Chilled Curried Cauliflower

Savoring Saturday:

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!

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Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower

1/2 c mayo

2 tbls curry powder

salt to taste

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Bon apetit peeps!

xoxo

Chanda

Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton

  • Diana Summers - I love this dish! Very Solvang.ReplyCancel

    • Samantha - thanks! yes!! SO yummy!! xo SamReplyCancel

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