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Marinated Cauliflower Salad

A quick partial cooking of cauliflower brings out its sweetness but preserves its crunch. Marinating the salad in the refrigerator unites the flavors.

  • servings: 6




  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into small florets
  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brine-packed capers, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Cook's Note

Refrigerate up to 1 day.


  1. Step 1

    Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Working in batches, blanch cauliflower until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to a bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together vinegar, onion, and mustard in a small bowl. Pour in oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over warm cauliflower, and add capers and parsley. Stir to combine.

  3. Step 3

    Cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 1 day. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2009