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Cauliflower, broccoli and lemon salad

This nutritious, cauliflower, broccoli and lemon salad is the perfect accompaniment to meat, especially lamb or fish.   The lemon dressing helps to cut through and freshen up the fat in the lamb.  It also compliments fish.  I love this because it is very simple to make, can be pre-prepared for dinner and it’s great for entertaining a large group too.

What’s so healthy about this easy to prepare salad?  Well, the phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables are potent antioxidants and are known to prevent various types of cancer, as well as playing a role in the prevention of heart disease.  They are also very nutritious, containing a multitude of vitamins and minerals.  Almonds contribute health promoting minerals, protein, and good fats.  The zest and lemon juice will support a healthy immune system.  Another simple ‘super’ food recipe to compliment your meal.

The dressing, almonds, and feta are often enough to convert fussy children too.  It takes boring old vegetables to another level!

Serves 4 -6

Half a head of a large cauliflower washed and cut into small florets
Half a head of a large broccoli washed and cut into small florets
1 large or 2 small red onions, peeled, halved and sliced
½ cup slivered or flaked almonds, toasted
100 grams (approx) of soft feta cheese (Persian or danish is best) if this is not available then use the best possible quality feta available

Juice and zest of the whole lemon
¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard (this makes it creamy, not spicy)
(any extra dressing pop in the fridge for another salad)

Optional extras
Mint leaves are lovely with lamb especially
Parsley leaves, for a green iron boost
You can replace the feta with goats feta or goat curd


  1. Steam the cauliflower and broccoli until they just start to cook, about 2 minutes over boiling water (they should still be a little crunchy).
  2. Remove from the heat and refresh by running under cold water (this stops them from continuing to cook).
  3. Drain well and place in a salad bowl.
  4. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing together and set aside.
  5. Add the almonds, onion and feta and dress just prior to serving.

Dairy free
Omit the feta.

Nut free
Replace the almonds with pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

Dislike cauliflower or broccoli
Firstly try it this way,  the flavour combination is sensational.  Otherwise, just leave out or replace with green beans, peas or snow peas.

Dislike onion
Replace with spring onion or just leave out.

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  • Kylie Schubel

    Just finished making this I used goats cheese fetta looks amazing !!! Can’t wait for dinner!

  • Kylie Schubel

    Just finished making this I used goats cheese fetta looks amazing !!! Can’t wait for dinner!

  • Jane

    G, I struggle with salad dressings, love citrus, use lemons & limes all the time but need to be more adventurous with yogurt and oil blends, something that can be put together in no time?

    • Try to always use the zest of the lemons and limes too – for a minute of extra effort, so much more nutrition and immune protection. I like yogurt based dressings with Indian and Moroccan salads. I usually add tahini, spices and citrus juice to the yogurt. My main rule with dressings is a fat (oil or yogurt) plus about half the quantity of an acid (citrus or a vinegar). Don’t worry, I have plenty of dressing ideas to come. G x
      PS – see my oils for dressing/pouring under the ‘In the Pantry’ header bar.

  • Debbie

    Yum, yum , yum. We all loved it – kids too.

    • Great Debbie, really pleased. Sometimes simple is best. G x

  • Rosanne O’Brien

    Loved this G so refreshing and tasty. I also made the lentil salad and ate both with some crusty Turkish bread. Easy dinner for one. Thanks x

  • Katrina

    Finally got around to making this and wish I’d done it sooner, absolutely delicious we all loved it, will be a new go to vege salad! Thanks Georgia

    • Ooh, glad you liked it. A simple but really flavoursome salad. Thanks for letting me know, G x

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