Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Healthy, Tasty Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Cauliflower Tabbouleh – what an amazing discovery!

I used to believe that cauli was not really worth the trouble:  smelly to cook, mushy texture and lacking distinctive flavour.

Man, was I mistaken….I had just been preparing it the wrong way!

This realization hit me when I discovered Cauliflower Mash.  (Never made it before? Try this recipe! It has become one of my favourite healthy go-to dishes).

I had not expected that the humble cauloflower had yet another suprise in store for me:  when grated it has a similar texture to couscous of bulghur.

Not only does this dish taste good, it is oh-so-healthy as cauliflower is low in carbs and full of nutrients (rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, omega 3 etc.)

(discovered on ‘My Man’s Belly)
Serves 1

1/2 pomegranate
1/2 cauliflower
handful parsley
handful mint
juice of 1/4 – 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
1/8 – 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
black pepper



  1. Remove the arils from the pomegranate. (You might have your own trick, but I like filling a big bowl with water and then using a spoon to remove the arils under water. This ensures the juices do not spray all over the place. Once you have removed all the arils you can drain them through a sieve.)
  2. Grate the cauliflower in small pieces on a box grater or food processor.
  3. Chop the parsley and mint.
  4. Make a dressing by combining the lemon, oil, cinnamon and pepper.
  5. You can leave the cauliflower raw or briefly warm it. I prefer it slightly warmed so I bring a large pot of water to the boil. Briefly blanch the cauliflower and then drain it.
  6. Just before serving combine cauliflower, dressing, herbs, half the pomegranate. Sprinkle with the remaining pomegranate.


Serve with

  • For a super healthy dinner with
    some fish steamed on lemon
    blanched green beans
  • For an easy yet special looking dinner with
    roast quail
    blanched carrots with sliced radishes and a dressing of oil, lemon, cumin, cinnamon, parsley


  1. I’m so glad to hear that you like this recipe. Cauliflower is one of those hidden gems in the vegetable world. Love your photo too.

  2. Liz said:

    I kept on wondering what bird that was…quail it is. Lovely dinner, no carbs…mmm This is the kind of meal I should be eating. I need to lose weight!!!!

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