Marinated Lemon-Tarragon Cauliflower Salad


A unique and fresh new way to serve cauliflower. This will keep in the fridge for quick and easy lunches and weeknight dinners. Also, a tasty option for a potluck.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
6 servings



  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup olive oil


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets

  • 1 small Gala apple - peeled, cored, and diced

  • cup cubed white Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup diced cucumber

  • ¼ cup diced celery

  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion

  • 6 leaves chopped fresh tarragon, or to taste


  1. Whisk lemon zest and juice, Dijon mustard, chopped tarragon, honey, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour in olive oil slowly, whisking until marinade emulsified; set aside.

  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, and working in batches, blanch the cauliflower until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade to the bag, seal tightly, and massage the florets until all are covered with the marinade. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours. Overnight is even better.

  3. Remove cauliflower from the bag, place in a large bowl, and add apple, Cheddar cheese, cucumber, celery, and red onion, tossing gently to combine. Garnish with tarragon leaves and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
21g Fat
11g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 51mg 255%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 321mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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