Dolmas Salad with Roasted Cauliflower Rice

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This healthy, plant-based dolmas salad with roasted cauliflower rice makes a great side dish for hummus and falafel. It is loosely based on dolmas ingredients with grape leaves, raisins, pine nuts, parsley, mint, green onions, lemon juice and moist, roasted cauliflower rice flavored with ground coriander seeds.

A small plate of dolmas salad with a bowl of hummus and pita bread on the side.

This post was originally published on Nov. 29, 2015.

This recipe is adapted from Sunset magazine. I modified it and made it with roasted cauliflower rice instead of actual rice.

How to make roasted cauliflower rice:

1. Cut the florets off of 1 small head of cauliflower.

2. Working in batches, process the florets in your food processor until they have the consistency of actual rice.

Step by step photos showing a whole head of cauliflower and then individual cauliflower florets.

3. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower rice with:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

4. Spread the rice out on a baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Step by step photos showing raw cauliflower rice with olive oil, ground coriander seeds and salt spread out on a baking sheet.

How to make the dolmas salad:

Let the rice cool and gather the remaining ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped grape leaves (reserve the brine)
  • 1/4 cup of the grape leaf brine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1.5 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

RECIPE NOTE: You can find brined grape leaves in most regular grocery stores. They are in a glass jar and are usually shelved in the same area as canned artichoke hearts and pickles.

All ingredients required to make dolmas salad on a stone surface.

1. Heat up the olive oil in a skillet, then saute the pine nuts and the green onions for 5 minutes.

2. Add the chopped grape leaves and the cauliflower rice and cook for another 3 minutes.

3. Turn the heat off, then stir in the brine, the lemon juice, the raisins, the parsley and the mint.

4. Serve the salad (warm or cold) with hummus and falafel.

RECIPE TIP: For a good hummus recipe, I recommend: Classic Chickpea Hummus.

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A small plate of dolmas salad with a bowl of hummus and pita bread on the side.
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Dolmas Salad with Roasted Cauliflower Rice

This healthy, plant-based dolmas salad with roasted cauliflower rice makes a great side dish for hummus and falafel. It is loosely based on dolmas ingredients with grape leaves, raisins, pine nuts, parsley, mint, green onions, lemon juice and moist, roasted cauliflower rice flavored with ground coriander seeds.
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: cauliflower rice, dolmas salad, vegetarian/vegan dolmas salad
Servings: 3
Calories: 280kcal

Ingredients:

For the cauliflower rice:

  • florets from one small head of cauliflower, cut the larger ones so that all are about equal in size
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the salad:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped grape leaves,* reserve the brine
  • the cauliflower rice
  • 1/4 cup grape leaf brine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1.5 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

For the cauliflower rice:

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Working in batches, pulse the cauliflower in the food processor until it has the consistency of rice.
  • Toss the cauliflower with the oil and the coriander and spread onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast for 10 minutes.

For the salad:

  • Heat the oil on medium heat until shimmering.
  • Add the nuts and green onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the grape leaves and the cauliflower rice and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off and stir in the remaining ingredients. Serve warm or at room temperature with hummus and falafel.

Notes:

* You can find brined grape leaves in most regular grocery stores. They are in a glass jar and are usually shelved in the same area as canned artichoke hearts and pickles.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal

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A small plate of dolmas salad with a bowl of hummus and pita bread on the side.

13 comments

  1. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    This one caught my eye by the title then the photo, lovely and a great idea! Just another beautiful presentation and photo.
    Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one, we’ve up in Beavercreek outside Portland for a blissful week of no work or blogging, just chill and hikes – and eating!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Kevin! Chilling, hiking and eating – sounds like a perfect vacation. We just got back from New Mexico, doing pretty much the same. :) I do have to visit Oregon sometime, I keep hearing such great things about it but I’ve never been.

  2. Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother) says:

    This sounds refreshing! I’m so torn between wanting to try it the next time I open a bottle of grape leaves or sticking to my family’s recipe for rolled grape leaves (it’s one of my favorite foods ever!). Maybe this is something I’ll make with a few torn leaves. ;) Looks wonderful!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Mary! This was actually the very first time I ever bought grape leaves (took me forever to find them in the store), I can imagine there are all kinds of other fun recipes to use them in. I definitely want to experiment a bit more with them :)

  3. Maggie says:

    Love the idea of decorating the salad with a piece of grape leaf! Shooting a salad with less colors is definitely a challenge, and I really like the way you present it. The cauliflower rice sounds very delicious too!

  4. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    I really think it turned out great. I love that grape leaf under the salad.Now Nicole, I’ve yet to see one of your photos as boring — dark, moody, inspiring but boring? Never!! I am so looking forward to your dry ice verdict. Sure would help out my “steam” situation.

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