Mediterranean cauliflower salad

Madly in love with this Mediterranean cauliflower salad, it could also be called a healthy Mediterranean salad, vegan cauliflower salad, or raw cauliflower salad. Any way you want to call it, I’m pretty sure you are going to love it.

Mediterranean cauliflower salad

But let me tell you why. The crunchiness of the cauliflower, the freshness of the cucumbers and tomatoes, the brightness of the lime juice and fresh herbs, and the saltiness of the black olives make this raw veggie salad out of this world.You have to try it; it is the best ever.😉

Cauliflower, onion, tomatoes and fresh herbs to make a salad

how to cut cauliflower for salad?

  • The easiest way is to place it stem down on a cutting board and then thinly slice it. If you have very large pieces cut them in smaller pieces.
  • Another way is to cut it into large chunks and then place it in the food processor (affiliate link) fitted with the blade attachment and hit pulse until the florets have the size of peas or smaller size. Do not add all the cauliflower pieces at once to the bowl of the food processor (affiliate link). You want to give the veggies some space to move freely.
  • You could also grate the cauliflower by hand using a box grater.
  • Another way to cut is to place it with the stem up on a cutting board. Then with a knife, carefully start separating the big florets from the stem. Then, do the same with each piece until you have the exact sizes that you are looking for.

Can you eat the leaves and stem of a cauliflower?

  • Yes you can.
  • I never throw away the stem. If you don’t want to eat it in the salad you can always save it and make a cauliflower soup or in curry.
  • You can roast the leaves, sauté them or chopp them and eat them raw.
  • It is very funny but Miko my dog loves them, so I guess the cauliflower leaves will serve as dog treat as well.

When processing the cauliflower int hte food processor it might get a bit sticky whrn you open it. 

Do not worry, this is normal and the funcky smell will go away.
Chopped cauliflower on a cutting board

tips, tricks & Other recipes

  • When you have your cauliflower in pieces and ready to go put in a big salad bowl (affiliate link), I love to use big salad bowls because I like to have that extra room to mix everything up.
  • Then you add the rest of the ingredients and mix carefully.
  • To make this raw salad, I used red onions, but you can use shallots, green onions, or any other aromatic you have on hand.
  • The best cucumbers for this salad are the English or Persian cucumbers. Both of them are almost seedless and have less liquid in the middle than the traditional ones.
  • In this salad, I use a combination of fresh and dried herbs. Both work perfectly in this recipe. Use what you have on hand, fresh mint, spearmint, oregano, parsley. Mix one or two and mix more fresh herbs. I know it will taste amazing either way.
  • Same with the tomatoes, you can use cherry tomatoes cut on half diced regular tomatoes.
  • Any olive will be great here, but I feel Kalamata olives or Black olives will be outstanding n the recipe.
  • Here are some recipes you can serve this salad
Raw-vegana cauliflower salad

Here is the recipe for this

Mediterranean cauliflower salad

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Mediterrenean Cauliflower Salad

This raw cauliflower salad with tomato, onion, fresh herbs, cucumber, and olives has crisp and bright flavors. This salad has flavors of Mediterranean cuisine and is perfect with hummus, falafel, pita bread.  
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people
Calories 63 kcal


  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 to matoes diced or sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup pitted black olives
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint or mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch of salt


  • Chop the cauliflower as small as you want and put it in a large salad bowl.
  • Mix it with lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Put the rest of the ingredients and mix carefully.
  • Try for seasoning and adjust salt, lemon, herbs, etc. if needed.
  • Serve immediately.


This salad does NOT last long in the fridge, at the most 2 days.


Calories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 150mgPotassium: 503mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 544IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword detox cauliflower salad, medierranean salad, raw cauliflower salad, vegan cauliflower salad


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