Raw Cauliflower Salad with Raisins and Nuts

October  4, 2022
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

It’s a lot easier to try different things in the summer when the farmer’s market is bursting with goodies. This chilled salad is a great accompaniment for a sandwich, grilled meats or even pot roast. The sweet raisins, tangy and creamy flavors of the sauce make each cauliflower floret "pop" in your mouth and the pine nuts add even more crunchy texture. —Kukla

What You'll Need
  • • 1 medium very fresh Cauliflower head
  • • ½ cup golden raisins
  • • ½ cup good quality mayonnaise
  • • 1 tablespoon Dry Sherry
  • • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • • 1 heaping teaspoon lemon zest
  • • 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon leaves (chopped)
  • • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • • Coarse salt and freshly grated black pepper to taste
  1. Separate the Cauliflower, cut of all of the stems, and separate again to as small flowers as you can. Combine them in a large bowl with raisins. In a smaller bowl mix together mayonnaise, Dry Sherry, lemon juice, lemon zest; salt and pepper to taste, add chopped tarragon.
  2. Mix in this sauce to the Cauliflower and raisins. Taste one more time for seasoning. Transfer to a serving dish and scatter the pine nuts on top. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

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6 Reviews

kathryn J. June 2, 2019
I made this (substituting chopped almonds for pine nuts - and I didn't have any sherry so used brandy) to rave reviews at a recent family gathering. A number of people have asked for the recipe. The lemon and tarragon worked so very well with the mayo and complimented the cauliflower perfectly. Make it!
EmilyC July 14, 2012
Yum -- this looks nice and fresh -- love the combination of flavors.
Kukla July 15, 2012
Thank you Emily!
Tarragon July 10, 2012
Cannot wait to try this.
Kukla July 10, 2012
Thanks Tarragon! This salad is very tasty.
Sagegreen July 8, 2011
This sounds so interesting with all the contrasting flavors!