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Looking for a light and refreshing side dish to pair with my Asian Style, Sweet Chilli Salmon, I was immediately drawn to something citrussy and decided to create a Lemon Cauliflower Rice to cut through the sweetness of the salmon. I love the flavour of Lemon & Coriander (Cilantro) so I decided to add that too and the perfect accompanying side dish was created!
To make the Cauliflower Rice it’s very simple. All you have to do is chop the florets off of the stalk and add them to a food processor. Then pulse the food processor until the cauliflower has been chopped into rice-sized pieces. I wouldn’t be without my Kenwood Food Processor. I love it as it has everything I need. A mixing bowl for cakes etc, a food processor and a blender (3 gadgets in one) so it doesn’t take up too much storage space – always a great idea in the kitchen. However if you don’t have a food processor you can always grate the cauliflower to make your rice. It requires a lot more work but the results will be similar. You can use Cauliflower Rice made in this way for many recipes such as my Cauliflower Tabbouleh, my Smoked Salmon & Summer Vegetable Risotto and my Kimchi Fried Rice!
So once you have your cauliflower rice you are ready to prepare the dish. Start by heating the oil in a frying pan and frying the garlic until it’s softened.
Add the cauliflower rice and fry for about 5 minutes to soften it as well. Meanwhile you can zest (grate the rind) and juice the lemon. After 5 mins of cooking time, add this to the cauliflower.
Remove the leaves from the coriander (cilantro) stalks. Chop the leaves quite finely and stir through the Lemon Cauliflower Rice at the last minute.
Season with plenty of salt and pepper and it’s ready to serve.
I served it with my Sweet Chilli Salmon and it went amazingly well. The delicate citrus flavour really balanced with the sweet, spiciness of the salmon and Dan (who’d asked for noodles with his salmon) even agreed that the Lemon Cauliflower Rice was better! I can see this working as a summer side dish at BBQs too along with Salmon Skewers or even with your favourite Curry!
Allergy & Dietary Information for Lemon Cauliflower Rice with Coriander (Cilantro)
This recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free & Dairy-Free. It’s also suitable for SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), Vegetarian, Vegan, Whole30, Low Carb, Primal & Paleo Diets.
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