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Pink Cauliflower Poppers Recipe

Last Friday was my 17 year anniversary!  My husband signed us up for a dinner/cooking class to celebrate at Sur La Table!   Although my husband isn’t interested in taking a cooking class, he was pulled in by the fact that we would be eating steak and scallops for dinner.  I thought it was fabulous! I learned so much from the chef that night (including blasting cauliflower, which I’ll explain below), but my husband wasn’t impressed.  He figured for the price we paid, he’d be getting a king sized meal.  Instead the portions were very small (3 scallops, 3 slices of the steak, etc.) and he left asking if we could go out for a burger! Poor guy.  The food however, was amazing!

Pink Cauliflower Poppers. Blast cauliflower like a pro with this recipe!

OK- so ironically, my favorite part of the meal was the “Blasted Cauliflower”.  We took chopped cauliflower and cooked it at a super high temperature for 10 minutes.  475 degrees!  Yes, 475.   Then, after it was blasted, we stirred a vinaigrette onto the cauliflower we had made that included oil, salt, pepper, shallots, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and sugar.    It was divine! I literally have never enjoyed cauliflower as much as I had that night.  In fact, I went home and re-made it the very next day. I think the texture of the blasting was perfect for my taste.  It wasn’t mushy or too crunchy.  It was right in between.

But then, I decided to try it with the kids using instead a dressing I make a lot by Dr. Fuhrman.  We used a Blood orange, cashews, and vinegar for our dressing, and the pink color we got was so pretty.

Pink Cauliflower Poppers. Blast cauliflower like a pro with this recipe!

Blood oranges are only available in North America right now!  In fact, you should get one before they are gone. They are a delicious mix between an orange and a grapefruit.  We simply blended the orange sections with the cashews and vinegar (full recipe below), and got our dressing.

Pink Cauliflower Poppers. Blast cauliflower like a pro with this recipe!

Then, we worked on the cauliflower.  Lining a cookie sheet with chopped cauliflower, we drizzled a tiny bit of olive oil on the veggie and gave it a quick stir to coat all the pieces.  Then, like I said above, we cooked in a preheated oven at 475 for about 10 minutes. Watch closely!  You want to take them out when the tips start to brown.

Pink Cauliflower Poppers. Blast cauliflower like a pro with this recipe!

Then, we combined the two- the dressing was poured over the cooked cauliflower and given a stir until all the cauliflower was coated with our pink dressing.

Pink Cauliflower Poppers. Blast cauliflower like a pro with this recipe!

And that’s it! Simple and delicious.  It would be perfect for Valentine’s day dinner if you can still find the blood oranges!

Pink Cauliflower Poppers. Blast cauliflower like a pro with this recipe!

If you need more cauliflower ideas, we also love our Cauliflower Popcorn!

Pink Cauliflower Poppers. Blast cauliflower like a pro with this recipe!

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Pink Cauliflower Poppers Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 medium – cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon – olive oil
Dressing:
  • 2 medium – orange
  • 1/3 cup – cashews
  • 2 tablespoon – vinegar, white wine
Directions
  1. To Prepare Cauliflower: Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Chop cauliflower. Arrange cauliflower on a cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top and give a quick stir till all cauliflower is coated. Roast for 10 minutes, or until tops begin to brown and cauliflower is tender with a slight crunch.
  2. To prepare dressing:  Peel and quarter oranges (I used blood oranges). Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth and creamy. Add some Orange juice to thin if necessary (I did not do this).
  3. Blend the dressing with the roasted cauliflower and season with salt if desired.

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8 Comments

Michelle

Can you use almonds instead of cashews? I have one son that is allergic to cashews.

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Jan

as I was reading this, I started to wonder if beet juice would also be good. I would think you could substitute picked bet juice for the actual dressing or use regular beet juice if you can’t get the blood orange and then add a little regular orange juice to your original recipe. I was just thinking it may be easier to come by when your blood oranges are out of season.

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Shae

Can you make a suggestion of what to use instead of nuts? My daughter is incredibly allergic to all nuts but loves everything pink. I might actually be able to get her to eat vegetables if they are pink!!

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