Crunchy Cauliflower salad with Dukkah

Here’s a scrumptious and flavorful recipe for dukkah cauliflower salad that’s perfect for any occasion. It’s refreshing and would make a great side dish for falafel or a tasty sandwich.

raw cauliflower salad sprinkled with homemade dukkah

About this recipe

Have you heard of Dukkah? It’s a delightful blend of nuts, seeds, and spices that can be used to enhance the flavor of dishes like salads and hummus. Its unique taste is quite versatile and pairs well with many different foods, especially in this fresh and crispy recipe.

What is dukkah?

Dukkah, also known as duqqa, is a mixture of spices, nuts, and seeds of Egyptian origin. The name comes from the Arabic “دقة” which means “to crush” or “to crush”, which describes the technique used to prepare the mixture.

Dukkah is traditionally used as a seasoning for bread. A piece of bread is dipped in olive oil and then dipped in the dukkah mixture for flavor. However, its use is not limited to this purpose. It can also be sprinkled over salads, roasted vegetables, eggs, or used as a marinade for meats.

The dukkah recipe can vary but generally includes ingredients such as nuts (often hazelnuts), sesame seeds, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper.

bowl of raw cauliflower, parsley, red onion and cucumber

Cauliflower Salad Ingredients

  • Cauliflower. For smaller cauliflower pieces, you can chop them finely or even use a box grater or food processor (affiliate link) to grate them.
  • Cucumber. For optimal results, it’s best to use English or Persian cucumbers when peeling and chopping, as they have fewer seeds.
  • Parsely. For the best flavor, it is recommended to use flat-leaf parsley that has been washed and chopped.
  • Red onion. For super thinly sliced red onion that has a strong bite, you can soak it in ice water to remove the spiciness.
  • Lime juice, when selecting limes, it is best to choose large, juicy ones with perfectly acidic juice.
  • Olive oil, look for a good one with a lot of flavor.

cauliflower salad

How to grate cauliflower?

If you want to grate cauliflower, there are various methods you can use. You can opt for a traditional box grater, a food processor (affiliate link), or even a knife.

Box Grater: Simply take a cauliflower floret and rub it against the large hole side of the grater.

Food processor: If you have a food processor, this might be the quickest and easiest way to grate the cauliflower. Add the florets to the processor and pulse until the cauliflower is the consistency of rice grains.

Knife: If you don’t have a grater or food processor, cut the cauliflower into small pieces with a knife. This method may take longer, but it will still give you similar results.

a hand made green bowl with dukkah

Ingredients for making dukkah

  • Roasted sesame seeds
  • Chopped almonds (affiliate link)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Coriander seeds (coriander seeds)
  • Cumin seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Add *optional
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

How to make the dukkah?

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients. Put the mixture in a frying pan on medium heat for two minutes or until the species become fragrant. Be careful not to burn them.

When they are ready, remove them from the heat and let cool, mixing from time to time. When they are cold you can put them on a board and chop as small as you can, or put them in a mortar or pestle and grind them until they look like bread crumbs, or put them in the bowl of the food processor and pulse.

Tips for making dukkah

You can use ground spices if you do not have all the spices in the seed. Similarly, if you don’t have almonds (affiliate link), but do have pistachios, add pistachios.

If you lack any spice, skip it, really, however you want; it will be good for you.

bowl of dukkah next to a bowl with olive oil and pita bread

How to make raw cauliflower salad?

In a large bowl, mix the salad ingredients: cauliflower, cucumber, parsley, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Mix, cover, and put in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Remove from the refrigerator and sprinkle with the dukkah. Serve with pita or homemade bread on the side.

How to make raw cauliflower salad?

In a large bowl, mix the salad ingredients: cauliflower, cucumber, parsley, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Mix, cover, and put in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Remove from the refrigerator and sprinkle with the dukkah. Serve with pita or homemade bread on the side.

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Receta de ensalada de coliflor con dukka perfecta para acompañar cualquier platillo. Es ligera, deliciosas y super nutritiva. Cauliflower salad with dukka.

Cauliflower salad with dukkah

Alejandra Graf
A super fresh salad and full of flavor with sprinkled dukkah on top. The dukkah is a mixture of nuts, seeds, and delicious spices.
5 de 1 voto
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people
Calories 238 kcal

Equipment

  • Box grater or food processor

Ingredients
  

Cauliflower Salad

  • 1/2 head of chopped cauliflower , as small as possible
  • 1 large cucumber , washed, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch of chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup sliced ​​onion sliced ​​super thin
  • 2 large limes or lemons, the juice
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil or more you find it necessary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Dukkha

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 of sunflower seeds
  • 4 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sumac * optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Cauliflower Salad.

  • Chop as small as you can the cauliflower; you can also put it in the bowl of the food processor with the blade attachment. Pulse it several times until it is as small as rice.
  • Put the chopped cauliflower in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients: cucumber, parsley, purple onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.
  • Mix, cover, and place in the refrigerator for half an hour. Remove from the fridge and sprinkle the dukkah on top.
    Serve with pita bread or fresh homemade bread.

Dukkha

  • In a bowl mix all the ingredients.
  • Put the mixture in a frying pan on medium heat for two minutes or until the species become fragrant. Be careful not to burn them.
  • Once the ingredients are toasted, it is best to take them off the heat and allow them to cool down. Remember to stir the mixture occasionally during this process.
    Once the mixture has cooled down, you can either finely chop it on a board, grind it in a mortar until it resembles breadcrumbs, or pulse it several times in a food processor.

Notes

If you have any leftover dukkha from the cauliflower salad, make sure to store it in a sealed jar in a cool location.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 6gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.002gSodium: 604mgPotassium: 443mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 83IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 216mgIron: 4mg
Keyword cauliflower, raw cauliflower salad

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