Cauliflower Salad with Pepperoncini & Peppers

Full of zip, this raw cauliflower salad with pepperoncini and peppers is a fantastic (and easy!) side salad for any meal. Add chickpeas or chicken to turn it into a main dish salad.
Cauliflower salad with chopped pepperoncini and roasted peppers in a dark gray bowl.

Cauliflower salad with chopped pepperoncini and roasted peppers in a dark gray bowl.

I fell hard for this cauliflower, right at first bite. I’m a sucker for anything that includes pickled or roasted vegetables, so the pepperoncini and roasted peppers sent me straight to salad nirvana.

Raw cruciferous vegetables have been my thing lately, starring in recipes such as my Thai Chicken Salad, Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad and Superfood Salad. If I make double portions for dinnertime, I’m left with leftovers for lunch for the week. Nothing makes me happier!

This recipe really is easy to put together. Separate the cauliflower into small florets and combine it with chopped pepperoncini, roasted peppers and parsley. Toss it all together with a simple lemon vinaigrette. Zippy, quick and delicious.

Two photos. Cauliflower florets and knife on cutting board. Pouring dressing on cauliflower and carrots in a glass bowl.

Two photos. Cauliflower florets and knife on cutting board. Pouring dressing on cauliflower and carrots in a glass bowl.

What you need for this Cauliflower salad::

These are the main components of this recipe (affiliate links included):

  • Cauliflower: A 2 to 2 ½-pound head of cauliflower will give you about 6 cups of small florets.
  • Pepperoncini: Jars of pepperoncini can be found alongside pickles and olives in most grocery stores.
  • Roasted peppers: Either use homemade or jarred (store-bought) roasted red peppers. If going the store-bought route, look for peppers that are packed in water rather than oil.
  • Parsley: Flat-leaf parsley – sometimes labeled as Italian parsley – can be found in the produce section.
  • Dressing: The dressing is a simple vinaigrette made of lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, dried oregano and salt.

Tips for making raw cauliflower salad:

This salad calls for about 6 cups of small cauliflower florets. One 2- to 2 ½-pound head of cauliflower should do the trick. Alternatively, look for bags of pre-cut florets that are often found in the produce section. The bagged florets are usually on the large size. I suggest cutting them into smaller florets for this salad.

The salad can be served up right away, but is even better when it rests for at least 30 minutes. If you have time, cover the salad and pop it into the fridge for a half hour or so.

Cauliflower florets, chopped roasted red pepper, pepperoncini and parsley in a glass bowl.

Cauliflower florets, chopped roasted red pepper, pepperoncini and parsley in a glass bowl.

Frequently asked questions:

Is this cauliflower salad spicy?

While lower on scoville scale (heat scale for peppers), the pepperoncini do add some zip to the flavor. If you’re sensitive to heat, replace them with pickled banana peppers, which are a little milder. Alternatively, leave them out altogether and replace with additional roasted red peppers.

Can this salad be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! In fact, the dressing acts as a marinade and adds flavor to the cauliflower as it rests. Make it up to a day ahead before serving for lunch or dinner.

How long does cauliflower salad last?

When properly stored, raw cauliflower salad should last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. The beauty of this salad is that raw cauliflower holds up incredibly well when dressed. No soggy salad!

Store it in an airtight container, such as these ones (affiliate).

What should I serve it with?

How do I turn it into a main dish salad?

There are plenty of options here. Stir in poached chicken or grilled shrimp, some cheese (feta works well) and some greens to bulk it up. I often serve it over a bed of spinach when serving it as an entrée.

For a vegetarian or vegan salad, stir in chickpeas or cannellini beans for added protein.

Tools used for this recipe:

Microplane – Keep a microplane/zester on hand for zesting citrus. They’re great for grating nutmeg, too.

Mini whisk – Great for whisking up dressings or small portions of sauces.

Raw cauliflower florets in a dark gray bowl with chopped roasted peppers and pepperoncini

Raw cauliflower florets in a dark gray bowl with chopped roasted peppers and pepperoncini

Other cauliflower recipes:

One Pot Pesto Sausage Cauliflower Rice Meal {Cookin’ Canuck}
Vegetarian Cauliflower Rice Skillet {Cookin’ Canuck}
Golden Coconut Cauliflower Soup {FamilyStyle Food}
Parmesan Cajun Spiced Cauliflower Steak {Nutmeg Nanny}

Cauliflower salad with chopped pepperoncini and roasted peppers in a dark gray bowl.Cauliflower salad with chopped pepperoncini and roasted peppers in a dark gray bowl.

Cauliflower Salad with Pepperoncini & Roasted Peppers

Full of zip, this raw cauliflower salad with pepperoncini and peppers is a fantastic (and easy!) side salad for any meal

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Course: Salads

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keyword: Cauliflower Salad, Plant Based

Servings: 9 Servings

Calories: 51.2kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 to 2 1/2 lb.) head of cauliflower (6 cups small florets)
  • 1 large carrot cut into thin half-circles
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted red peppers (from 1/2 large roasted pepper)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  • Remove the leaves and cut out the core. Then cut the cauliflower into small florets. Transfer to a large bowl.

  • Add the carrot to the bowl. Toss with the dressing.

  • Stir in the roasted red pepper, pepperoncini and parsley.

The dressing:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, oregano and salt.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 1 (Blue – Freestyle SP) / 1 (Green) / 1 (Purple)

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 51.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.2g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 3.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 85.5mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 2g


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