Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale and Cabbage

So I’ve been doing this thing that has been making me feel like a natural woman…

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale, Cabbage, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

…And no, it has nothing to do with bathing, shaving, behaving, or any action verb that requires proper hygiene or social normalcy.

I’ve been taking an online photography class, people! I feel like a kid in grade school again. My Magic School Bus lunchbox is packed, my sticker book is ready for some gold stars, and all of my fun-shaped erasers and freshly-sharpened pencils are ready for the note-taking. Girl’s getting edumucated, art-style!

A few years ago, I came across Eva’s blog, Adventures in Cooking. I was immediately drawn to her photography, and since then, she has been my photography idol. Can I be you, Eva? Please and thank you. When I saw that she was offering an online food styling and photography workshop, I just about died.

And then I did some pacing. And some head scratching. And some ice cream binge eating. Followed by some wall-staring, followed by more pacing. Because this is how I deal with the thought of change.

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale, Cabbage, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

There is a lot to be said for being self-taught, self-made, self-absorbed (all of which I have down pat), but from time to time, you need a mentor, a teacher, a sensei, a life coach, to step in and help guide you along your path. So sign up for the workshop I did, and now I’m learning all the photographic things.

I enjoy the way Eva has set up her class. Each week, we have two webinars and after each lesson, we have a hands-on assignment. So I’ve been practicing my photog skillz in a way I’ve never done before and it’s putting some serious pip in my step. Like a new lady, wearing a new dress, with a new flavor of chapstick. And probably proper hygiene. With nail polish.

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale, Cabbage, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

Check out the f/stop on this sultry sight for sore eyes! UGH! So pretty (excuse me while I stroke my own ego).

Because I LOVE killing two birds with one stone, I did so with assignment #1. I was inspired by Andrea’s Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous with Roasted Chickpeas and had been meaning to do cauliflower in the raw for quite some time. So I whipped up this recipe and used it as my subject for my assignment.

This raw cauliflower couscous…I had no idea what to name it. Power Couscous Bamboozle. Superfood Cauliflower Jamborooski. Bad Mama Jama Cruciferous Vegetable Bowl. I’m real creative. So I ended up naming it something blasé, yet relevant, so that I would get SEO bonus points for really buzz-wording it out. Anyhoo, there’s a lot going on in this bowl. You should investigate it.

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale, Cabbage, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

In case you’re confused about the difference between cauliflower rice and cauliflower couscous, there really isn’t any. Except, the “couscous” recipes seem to be left raw, and the “rice” recipes are cooked. You make all the same movements for this recipe as you would for cauliflower rice, except you skip the cooking. Easy peasy.

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale, Cabbage, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t eat this entire recipe within a 12 hour period. It’s just. so. edible. The combination of cauliflower, cabbage, AND kale (cruciferous veggies galore), with a lemon-y mustard dressing and walnuts + dried cranberries may sound strange. In fact, I was pretty sure the whole thing was going to be a bust. But it wasn’t. It was quite the opposite – a gold mine of good eats. You’re going to have to taste it to believe it, so pretty please, do!

Go raw, dog (not to be confused with…nevermind).

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale

Ingredients

  • ½ head cauliflower, grated (4 cups)
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups tightly packed dino kale, thinly sliced*
  • 5 stalks green onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • Salt and cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse all of the vegetables very well and pat dry.
  2. Remove the stems on the cauliflower, chop the head in half, and grate one of the halves using a box grater (note: you can also pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor).
  3. Add cauliflower couscous, cabbage, kale, green onion, dried cranberries, and walnuts to a large serving bowl.
  4. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and stone ground mustard together in a small bowl. Pour it over the veggies and toss everything together well.
  5. Serve alongside your favorite entree.

Notes

*you can also use curly kale or Russian kale

http://www.theroastedroot.net/raw-cauliflower-couscous-with-kale-and-cabbage/

Comments

  1. Julie says

    Awesome! Beautiful shots! Also, this salad has fabulous colors too, but can we say fiber central? I’d feel so healthy! And then, I’d have a huge bowl of ice cream, because it would be like cancelled out by eating so much healthy food. Yes, that’s the way I think when it comes to food. Or pie. That would work, too.

