Appetizers Lidia Bastianich Sides Vegetarian

Tasty Cauliflower

This recipe by Lidia Bastianich is for cauliflower, but the dressing can be used with other boiled or steamed vegetables, such as potatoes, zucchini, and parsnips.


  • 1 large head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), broken into small florets
  • 10 large fresh basil leaves
  • 8 anchovies
  • 8 cornichons
  • 2 tablespoons drained tiny capers in brine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions for Tasty Cauliflower

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the cauliflower, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a mini–food processor, combine the basil, anchovies, cornichons, capers, parsley, vinegar, and mustard.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, pulsing to make a chunky dressing.
  • When cauliflower is tender, drain well and toss with the dressing.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Enjoy Lidia’s Tasty Cauliflower!

Hungry for more recipes? Check out Lidia’s Kitchen!