Raw Cauliflower & Tahini Salad

This is a thick, creamy, nutritious dish that serves delightfully well as part of a salad buffet. Cauliflower, with it’s satisfying crunch is interesting served as the main ingredient in a raw food dish. It always goes down well when I serve it on retreats and we enjoy it in abundance when it’s in season. Like most vegetables, cauliflower is really good for you and an essential addition to a healthy diet. The thick tahini sauce complements it perfectly as a nutrient rich, protein dense, satiating and delicious addition to the plate.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes

1 small/medium cauliflower
Cashew or hazelnuts (small handful)
Cauliflower greens
Tahini sauce

Tahini sauce ingredients:
⅓ jar tahini (100g approx)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate (or maple syrup)
 1 tablespoon tamari/shoyu
25 – 50ml water

  1. Mix the tahini sauce by putting all its ingredients (with only about 25ml of water) in a bowl. You might have to be quite persistent with the tahini – it can be a bit stubborn! It will turn rewardingly creamy if you keep at it. Add a little extra water at a time if you need more liquid. You are looking for a thick cream consistency.
  2. Chop the cauliflower lovingly, to retain some of the florets.
  3. If the cauliflower comes with some nice delicate greens then toss them in along with the nuts (the outer ones are normally too tough for salad).
  4. Mix together thoroughly with the tahini sauce, until everything is coated. If the sauce thickens too much whilst mixing, then add a dash of water to loosen it again.

Variation: Feel free to add other things in with this e.g. a few freshly chopped tomatoes, some chopped lettuce or kale.

Other delicious cauliflower dishes on my site: 

Delicious Coconut, Cauliflower & Chickpea Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Sauce – 5 Vegan Ways

My book

This recipe first appeared in my full colour book ‘Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen‘. It’s a vegan, wheat-free book full of tasty dishes tried and tested over many years of catering for retreats and workshops. You’ll find healthy breakfasts, high pranic salads, dips, pates, dressings, nutritious main meals, soul-warming soups, tasty side dishes and delicious desserts. It’s an absolute labour of joy and love!


  1. Jenny Stewart January 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Just made this and LOOOOOOVE it!!! My cauliflower came with quite of bit of greenery =) and I added some scallions as well. This is so satisfying and delicious! Definitely will be a new regular around here!!
    Thank you Trinity!

    • Trinity January 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Awesome! It’s a pleasure. It’s one of our favourites too and proves that salad can be both filling and delicious.

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  4. wanda skywater October 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you… I just bought your book!

    • Trinity October 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Wonderful. Thanks for tuning in Wanda. Enjoy the book!

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  7. Lucie December 16, 2014 at 7:12 am - Reply

    This is awesome! I’ve never even considered using cauliflower greens as well! I’ll have to give them a try 🙂 Regarding the tahini – so you are using the very thick kind? I get a runnier version over here so I guess I can cut down on the water and see what happens? Have a great day, Lucie

    • Trinity December 16, 2014 at 7:26 am - Reply

      Ah yes, cauli greens are an excellent addition to a salad – why waste perfectly good food ay 🙂
      Regarding tahini – this is a great question. Tahini varies so much from brand to brand and country to country. If it’s thinner, you’ll certainly need a little less water.
      Have fun and enjoy. Thanks for tuning in.

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