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Cauliflower Couscous Salad with Dates, Parsley & Almonds

Cauliflower couscous salad with dates, parsley and almonds is a fresh take on riced cauliflower that is flavorful and easy to make! It serves as the perfect gluten and dairy free side dish with a crunchy sweetness thanks to dates and almonds.

You’ve had cauliflower gnocchi, cauliflower pizza crust (what doesn’t have a cauliflower version these days?!) but you’ve never had cauliflower like this!

Cauliflower couscous salad with dates, parsley, and almonds is a delicious and nutritious NEW and fun way to enjoy cauliflower! The chopped almonds give it a nice crunch that complements the riced cauliflower texture perfectly, plus there’s natural sweetness from the dates that add really good flavor too. The fresh parsley might be my favorite part because it really makes this cauliflower salad taste EXTRA fresh.

This riced cauliflower salad is perfect alongside chicken, fish or any other main dish. I would say it’s not filling enough on its own to be a main meal, but it could work for lunch paired with something else that contains a little more protein!

You could even toss this salad with quinoa or couscous if you wanted to make it heartier and give it some more staying power!

And if you like the looks of this cauliflower recipe, be sure to check out this recipe for Mexican cauliflower rice. It’s made with mostly pantry staples and SO good!

cauliflower nutrition

No doubt cauliflower has been extremely popular because of how versatile it is, but did you know cauliflower contains really good nutrition too?!

Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin C (100% of the recommended daily value) and contains vitamin K, B6 and folate. One cup contains about 3 grams of fiber, which is great since a lot of us don’t get enough fiber in general.

cauliflower couscous with dates, almonds and parsley

ingredients for cauliflower couscous salad

here’s everything you will need to make this recipe!

  • cauliflower – this recipes uses a whole head of cauliflower. You could also purchased riced cauliflower to use, however I don’t recommend using frozen riced cauliflower.
  • dates, dried apricots or dried cherries – any of these will work and be delicious in this salad!
  • fresh parsley
  • raw almonds
  • red wine vinegar
  • sumac
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper

equipment / utensils:

  • food processor
  • mixing bowls
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cauliflower couscous with dates, almonds and parsley

Cauliflower Couscous Salad with Dates, Parsley & Almonds

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 45 servings 1x
  • Category: easy meals
  • Method: process; chop
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Cauliflower couscous salad with dates, parsley and almonds is a fresh take on riced cauliflower that is flavorful and easy to make! It serves as the perfect gluten and dairy free side dish with a crunchy sweetness thanks to dates and almonds.


Ingredients

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  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates, dried cherries or dried apricot 
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sumac
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes 
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper 
  • 1/2 cup parsley, roughly chopped 
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 3/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped 

Instructions

  1. Add the dates or dried fruit to a bowl along with the red wine vinegar. Let sit for 10-20 minutes until plump.
  2. In the meantime, add cauliflower to a food processor and process until riced and crumbly. Be careful not to process too much so that the cauliflower is too wet. You still want the cauliflower to uphold some of it’s texture.
  3. Add the riced cauliflower to a bowl, add the fruit and vinegar and toss together. 
  4. Season with sumac, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. 
  5. Add the chopped parsley, and olive oil toss and lastly, add in the chopped almonds. Toss everything together and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary. Store in the fridge for 2-3 days for maximum freshness and best taste! 

Notes

You could even toss this salad with 1 cup of quinoa or couscous if you wanted to make it heartier and give it some more staying power!

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