    • says

      Totally fiber central. I feel like this is a very good “system cleanout” kind of meal. TMI? Never. Anyhoo…I followed the cauli couscous up with a pint of ice cream, so it sounds like we’re on the same wavelength…but that doesn’t come as a shocker ;) xoxo

  2. says

    This looks so good! I’ve been wanting to take a photography class lately too–I tried a generic online one last year and while it was okay, I feel like I have so much more to learn, and I know I learn so much better from a person than from a textbook. Your photos look great!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Kelsey! I have been weary about taking online photog classes, but since I’m bloggy friends with Eva, I knew hers would be a hit. I seriously recommend it for her next workshop, if you have the time! I feel like I should have done this ages ago.

  3. says

    I’m still taking pics with my phone, mostly because I feel intimidated by photography, but I really need to get a real camera and take a photography class so that my photos might be half as pretty as yours!
    I’m all over this jammin’ bowl of cruciferousness! Dude!

    • says

      I’m actually supremely amazed at how well iPhones take photos! I feel like a lot of us bloggers use them. I was totally intimidated by fancy cameras for a long time, too. I swear, they’re easier than you would think ;)

  4. says

    You completely deserve to stroke your own ego. I’m honestly in awe of how sweet and humble you are with all of the talent you have. Your head is not big at all so stroke away my dear!

    I love all of the colors and textures in this salad. I would crunch my way through it in less than 12 hours too!

  5. says

    Cruciferous veggies for the win! This looks amazing, and you can’t beat the crunch of all those vegetables. Yum. And mustard and kale are soulmates, in my opinion. Like tomato and basil.

    Thanks for sharing that online course, by the way — I am starting to feel like my photography is holding me back, even though I can see a major improvement over the year I’ve had my blog. Definitely need to seek something like that out and invest a little in improvement!

    • says

      I’m so glad you’re down for the cruciferous veg! And the mustard…can we put it on everything? Please and thank you.

      Eva’s class is amazeballs. I seriously recommend it – I feel like I know my DSLR in a way I never would have. Let me know if you take her next workshop!

  6. says

    You have me cracking up, raw dog…. haha! That is so awesome that you are taking a photography class!! Not that you need one because your photos are always amazing, but I imagine it is so fun to learn new thing! When I first got my dSLR I had to take a class to figure out how to use the thing, but I think it would be so much fun to take a class that focused more on food photography and styling. Maybe I need to look into this class!

    I’ve been wanting to experiment with cauliflower rice/couscous lately and you just gave me the perfect excuse! Dino kale is my favorite and I wish I had a huge batch of this salad to eat everyday for lunch this week :)

    • says

      Yup, I totally feel like I should have taken Eva’s class eleventy billion years ago. You did a smart thing by taking a class when you got your camera…I’ve been seriously under-estimating mine!

      I think you’d LOVE this couscous! Lemme know if you try it!

  7. says

    Woo! Good for you. Learning rockz and so do magic schoooo bus lunch bags. I’m really digging this recipe you have here. Such a great combo of flavours, textures, and health benefits! I feel healthier just looking at it. Good luck with all of your new photography endeavours, Julia! :)

  8. Lexa says

    This looks incredible! I’m just finishing up chemotherapy, and this seems like the perfect anti-cancer food. Going to be making this for lunch a lot!

    • says

      Oh Lexa, I’m sorry to hear you’ve had to go through chemo. I hope you feel better soon, and am sending all my warm wishes your way! xoxo

  9. says

    Firstly – this dish sounds delicious, and right up my alley – cauliflower couscous is such a great idea! And secondly, your photography looks amazing! It always has been great, but these shots in particular are just lovely, and the lighting is perfect. I would love to do this course – do you know if she is offering another intake?

    • says

      Thanks, beautiful! I assume Eva will be doing another workshop. Would you like me to put you two in touch? Just so you know, there are people from all over the world in my workshop…Eva makes it super easy to take the class if you’re on a completely different time zone, so you’d have no problem with it!

  10. says

    That is so awesome that you’ve been taking that class. Your photography is already beautiful…I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow! And this salad? YUM! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend.

  11. says

    I am a completely self-taught photographer and a DIY’er at most things . . . often out of necessity. Your photos here look gorgeous though and the recipe sounds perfect – adding it to my menu for next week! Good luck with the class – sounds fun!

  12. says

    So, I’m going to be keeping my ears to the ground about when Eva’s next class will be…because damn do these photos look good! I mean, your photos ALWAYS look good, but these really make me want to dive into a bowl of raw cauli. And that is no easy feat.

  13. says

    Hope you’re having fun in your photo class (don’t doubt you are, sounds like you can have fun ere’where)! love love love cauliflower couscous!

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