Cauliflower Broccoli Tabouli
I prepared this at the Season for all Cooks 2015 Edible Education Series http://labellaterre.com/blogs/blog/17102032-a-season-for-all-cooks-the-2015-edible-education-series A fellow from Lebanon commented that it made him think of his grandmother’s tabouli; I told him his grandmother must have liked spiced tabouli since this is an unusual version of the traditional dish.
Cauliflower and broccoli tabouli with pistachios and pomegranate seeds
- 1 large cauliflower, base and leaves removed
- 1 large broccoli stalk (about 1/3 the amount of the cauliflower)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about one lemon)
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, quartered, seeds removed, then cut into 8 strips and diced (about 1 ½ cups)
- 5-6 springs parsley, minced (about ¼ cup)
- 2 spring onions, sliced in thin rounds
- Lemon zest from one lemon
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- [b]Spice and seasoning mix[/b]
- 2 teaspoons coriander
- ¼ teaspoon allspice berries (about 6 berries)
- ½ teaspoon of cumin seed
- ¼ teaspoon of Aleppo chile flakes or red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Seeds from ¼ of a pomegranate
- 1/3 cup toasted, salted pistachios
- Cut the cauliflower in quarters. Add the lemon juice to a mixing bowl, then hold the cauliflower by the base and using a cheese grater over the bowl, grate the florets against the larger holes (the grated size should be pieces that are about ⅛ inch). Stop grating if the results look like grated cheese strips and use the remaining stalks for a soup base or to roast.
- Grate the broccoli into the bowl in the same manner.
- Prepare the cucumbers, herbs, onions, lemon zest and add to the cauliflower mixture.
- Grind together the coriander, allspice berries and cumin seeds and toss into the cauliflower mixture along with the chile flakes and salt.
- Add the olive oil and stir well, then top with half the pomegranate seeds and pistachios and give a quick stir then toss the rest on top.
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