Warm Cauliflower Salad with Edamame & Raisins

Lately, I find myself staring at creamy white, firm heads of cauliflower in the market and then pass them by for lack of inspiration. Well, not this week. Enough is enough. I boldly pounce on the most beautiful head of cauliflower in the stack and set it my cart.

Then, as often happens once a clear decision is made, the next step presents itself. A carton of shelled Edamame beans catch my eye. What a gorgeous green! Now I have two ingredients, and an Asian theme is emerging.

Ingredients for Warm Cauliflower, Edamame & Raisin Salad

But I am a bit nonplused when a bag of huge multicolored raisins makes its way into the cart. They sparkle like translucent jewels in the see-through packaging. MauiJim is crazy for raisins. 

Sauteing Cauliflower

So even though I can’t recall an Asian-inspired dish containing raisins, I give it a go with the cauliflower, edamame, and creamy, spicy sesame ginger dressing, and voi·là … warm cauliflower salad with edamame and rasins.

Adding Edamame, Rice, and Raisins to Cauliflower in the Pan

There are several ways to cook cauliflower. You can boil it, steam it, roast it, deep fry it, stir-fry it, or saute it. I really love the saute method, because you can not only control the crunch level of the cauliflower but also give it a little color.

Warm Cauliflower, Edamame & Raisin Salad

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About Susan S. Bradley

Intrepid cook, food writer, culinary instructor, author of Pacific Northwest Palate: Four Seasons of Great Cooking, and founder of the Northwest Culinary Academy.

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