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Thee Underdog Salad!

October 27, 2018

The Underdog Salad! Yes, the title deserves an explanation point. And why underdog? For one, few people appreciate this veggie. As for me, well, before I went vegan, thou I loved and enjoyed many fruits, I was never a big fan of any vegetables.  As a result, there are many vegetables I avoided altogether. And cauliflower was definitely one of those vegetables.  I mean, look at it, it looks like a big weird brain or something. I guess it had been ok to have it with dip in the occasional veg/dip mix. However other than that, it’s been a “no thank you.” For me. Well those days are over!


Cauliflower, when roasted or seared in a cast iron pan, is phonemically tasty! I mean it blew me away!


The following is an easy and high in nutrient little lunch recipe I use often now. After taking all the pictures, I realized that lentils would boost the protein level up a great deal. Even though it is not pictured, I highly recommend the addition!


The Underdog Salad!  

Makes 1-2 servings


Half a head Cauliflower

One tomato diced

One small onion diced

One cup cooked corn kernels

Half cup chopped basil

One cup lentils (optional, but not really)

Salad dressing (I use my oil and vinegar)


  • Wash and cut up your cauliflower. I make it into a bit bigger than bite size.

  • Add a touch of oil to your cast iron pan, wait until hot, I put my burner on med-hi.

  • Place the cauliflower on hot pan.Sear at least two sides until sides are brown to dark brown. You want them to get a nice color to get that tasty flavor. If using the oven, place on broil until desired color, and turn, being careful not to overcook.

Whether in the pan or in the oven, you want to make sure it is not left too long, you want to keep that great crunch!

  • Remove from pan and add to bowl, allow to cool a few minutes.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients to bowl, including dressing and mix and serve into bowls. Voila! Its done!

If I’m feeling extra hungry, I might serve it up with a quick sandwich like this one pictured here.


This was a quick cheese, arugula and mushroom sammie. I toasted some bread and added some cheese (Violife cheddar) during its last minute of toasting. Grabbed a few mushrooms, sliced, and sautéed in a pan with garlic.  Then I added the mushrooms to the hot bread and cheese. I then put a handful of fresh arugula to the sandwich along with salt and pepper, and bam!


That will be like $30 if I was to eat this out. Oh wait! All my food is organic or at least GMO-free, so it would be more like $50! Ha! Ha! Barely even cost me $5! Mauhahaha!


So, cauliflower is yummy! Take my word for it. In the words of Sledge (Barely anyone gets this reference, but I love it anyway) …” trust me, I know what I am doing.”


Thanks for reading guys, I hope you try this and let me know what you think! Yay! Enjoy!




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