Pomegranate Cauliflower Salad

Pomegranate Cauliflower Salad

In summer, we eat salads for their freshness. Right away, it’s to put some sunshine on the table. Days that we are in the fog. It’s sad!

Fortunately, Santa Claus was very kind to me, and brought me Ottolenghi’s latest book, Simple. This book, I love it! Maybe even more than the previous ones. I particularly like the way the vegetables are cooked, the combination of flavors.
Many recipes are vegetarian. So we took advantage of the holidays and the fact that my vegetarian daughter was at home to test several of them. It was perfect every time.

As cauliflower is unanimous in my house, we fell in love with this salad. In the book, it’s called raw-cooked cauliflower, because part is browned in the oven and the other is simply shredded raw. I loved the combination of cauliflower and pomegranate. A delight!

This is a salad that I will make again very soon!

Pomegranate Cauliflower Salad:


1 large cauliflower

1 onion

60ml olive oil

1/2 bunch of parsley

1/2 bunch of mint

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 pomegranate

1.5 tbsp lemon juice

40g pine nuts

salt pepper

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Put 2/3 of the cauliflower detailed in small heads on a plate as well as the minced onion.

Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season. Mix and cook for about 20 minutes. Stir halfway through cooking.

Let cool.

Meanwhile, coarsely grate the remaining cauliflower.

Add chopped herbs and pomegranate seeds.

Add cumin, olive oil and lemon juice. Season.

Lightly roast the pine nuts by frying them for 2/3 minutes.

Arrange a large plate with the cauliflower semolina, the cooled roasted cauliflower and the pine nuts.

Raw-cooked cauliflower, pomegranate and pistachios from Ottolenghi

To finish: in the photo you can see some leaves of the cauliflower. Ottolenghi recommends putting them on, but we didn’t really appreciate it.


In the recipe, pistachios are normally used rather than pine nuts. There is also tarragon.


I love pomegranate. Unfortunately, those that we find are not always very beautiful. I hate that the arils aren’t a gorgeous bright red. Already, it is not appetizing, but especially the taste is not there.


If you don’t have a grater, raw cauliflower can also be cut very finely with a knife.

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