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Insalata di Rinforzo

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Insalata di Rinforzo

Insalata di Rinforzo
© Denzil Green

This healthy pickled vegetable salad is more like an antipasto.

It's traditional in Italy on Christmas Eve, but it's also made throughout the year and it makes a great summer salad. Traditionally, it's also heavy in excess olive oil; we've lightened it by swapping some of the excess oil for our skinny salad dressing base without impacting the taste or texture one bit.

This should be made ahead; in fact, a day ahead is ideal, if possible.

Number of servings: 8 x 1 cup servings.

Estimated Prep Time: 45 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time: 5 minutes


1/2 cup Gherkins (chopped) (3 oz 75 g)
1/3 cup Pickled Peppers (chopped) (2 oz / 50 g)


Prepare some Salad Dressing Base, if you don't already have some to hand in the fridge.

Prep the cauliflower by trimming the leaves away, cutting it into small florets, and washing them.

Bring a large, generous pot of water to the boil. Blanche the cauliflower by adding it (carefully) to the boiling water, and start timing 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, scoop out the cauliflower and put it in cold water to cool quickly. Let it sit there while you do the rest.

Prep and assemble all the other ingredients in a very large bowl down to the ground black pepper.

Drain the cauliflower very well (tip -- you could use a salad spinner), add to the bowl, toss it all gently to mix. Season with salt to taste.

Put in fridge in a covered container for an least an hour before serving.

Recipe notes

Our head of cauliflower was 50 oz / 1.4 kg before prepping; 40 oz / 1.1 kg. after prepping and chopping. A bit smaller one would work just as fine. But make sure that in the blanching, it still comes out quite crisp. If it goes soft on you, reserve that batch for another different use and start again with a new head of cauliflower.

Allow yourself some time to prep the olives.

Nutrition Notes

3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® per 1 cup serving.

There are a total of 28 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® in the recipe. If you want to skip the salad dressing base and use all olive oil, then increase the olive oil to 8 tablespoons. The points in the recipe goes up to 42 in total / 5 per serving.

We used a salt substitute.

Weight Watchers® Info
Per 1 cup

* PointsPlus™ calculated by CooksInfo.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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