Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing

by Marla on May 5, 2014 · 57 comments

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Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing |

Happy Monday! I’m so excited for my great pal Georgia Pellegrini. Not only does she lead ladies on the finest of outdoor adventures….but she also has an amazing new cookbook/lifestyle manual called Modern Pioneering.

Thumb through the pages of this hearty book and you will find more than 150 recipes, projects & skills for a self sufficient life. These Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing peaked my interest immediately. My tastebuds we not disappointed.

Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini |

I’ve known G for quite a few years now. She is a wonderful gal with robust skills in & out of the kitchen. She can rock red lip gloss while perfectly aiming a shot gun to hunt dinner. Georgia is super smart, edgy & stylin’. She now has her own clothing line (which I must get my hands on!)

There’s Georgia…

Self-Sufficiency is the Ultimate Girl Power. (G says that & I agree)

Georgia Pellegrini | Modern Pioneering |

She is someone that I respect. She has great wisdom well beyond her years.

If you don’t know Georgia all ready then she is someone you need to become acquainted with. If you have any proclivity to take a lush trip to the great outdoors (with the finest food, drink & outdoor adventures then I urge you to book a trip with her.)

I’ve been on two Georgia Pellegrini Adventures Getaways. One was to the Texas Hill Country the other was in Montana. LOVED them both!

The Ranches at Belt Creek, Montana | #travel

OK. Back to Modern Pioneering.

This book/manual is filled with the most useful information. It’s a book for modern gals to become doer’s in this fast paced world we live in.

It will inspire you to put down the iPad, pick up a tool, knife (or something along those lines) and start creating. In this book G will inspire you to break out of your comfort zone & explore your inner pioneer.

Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing |

Inside the pages of Modern Pioneering you can learn about:

  • Efficient Gardening: on the balcony, rooftop, patio or planter box (you don’t need to live on a farm to grow stuff)
  • Gorgeous Recipes: including Lemony Fig Jam, Pea Pancakes, Coffee Ice Cubes, Apple Butter, Brown Sugar Bacon & these Cauliflower Steaks
  • How to: make a Watermelon Keg, Preserve Herbs, Grow Sprouts, Dry Foods, Preserve with Alcohol, Negotiate a Flea Market
  • Crafty Stuff: DIY Chalk Paint, Painted Mason Jars, turn Glass Bottles into Glassware, make a Gourd Bird House, How to make Paper

The layout & graphic design of this book make it an easy, fun & playful read. It has abundant, very lovely photography as well!

Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing |

I’m a really big fan of meaty, protein packed meals. In this case it was really easy to go without the meat.

This cauliflower is hearty, full of flavor & will give you tons of sustainable energy for skiing, hiking, mountain bike riding & active projects. The cauliflower steaks are softened in the oven then sautéed in butter. Then they are dressed with a mix of olive oil, toasted pine nuts, golden raisins and fresh parsley.

They look super pretty to!

Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing |

I promise you will not miss the meat in this healthy, meatless meal. I served ours with rainbow quinoa (my favorite!) this makes it a full, well rounded meal.

Another thing that perfectly rounds off this meal is a glass of fruity Rosé. Yep.

Rose LOVE!

Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing |

Enjoy & don’f forget to order your copy of this book today (you can also enter my giveaway for a signed copy of Modern Pioneering in the widget below.)

Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing


  • 2 large heads of Cauliflower (if you can get the colored varieties thats great!)
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 1/8 cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Parsley Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle.
  • With a large chefs knife, cut the cauliflower from top to bottom through the largest part of the head, into cross sections about 1 1/2 inches thick. Depending on the size of the cauliflower you should get 2 per head. Keep the cauliflower scraps for other recipes.
  • Place the 4 cauliflower steaks in one large baking dish, or two medium baking dishes. Pour water into the dish to reach a height of about 1/2 inch. Sprinkle the steaks with the salt & cover the dish tightly with foil. Place it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender when pierced with a knife.
  • Remove the dish from the oven & using a spatula carefully transfer the steaks to a plate. Let cool slightly as you make the dressing.
  • In a small bowl combine the pine nuts, raisins, parsley, olive oil & lemon juice. Season with salt & pepper & set aside to marinate.
  • To serve the cauliflower steaks, melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Brown the cauliflower in the butter, about 3 minutes per side, until browned like a steak. Remove to a serving dish & drizzle with the dressing.
  • Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Add pine nuts to a sauté pan over medium heat. Heat them for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Stir often. Watch carefully as they can burn quickly.
  • Modern Pioneering
  • This recipe can be found on page 70 of Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini.
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