Spring vegetable & cauliflower tabbouleh

Grated cauliflower replaces the grains in this twist on a Middle Eastern salad with parsley, mint, asparagus and courgette

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:15 mins
    plus cooling
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 223
  • fat 16g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 9g
  • sugars 7g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.4g


  • 1 whole cauliflower (about 500g when trimmed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 tbsp hot vegetable stock
  • 125g pack fine asparagus, stems cut into small pieces, tips left whole
  • 1 courgette, cut into small cubes
  • zest 2 lemons, juice of 1
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained and chopped
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 50g parsley, leaves only
  • small pack mint, leaves only
  • bunch spring onions, shredded


Raw or cooked

You could use raw cauliflower here, but I prefer to lightly cook it with a little stock to mellow out the flavour and take the texture down a notch. 


  1. Grate the cauliflower on the coarse side of a box grater, stopping only when you get to the very hard central core. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, add the cauliflower with some seasoning and fry over a medium heat for 3 mins, stirring regularly. Splash in the stock, stir, then cover the pan and cook for 3-4 mins more. Stir once or twice during cooking until the cauliflower is just tender and the stock is absorbed. Spread over a plate and leave to cool. Wipe out the pan.

  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and add the asparagus stems, courgette and seasoning. Fry over a high heat until turning golden, about 3 mins. Add the asparagus tips, fry for 2 mins more, then leave to cool.

  3. Mix the zest and lemon juice, and the sugar, capers, oil and some seasoning. Chop the herbs fairly finely, then tip into a large bowl with the cauliflower, vegetables and spring onions. When ready to eat, add the dressing and mix well. Mound onto a serving plate, drizzle with a little more oil, then cut the remaining zested lemon into wedges and serve alongside.

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