Raw Tabouli Salad

Using cauliflower instead of rice is a super secret – that’s not so secret anymore!

I recently made Amber’s Raw Rice Pilaf from Practically Raw, which uses cauliflower and almonds to simulate the rice part of the pilaf. Delicious! I used the left-overs to make almost raw avocado sushi rolls! (They were almost raw because my nori sheets were toasted.)

I spread the raw rice mixture out on the nori sheet, flattened it down with the back of a spoon, added sliced avocado, and rolled tightly. I didn’t use a bamboo rolling mat, which I actually own (thanks to my friend Ellen – who not-so-secretly wants me to use it to make her some avocado sushi – ha!), but I can’t quite remember where I put it. I know it’s safely out of the way – but I can’t remember where that is :-/ Don’t you hate that?!

Regardless, the sushi rolls were amazing. Great first attempt at home made sushi!

Before I tried the raw rice pilaf, I riced some cauliflower and used it in place of Bulgar in some raw, oil free tabouli.

Raw Tabouli Salad

1 head cauliflower, riced (chopped small and processed in food processor until resembles rice)

1 bunch parsley, chopped (curly or flat leaf)

2 tomatoes, seeded and diced

2-4 green onions, minced

1/4 c match stick carrots, chopped

2 celery ribs, diced

4 lg radishes, sliced thinly

1/4-1/2 bell pepper (any color)

1 c chopped greens (chard, kale, spinach, lettuce, etc)

Dressing

1/4 c soy sauce (or tamari, Braggs liquid aminos, coconut aminos, nama shoyu to keep it raw)

1 TBSP curry powder (less for less spice, more for more spice)

1/4 c fresh lemon juice (about 2 juicy lemons) OR ACV

1 TBSP granulated garlic/garlic powder OR 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced

Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Add to salad and toss to combine. Flavors meld over time, so try to allow a few hours before eating. (I usually make mine the day before I plan to eat it.) If the salad is too dry, make a little more dressing, or just add a splash of soy sauce. Additionally, if you don’t mind, you may choose to add a little olive oil. (Sometimes, when I eat a bowl of this salad, I add half of a diced avocado, which makes the salad feel a little more like a meal. )

Don’t be afraid to add your own mix of veggies. Stick to traditionally tabouli veggies or go crazy! Sometimes I add raw or frozen peas to up the protein, fresh (raw) corn for added sweetness, or sliced broccoli crows (just the nibbins) for added everything.

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4 responses

  1. Wow! I’ve seen other raw recipes for tabouleh using hemp seeds, but I bet it would be nice to use half cauli, half hemp seeds to cut the fat calories a smidge. Great idea! I’ll be trying this one! 🙂

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