Shaved cauliflower salad

For me to enjoy having a salad (and especially a vegetarian salad!) as a main meal, it needs to be seriously delicious. This salad was exactly that. A Mandoline slicer will be your friend so this salad a cinch to make. We demolished it in no time, so is definitely good as a meal on its own or you could serve it as a side dish if you wish. I think it would be lovely packed for a picnic to enjoy the gentle winter sun, the salad can soften in the dressing for a while no trouble!


  • 1/4 head cauliflower, shaved
  • 4 radishes, shaved
  • 3 sticks celery, peeled and then shaved
  • 1/2 an apple, cut into match sticks
  • small handful almonds, chopped


  • 1/2 lemon, juice and zest
  • bit less than 1/4 cup best parmesan extra virgin olive oil (I used parmesan olive oil but you can absolutely use standard EVOO but maybe add some shaved parmesan too!)
  • 1 small tsp Dijon mustard

Shake ingredients together in a small jar. Taste and adjust the dressing until you have the right balance, adding a bit of salt too.

Optional extras

  • parsley leaves
  • celery leaves
  • substitute radishes for small radicchio
  • pear instead of apple
  • smoked or roasted almonds instead of standard

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