Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Paige Hicks
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 10 (serving size: about 1 cup)

From the Kitchen of…Domenica Marchetti, Cooking Light Contributor

For Domenica, it isn't Thanksgiving without her mother's cauliflower with cured olives and capers. She updated the dish for a vibrant side salad.

Make this salad a day ahead if you want the flavors to absorb into the cauliflower a little more. Just hold off on adding the cheese until right before serving.

How to Make It

Step 1

Set a steamer basket in a large saucepan; fill pan with water up to but not touching the bottom of basket. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Add the cauliflower florets; cover and steam 5 minutes or just until tender.

Step 2

Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl. Add bell peppers, red onion, parsley, chopped olives, crushed red pepper, and celery; toss gently to combine.

Step 3

Combine oil, juice, vinegar, black pepper, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Pour dressing over vegetables; toss gently. Sprinkle with cheese; toss gently to combine.

Step 4

Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes to 1 hour. (To serve chilled, refrigerate up to 4 hours.) Sprinkle with celery leaves, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Better with feta

June 17, 2017
We liked this hamburgers as it's reshreshing. Definitely use feta in this, add fresh herbs like oregano or doll if possible

Christmas meal side dish

December 24, 2015
This is sooooooo yummy!  You don't even realize how healthy it is it's so good.  My guests wiped the bowl clean.

Crowd Pleaser

March 23, 2016
I brought this to a holiday get together and everyone, even none veggie-lovers, went back for seconds! Travels well and lends itself to make ahead.

Really good!

October 24, 2016
Perfect for a potluck or BBQ.  Very tasty and unique.