After making my Vegan Cauliflower Steaks with Curry Bechamel and Candied Eggplant, I had some leftover cauliflower that I had cooked before leaving town for the weekend. We ate beautiful food al fresca while we were away, prepared and served by our generous and gracious hostess and friend, Juliane Curvin.
Though inspired to make her flavorful lentil soup, eggplant stew, and chickpea and pomegranate seed salad, with Independence Day approaching, I had more traditional picnic fare on my mind.
Essentially, this salad is what you would get if you added cooked potato to tofu egg salad, only with cauliflower replacing the potato as a lower calorie alternative. So, it’s a kind of a potato salad-egg salad hybrid, which works beautifully, as the ingredients are similar and so compatiable: celery, (green) onion, pickle relish, vegan mayo, mustard, turmeric, garlic powder, and black salt with its uncannily-similar-to-boiled-egg flavor!
14 ounces extra firm tofu, pressed, wrapped in paper towels, and drained
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon black salt (lends a distinctive “boiled egg” flavor–it’s magic!)
4 stalks celery hearts, finely diced
4 green onions, thinkly sliced
2 cups cooked cauliflower florets (should be quite tender)
Dressing (recipe follows)
Optional garnish: green onion and a pinch of paprika/smoked paprika
In a medium-large bowl, mash tofu (I like to use my fingers) with spices and then fold in celery, green onions and cauliflower using a fork. Add dressing and toss to completely distribute. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Refrigerate until serving time to allow flavors to marry. Garnish if desired
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish (or dill pickle relish if you prefer)
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
3/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds
In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary.