When the summer heat hits, vegetables served cold are a good way to go. Cultured or fermented vegetables are very popular now but don’t forget about marinating the more fibrous veggies too–cauliflower and broccoli are perfect for marinating. By partially cooking them before marinating them they are easier to digest but will still be crisp.
Other ingredient options are olives, grated carrots, chopped sweet red pepper, minced parsley, scallions, etc. I hope you have fresh herbs from your backyard or patio–fresh is best!
This mix of vegetables can be served over mixed salad greens or in place of steamed vegetables on your “perfect plate”.
Dressing for marinade:
1/4 cup of avocado oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
1 Tbsp. minced, fresh oregano leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped, fresh chives or 1 Tbsp. dried chives
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 head of cauliflower, broken and cut into small florets
1/4 cup pitted, chopped olives of your choice, optional
1 cup shredded carrots, optional
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper, optional
1/2 cup minced parsley, optional
1/2 cup chopped scallions, optional
Mix the dressing by placing all dressing ingredients except the chives in a blender container and blend well. Stir in the chives. Set aside and steam the cauliflower
Place the cauliflower florets in a vegetable steamer with the lid on and steam over boiling water for about 5 minutes–watch closely, stirring a few times, and pierce with a fork each time you stir. As soon as you can pierce a floret, remove steamer from heat and rinse the cauliflower with cold water briefly. Do not overcook! Place them in a bowl. Add dressing and other vegetables. Stir well until vegetables are coated with the dressing. Refrigerate until well-chilled for at least 2 hours. Serve cold.