A Dirty Trick

It is rainy and gross. Slushy ice coats the hoods of cars as they drive by. Robins hide away with their speckled eggs. The thick fog hides the towering, prehistoric mountains. Yesterday it was sweltering hot and my eyeballs got so sunburned that I am still having trouble blinking. Where did spring go? The dirty trick of April Fools got me again. I crave crisp salads and fruits bursting at their seems with flavorful juices.

I have been obsessed with this Marinated Cauliflower Salad. Barely cooked florets steeped in tart green olives and white wine vinegar. Slightly spicy red onions and Dijon mustard; summon spring with this flavor explosion.

Cauliflower Salad adapted from Martha Stewart


1 Head of Cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets

1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Chopped Red Onions

1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Chilies

4 Large Green Olives, thinly sliced

1 Tablespoon Olive Juice

1 Teaspoon Chopped Parsley

Salt and Pepper


Lightly steam or boil your cauliflower. You don’t want to overcook it, for you are looking for a bit of crunch. Drain and cool your cauliflower in a large bowl.

Whisk together all other ingredients and pour over the florets. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Blow your guests away with this simple dish.


blogbytina! I’m so glad you posted this recipe! I just bought a jar of marinated cauliflower @ the local farmer’s market, and while quite delishus, it was so expensive! Now I can make my own!

Kirsten Tina- Yippee! You won’t regret it….you’ll never again buy jared marinated cauliflower. 🙂

Christina Yum!
Will most defnitly have to try this one out

Kirsten Christina- Thanks so much for commenting! You’ll love this dish, I swear to the heavens you will.

SarahLaP Stinkin’ April Fools!

Kirsten I know! That’s what Mama used to always say…. “it was a dirty trick” and “he was a dirty bird.” hahaha!

Evan Maybe if you keep making more saldas, spring will be here even sooner, throw in a margarita for good measure just to make sure summer follows in haste.

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