Cauliflower Salad and Other SpringTime Favorites

Cauliflower Salad with Fresh Peas

Cauliflower salad was the first recipe I posted  on my blog back in August of 2008. I was so excited about blogging that I posted some of my favorite recipes right off the bat along with some pretty awful photographs that I took with my old point and shoot. I was so thrilled that I figured out how to assemble a photo and a recipe that it didn’t matter that the only comment I received was from my sweet daughter who was helping me figure out the whole comment thing.  When I moved from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress last year my first half dozen posts somehow disappeared so it is a good excuse to remake and rephotograph a few of my old favorites.  I love this salad for its flavor and crunch factor and the fresh peas and scallions of early spring make it oh so good.

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Cauliflower Salad
  • SALAD:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into flowerettes
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 spring scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 can water chestnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup cashews, slightly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 6 pieces crisp bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well.
  2. Combine salad ingredients. Mix in salad dressing. Chill at least 2 hours.

I’m taking a short break for my annual trip to Central Oregon and am leaving you with a few of my favorite Springtime recipes. The farmers’ market opens Mother’s Day weekend and many of the ingredients will be available fresh from the farm.  I miss my many vendor friends and customers and it will be wonderful to see them all again.  This season is the 25th Anniversary of the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. If you live close by or are planning a visit to Portland this summer you can find a list of vendors and schedule of events here.  If you do come to the market but sure to stop by The Bavarian Nut Company’s booth and say hello.

Strawberry Orange Avocado Salad

Strawberry Orange Avocado Salad


Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Salad

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Salad


Spring Pea, Radish and Green Onion Salad

Spring Pea, Radish and Green Onion Salad


Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce

Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce


Rhubarb Almond Tart

Rhubarb Almond Tart


Rhubarb Pudding Cakes

Rhubarb Pudding Cakes




  1. judy says

    Have fun, I love central Oregon also. Can’t wait for the Beaverton Farmer’s to open. Hillsdale was good today!

  2. says

    I love cauliflower and think this recipe sounds wonderful. Pinned! I did the same thing when I started blogging, posted a couple of my favorite recipes, bad photos with a readership of maybe 2 people. I should repost a couple of things with better photos. I adore that plate that the pea salad is sitting on.
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  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says

    Everything sounds great, love the rhubarb tart! Have a great trip Cathy, I’m sure you’re excited that the farmer’s market is opening soon:@)

  4. says

    That cauliflower salad sounds amazing (and looks beautiful)! I love cauliflower and can’t wait to see them at our farmers’ market. Looking forward to seeing photos of the Beaverton market, as always!
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  5. says

    Ahhh, Spring. I love all of your wonderful Spring recipes. I am always looking for good cauliflower recipes and this is a good one. I’ve had your smoked salmon and asparagus salad at Pondside and it is outstanding.
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  6. says

    I love these recipes! Just in time for the season that brings us lots of fresh rhubarb and peas. Mine are growing beautifully . . . and so fast that it seems you can almost watch them grow. Two plants that putting a video camera on would make a fun project. Speed it up at viewing time, what fun! My mouth waters just looking at your delightful food photos. Thanks for sharing, Connie :)
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  7. says

    I LOVE cauli! Have to try this one day (soon!).
    Pozdrawiam, Anula.

    P.S. Your blog is ‘short listed’ as one of my favourite ones, on my main page :)

  8. Kris says

    Good morning Cathy. I am searching everywhere for cinnamon chips! No luck yet. Today I will check Sprouts. I am on a mission!! Oh how I wish I had seen that lovely cauliflower salad before Easter. How gorgeous is that!! I have everything to make it but the fresh peas. I am growing some in my garden though.
    I am bookmarking it, and I think it will be on our menu for this week!!!
    XO Kris

  9. says

    Every dish is so mouthwatering! I just love the fresh flavors of spring. Wish I had some rhubarb in the garden! Your cauliflower salad sounds fabulous and what a spectacular plate you have it on. It is really a showstopper!
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  10. says

    We just started buying cauliflower and so far have made wintry gratin but salad will soon be on the list as spring arrives. I’ll be taking a few clues from your fabulous salad – I love the addition of cashews and bacon! And the dressing is wonderful. But as I scrolled down I noticed two incredible rhubarb desserts…. mmmmm. Enjoy your trip!
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