This is a slightly decadent salad with a lush sour cream dressing. It was inspired by the produce in my box of Imperfect Produce. Except for the pecans, everything else was from my produce order.
I started with a medium size head of cauliflower. I intended to make a smaller salad, but in the middle of cooking, I decided use the entire head and make one big salad. So sue me.
- 1 med. head of cauliflower, cleaned and chopped into florets (makes about 6 cups of florets)
- 10 Medjool Dates. Remove the pit, cut into strips lengthwise, then cut then down to small 1/4″ bites. Makes about 1 cup of chopped dates.
- 1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts. (Pecans don’t have the bitterness of walnuts.)
I tossed them in a plastic container, put a lid on it, and shook it to distribute evenly.
For the Dressing I mixed
- 1 cup fat free sour cream
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice for 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- salt (to taste)
Add to the bowl of salad, put the lid back on and shake it until it’s distributed.
When serving a bowl of salad, chiffonade and chop a leaf of fresh mint.
Don’t add the mint to the salad because then every bite would be minty and the flavor would overwhelm it. Instead, this gives you the unctuous creamy salad and occasional explosions of mint with the creamy salad. There’s a hint of sweetness from the dates and syrup, but it’s very subtle. The cauliflower is such a sturdy earthy flavor that it easily handles the sweetness. The texture mix is lovely with the different crunchy elements of the nuts and cauliflower with the chewy dates.
This is an addictive salad and really one serving is not enough.
% of Daily Target or Limit
|Total Calories||192||12% limit|
|Protein||4 g||9% target|
|Carbohydrate||25 g||20% target|
|Dietary Fiber||4 g||20% target|
|Total Sugars||15 g||No daily target or limit|
|Added Sugars||1 g||2% limit|
|Total Fat||10 g||No daily target or limit|
|Saturated Fat||1 g||5% limit|
|Monounsaturated Fat||6 g||No daily target or limit|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||3 g||No daily target or limit|
|Linoleic Acid||3 g||26% target|
|α-Linolenic Acid||0.1 g||13% target|
|Omega 3 – EPA||0 mg||No daily target or limit|
|Omega 3 – DHA||0 mg||No daily target or limit|
|Cholesterol||3 mg||1% limit|
|Calcium||75 mg||6% target|
|Potassium||443 mg||9% target|
|Sodium||213 mg||9% limit|
|Copper||236 µg||26% target|
|Iron||1 mg||11% target|
|Magnesium||39 mg||12% target|
|Phosphorus||112 mg||16% target|
|Selenium||3 µg||6% target|
|Zinc||1 mg||13% target|
|Vitamin A||24 µg RAE||3% target|
|Vitamin B6||0.2 mg||13% target|
|Vitamin B12||0.1 µg||4% target|
|Vitamin C||37 mg||49% target|
|Vitamin D||0 µg||0% target|
|Vitamin E||0 mg AT||2% target|
|Vitamin K||13 µg||14% target|
|Folate||53 µg DFE||13% target|
|Thiamin||0.2 mg||14% target|
|Riboflavin||0.1 mg||13% target|
|Niacin||1 mg||6% target|
|Choline||46 mg||11% target|