This is not your average coleslaw or salad recipe with heaps of mayo – this is the best cauliflower salad.
I’m from the Midwest and we grew up on cauliflower and broccoli salad – my mom took it pretty close to the traditional recipe with lots of mayo, sugar (I know it sounds super weird to type it too), garlic and cheese, dried cranberries or raisins, lots of red onions and broccoli.
I loved it and would eat it with a spoon. Fast forward to adulthood and my taste preferences have changed along with my dietary experience. So I came up with a way to enjoy the concept of this salad, but I only tried it with cauliflower and a mayo-free dressing.
The best way to create a mayo-free dressing is to use a vinegar-based dressing made from olive oil and apple cider vinegar (sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar will also do).
My guess is that after trying it, you will find that this is the best cauliflower salad that is a crowd puller to bring to your next party, spring or summer picnic and share with friends.
Creating a Basic Five Nutrient Meal Using the Best Cauliflower Salad
A Foundational Five Nourish Meal is a meal that contains all 5 elements of our Foundational Five system: non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and the flavor factor.
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The Foundational Five will help you nourish your physical body so you can learn what to eat. This is the first step in mindful eating. The rest is knowing how to eat and how to positively experience your food.
By including these 5 elements in your meal you are supporting your physical body on a cellular level and ensuring that you are consuming the nutrients you need for sharp focus, calm digestion, sustained energy, healthy sleep, and long-term effects achieve health.
Here’s how you can incorporate this cauliflower salad into a basic five nutrient meal:
1 • Non-starchy carbohydrates
- Red onion
2 • Starchy or sugary carbohydrates
3 • Healthy fat
- olive oil
- Sunflower seeds
- Hemp seeds
4 • protein
5 • Taste factor
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Lemon peel
Cauliflower contains tremendous compounds that are involved in cancer protection and also for anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular benefits, digestive health (sulforaphane in cauliflower protects the digestive lining and prevents bacterial overgrowth such as H. pylori) and to aid detoxification (phase I and phase II).
Although cauliflower has not been studied individually, diets that include cauliflower and other members of the cruciferous family have been the most widely studied for cancer protection. Like most fruits and vegetables, broccoli contains large amounts of fiber, which helps our digestive systems move, keep us fuller for longer, and release a steady flow of energy into our bodies. That’s why this is the best cauliflower salad – it’s both tasty and nutritious!
DIM (diindolyl methane):
DIM (diindolylmethane) is a phytonutrient and vegetable indole found in most cruciferous vegetables and has been studied specifically with cancer prevention and anti-estrogenic properties in prostate, ovarian, cervical and breast cancers.
Glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin and gluconasturtiin. Mainly glucobrassicin -> which converts to isothyocinate -> which converts to indole-3-carbinol (also known as I3C), a powerful anti-inflammatory compound (fancy way of saying that it can be used in chronic inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular diseases Diseases and oxidative stress)