Cauliflower, Walnuts and Parsley Salad

May 24, 2007 | Filed Under Lucullian Delights blog, Salad, Vegetables 

A few things I love:  Simple recipes, Ilva’s recipes; Cauliflower, Walnuts and Parsley.  

Are there some foods that you sometimes crave?  When I first saw this recipe on Ilva’s blog, my body immediately craved cauliflower, walnuts, and parsley.  After my first taste, I couldn’t get enough.  So far, I’ve made this recipe three times — in one week — once for dinner and twice for lunch. 

Ilva prepared her special salad with uncooked cauliflower.  However, I wasn’t sure I’d like the uncooked version, so I  steamed my cauliflower.  The last time I made the salad, I didn’t have time to cook the cauliflower and ended up eating it uncooked.  Well, well!  Turns out that I liked it.  I really liked the uncooked version, too. 

Oh!  I almost forgot the highlight of preparing the salad was making the herb salt.  I was so excited about my herb salt.  Yeah, I know.  It takes so little to excite me.  😉  My  herb salt smelled and tasted divine, it had me doing my happy dance.  For the herbs, I used rosemary and thyme.  Loved it!  Just the thought of my herb salt brings the feelings of a happy  dance stiring through my body.  Thanks, Ilva!

By the way, Rosa of Rosa’s Yummy Yum Yums is hosting a Sunday Brunch Meme and Event, where participants are asked to blog about the typical meal they have for Sunday Brunch (or your holiday or free day.).  The deadline is June 30.  If you’re interested in participating, look here for the guidelines.




Cauliflower, Walnut and Parsley Salad or Insalata di Cavolfiore con Noci e Prezzemolo

Lucullian Delights


A small cauliflower

Walnuts, chopped

Parsle, chopped

Lemon juice

Salt, preferably herb salt

Extra virgin olive oil


– Clean the cauliflower carefully and divide it into quarters.

– Slice the cauliflower finely on a mandolin, slice the’flowery’ part and save the woodier part of the trunk for a soup or something else.

– Put the cauliflower in a bowl, quickly whisk salt, chopped parsley, lemon juice and oil together before adding it to the cauliflower.

– Top with a generous sprinkling of chopped walnuts and serve.




Herb Salt

Lucullian Delights


Fresh herbs, whatever you like, you can make it with different ones or just one.

Coarse salt


– Take a bunch of fresh herbs and remove the woody parts if there are any.  Put them in a blender together with a fistful of coarse salt.

– Turn the blender on and let it run until it has become like fine salt.  Add more herbs if you want.

– Put it in a jar and use it.  Often.





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16 Responses to “Cauliflower, Walnuts and Parsley Salad”

  1. Paz, sei pazza veramente! I’m really happy and flattered that you liked it so much! Thanks! And the photos are just great!
    tantissimi baci

  2. I love Ilva’s recipes, too, as they’re representing the cooking style I love most – one this, some that, a handful of herbs. None of that 0.5 tsp and 75 grams stuff.
    Great choice – glad to hear it’s such a success at your place:)

  3. Thank you for reminding me I want to make this! It is truly lovely!!

  4. Lovely looking salad — and now you’ve got me totally thinking about making herb salt!

  5. This is very interesting. Ilva proposes her recipe with raw cauliflower, then Paz steams the cauliflower and I make a very similar recipe with roasted cauliflower. I got the recipe from a magazine, but I made a small variation which uses pecans instead of walnuts. This basically means that raw, steamed or roasted, cauliflower is delicious. The Italian word ‘cavolo’ is actually sometimes used with negative connotation. I’ll put it on my list of words to describe in my dictionary in the near future.
    Thanks for visiting my site Paz. I am enjoying a lot meeting people via their blogs.

  6. My late father used to tell me that if I ate cauliflower, the boys would like me. I stayed away from it for years. I wised up around high school, I think…

    That herb salt looks very interesting. I’m going to give it a try! By the way, since you are into cauliflower: steam and mash the c-flower, add the salt. It is like mashed potatoes, but not as heavy, no starch. It is yummy!

  7. I thought this recipe looked great on Ilva’s blog too. Now I must make it since you’ve also given it a thumbs up. Great photos. Love the close-up of the herb salt.

  8. I like raw cauliflower. This sounds easily to make….no cooking involved. :-)

  9. Hi Paz,
    I somehow missed that one at Ilva’s, so I’m glad you wrote about it. My brother gave me a set of different kinds of herbed salts that I am really enjoy, so now you’ve inspired me to make my own. Thanks.

  10. It looks so good, Paz! I’m hungry now! :)

  11. Haha! I particularly like the last photo of the salad, Paz!


  12. Ilva: Thank you! And thanks for the inspiration!

    Pille: LOL! I so agree with you!

    Tanna: Hurry up and make it! 😉

    Lydia: You HAVE to make the herb salt! :mrgreen:

    Simona: Welcome! Roasted cauliflower? I like the sound of that, too! I’m interested in the definition/connotation of ‘cavolo.’ I can’t wait till you blog about it. 😉

    Mari: Your dad was so wise. I love the idea of the mashed cauliflower. Yes, please make some herb salt. You have to! 😉

    Kalyn: Oh, yes, you have to make it. Thanks for your compliments! 😀

    Ming the Merciless: If you love raw cauliflower, you’ll definitely love this recipe. I’ve discovered that I really like the raw cauliflower. Big surprise to me. I love that there’s no cooking involved and very easy to put together. When you get a chance, try it!

    Anna Maria: How nice of your brother to give you such a gift. It’s even more fun to make your own, too. Go for it! 😛

    Patricia: LOL! Yes, it was very good 😛

    Elizabeth: Hi there! LOL! Yeah, that was my plate which I cleaned very fast. :mrgreen:

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!


  13. hi paz!
    sayang nahuli ako..i was looking for a new recipe for cauliflower yesterday fo Lasang Pinoy…but i still want to try this! thanks!

  14. I love the salt recipe. Thanks.

  15. HI Ces: When you try it, tell me what you think about it.

    Hi Barbara: I love this receipe, too. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!


  16. […] time ago, I made some herb salt (with rosemary and thyme).  I loved it!  I used it on almost everything.  It was […]

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