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Herby Shaved Raw Cauliflower Salad with White Beans

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: salads
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This raw cauliflower salad recipe is a fantastic healthy side dish to make when you’re tired of green salads (or don’t want to turn on the oven). Raw cauliflower is shaved or sliced in a food processor and tossed with tons of fresh herbs, white beans, green olives, parmesan cheese, and a homemade white balsamic vinaigrette. No cooking required and ready to eat in about 20 minutes!



Raw Cauliflower Salad

  • 1 medium-large head of cauliflower, cut into florets and washed
  • 1 15-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup pitted Castelvetrano olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 2 scallions, white and light green parts sliced
  • 1/2 cup basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1/2 tbsp shallot or garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. In a food processor fitted with a slicing blade, add the cauliflower to shave it into thin slices. Alternatively, use a vegetable mandoline or a sharp knife to manually shave the cauliflower as thin slices.
    Food processor with shaved raw cauliflower in it
  2. Make the white balsamic vinaigrette: add all of the vinaigrette ingredients to a 12 oz jar. Close the jar and shake vigorously to mix and emulsify the dressing.
    white balsamic vinaigrette in a glass jar on a light backdrop
  3. Add the shaved cauliflower to a large mixing bowl along with the white beans, sliced olives, parmesan cheese, scallions, basil, and parsley.

    raw cauliflower salad in a light blue bowl before being mixed together

  4. Pour about half of the vinaigrette onto the salad. Mix together using salad spoons until well combined.
    Raw cauliflower salad mixed up in a light blue mixing bowl
  5. Taste, and add more dressing and/or a pinch of salt to taste. Enjoy cold or at room temperature with a few cracks of black pepper.


Can I prepare this salad in advance?

This salad tastes freshest when enjoyed shortly after making it. If you do have leftovers, be sure to eat them within 1-2 days.

Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.

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