-4 mins more. Stir once or twice during cooking until the cauliflower is just tender and the stock is absorbed. Spread over a plate and leave to cool. Wipe out the pan.

  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and add the asparagus stems, courgette and seasoning. Fry over a high heat until turning golden, about 3 mins. Add the asparagus tips, fry for 2 mins more, then leave to cool.

  3. Mix the zest and lemon juice, and the sugar, capers, oil and some seasoning. Chop the herbs fairly finely, then tip into a large bowl with the cauliflower, vegetables and spring onions. When ready to eat, add the dressing and mix well. Mound onto a serving plate, drizzle with a little more oil, then cut the remaining zested lemon into wedges and serve alongside.

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Selina Kazmiersky's picture
Selina Kazmiersky
8th Nov, 2019
This is a seriously tasty salad recipe! Have made it twice now. Taste before you add seasoning like salt though....
20th Mar, 2019
Such a lovely salad, especially to show off some skinny, wild asparagus. Will be munching on this all Spring!
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