Friday, July 5, 2013

Cauliflower Cous Cous Tabbouleh

Traditional tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern hot weather favorite that is made with lots of fresh parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers and bulgher.  It is as healthy as it is delicious with is tangy lemony dressing. Since bulgher wheat is not gluten free, I substituted riced cauliflower ( for instructions scroll down)  in this old family recipe which looks just like cous cous. 

It never ceases to amaze me how itneresting cauliflower tastes in so many different types of recipes, and doesn't really taste like cauliflower. This summer salad is light, low calorie, gluten free, vegan and low carb, making it a perfect salad for your next BBQ or family meal. Try it , you'll like it.

 If the idea of raw cauliflower seems foreign to you, think about the veggies on a vegetable and dip tray. Raw broccoli or raw cauliflower are often included. They taste great raw!

Great with red onion 
However, if you prefer, you can make this recipe and then sautee the mixture in a skillet that has been sprayed with olive oil spray and toast it for a few minutes until the cauliflower becomes cooked. It will be more like a a hot cous cous dish , but still delicious! 

How to Rice the Cauliflower  

 Break washed cauliflower into flowerettes

  Place flowerettes in food processor with metal blade ( may have to do 2 batches)
                                  Do not over process; only takes a few quick on /off blasts

                                              Cauliflower will look like rice ( or cous cous)

                 ( click to see recipes) Veggie Burger on a gluten free roll, cauliflower tabouleh and Jicama sticks (


3 cups of riced cauliflower ( raw)
1 cup chopped parsley ( flat or curly)
2 cups chopped tomatoes ( regular or cherry)
1 cup diced cucumber
optional: 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped ( what ever you have- mint, basil, oregano)
Juice of one whole lemon ( or to taste)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt , pepper,

Rice the cauliflower ( Put cauliflower flowerettes in the processor with steel blade and whiz quickly 2 times till it looks like rice . It takes only a second) Do not over process. one or two quick blasts 
Mix  cauliflower with remainder of ingredients and toss.. allow to marinate and sit for at least 1/2 hour before eating.

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  1. This is so funny for me. I just bought a cauliflower and hubby asked me why. I had no idea other than I like cauliflower but now I do know what to do with it.

    It will be fun to rice it. I love "playing" with food.

  2. What a great and flavorful way to use cauliflower! The whole veggie meal you made looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

  3. Yum, this looks great, thank you!
    I made that cauliflower pizza 'crust' once, but I like this idea, too!
    Stopping by from The Frugal Foodie Mama Link Up :)

  4. Yum, looks good! What a great idea to use cauliflower in here!

  5. I love this idea!! I will have to try it. We always have cauliflower in the fridge, so this would be perfect.

  6. We've been eating a lot of cauliflower lately as we cut back on grains...and it's SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing this fab recipe.
    Visiting from Whole Foods Wednesday.

  7. Cauliflower is one of those things that I wouldn't eat growing up b/c it was boiled to death and tasteless. After trying different cooking methods, I enjoy cauliflower. This is a creative way to use cauliflower and, honestly, I think I would prefer this to bulgur! Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo!

  8. I miss couscous! I've made Tabbouleh with quinoa, but never cauliflower. Perfect raw salad! Thanks for sharing it at Raw Foods Thursdays!

  9. Awesome way to use cauliflower! Yummy! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods!

  10. I love love Tabouleh, this could be my whole meal. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. This sounds awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it on Wellness Wednesdays. I've never been able to get my riced cauliflower to work, but I'm going to have to try again. Pinning and sharing on facebook :)

  12. Love this - the way you use the cauliflower I bet some of my finicky family members would never know! Great recipe! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Hey Judee!

    I love this salad- tabbouleh is so amazing right now with in season tomatoes and I love the grain-free adaptation! I'm going to feature it on Health Vegan Friday this week! Hope to see you back again :)

  14. Today I was up for something healthy but I had no idea what to prepare. Luckily I saw your post and now I know what I'm having for lunch...and dinner. Thanksssssssssssssss.

  15. Truly marvelous recipe, thanks ever so much.


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