This may seem like a crazy concept to you, eating cold cauliflower, but this dish is so dang easy and good that I just had to share it with you! I actually got the idea from a cute little restaurant in Solvang, CA called The Red Viking. They have a pretty legit smorgasbord, which my Scandinavian roots simply adore. Pickled herring? Check. Swedish meatballs? Check. Flatbread & butter? Check. Liver pate and Havarti cheese? Check and check.
Amongst all this uber northern viking cuisine, they do a cauliflower dish that gives a little nod to the Scandinavian obsession with Indian flavors. It is a simple preparation that will have you coming back for more! I even cook the cauliflower in the microwave, it is that simple!
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 c mayo
2 tbls curry powder
salt to taste
Placing your washed cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, lightly salt the surface, add 1/4 cup of water and then cover it with Seran Wrap. Place it in the microwave for 4 minutes. Check the doneness of your cauliflower, as the size of your cauliflower and the settings of your microwave cause too many variables for me to give you an exact time. I just look for a bit of give when I press down on the cauliflower, so that I know it is fully steamed. I generally will pop it back into the microwave for another 3 minutes before I check again.
Once the cauliflower is tender enough, I drain the liquid and pop the whole thing into the fridge to cool down. This dish is best nice and chilled.
While your cauliflower chills, go ahead and make your “sauce.”
1/2 a cup of mayo mixed with 2 tbls of curry powder, a squeeze of citrus (lemon or lime), and pinch of salt will do you.
Such a cinch!
With the cauliflower chilled, you can plate this as a whole head with the sauce “painted” directly on, or you can serve it chopped up as a salad. Either way, you have a delicious side dish that will surprise you!
Bon apetit peeps!
Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton