Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing

by Marla on May 5, 2014 · 59 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.
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{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin @ Closet Cooking May 5, 2014 at 8:20 am

What a great way to enjoy some cauliflower!


2 Kari M May 5, 2014 at 8:23 am

I’m great about growing my own herbs but I’d love tips on how to grow more in a small space.


3 Teri K May 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

I enjoy gardening, although I don’t have a green thumb. I’m trying to grow more veggies so I don’t have to buy them at my farmers market.


4 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

These are gorgeous, Marla! I love cauli and I love the thick-cut aspect of this! Soooo good I bet! Pinned

I channel my inner pioneer by not driving anywhere and walking at least 2 days a week


5 Marla May 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

Love that Averie, you stay in such great shape!!


6 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

I am a huge fan of cauliflower! These steaks look fantastic!


7 Wendy May 5, 2014 at 9:20 am

I love to garden!!


8 Heather Christo May 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

I love to garden when i have time. I am also majorly into DIY projects. Love the cauliflower steaks!


9 Julianne May 5, 2014 at 9:28 am

By growing and cooking with my own herbs!!


10 Trish Trubl May 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

I am going to channel my inner pioneer by growing my own vegetables and herbs.


11 Gloria // Simply Gloria May 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

Marla, what a gorgeous recipe. We grew up in a much smaller town than I do now… which is still considered a small town. But, I ride my pink bike all over with my boys. I hardly drive my truck unless I need to go down the canyon. But, that’s how it always was growing up, if we wanted to get somewhere, we walked. I’m basically known around town as the blonde on the pink bike. Have a blessed day. :)


12 Marla May 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Thanks Gloria! I love your story about pedaling your pink bike with your boys (and blond hair!) Sooooo sweet! I do the same when I can in Telluride :)


13 Rosa May 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

Succulent! I’m bookmarking this recipe.




14 Marla May 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Now Rosa…I love that word! Succulent :)


15 Morgan May 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

So adding this to my repertoire! Just started making cauliflower “rice” and cauliflower “alfredo sauce.” These look delicious!


16 Meg@ Beard and Bonnet May 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

I just saw her book yesterday in Barnes and Noble and fell in love! SO beautiful and these cauliflower steaks are right up my alley.

I channel my inner pioneer by recreating/reinventing all of the foods we used to love before we found out we had to go gluten free. It may sound silly, but using all of these new ingredients and new techniques is pretty much like navigating uncharted territory. I mean come on, my Mom’s a pastry chef. Having to go gluten free was a mind warp on a lot of levels. Ha!


17 Marla May 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Very cool Meg! It really is a book to fall in love with. I totally know what you mean about that GF uncharted territory ~ sounds like you are making the best of it & having FUN anyways 😉


18 Sarah H.P. May 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

My hubby and I compost and get most of our meat from my grandmother who owns her own farm and does all of her own butchery!


19 Jenny Flake May 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

Beautiful dish! Love the looks of this new cookbook!


20 Julie @ Table for Two May 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

You make these cauliflower steaks look SO GOOD!!


21 Judith M. May 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

I just started canning what I grow. It always seemed a bit scary to me but I took the plunge and I am so glad I did.


22 theresa krier May 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

hi, we grow a huge garden every year & put it up for winter eating, thanks for the giveaway & love your recipes!


23 Gina M May 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I feel like a modern pioneer every time I work in my veggie garden.

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24 Marla May 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

That is super cool Gina!!


25 Teresa May 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I enjoy growing my own vegetables, seasonally . Anxious to try this recipe, do so love the simple cauliflower.


26 Jessica Z May 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I channel my inner pioneer by going to the shooting range and hiking


27 Marla May 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I LOVE the shooting range & hiking too :)


28 Dee Parker May 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I try to make everything I eat from scratch, just like in the pioneer days.


29 PW May 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Love this presentation for Cauliflower!! Lived on a remote Ranch for many years and felt very blessed to raise my daughter well beyond the sidewalks. We still Upland Game Bird Hunt here in Eastern OR and put on a Seafood Buffet on the first night of Pheasant Camp!


30 Cori May 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Gardening and hiking!


31 Marty Musser May 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I would say just with knowing how to cook a good steak. Meats in general used to intimidate the heck out of me, so I feel good about having it down now!


32 Andres May 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Those cauliflower steaks couldn’t look anymore delicious! Those are on my recipe to-do list!! YUM!


33 Kate D. May 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I try to channel my inner modern pioneer by growing herbs/veggies and trying to reuse/recycle items around my house.


34 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 5, 2014 at 11:18 pm

So fresh and healthy looking, I bet it tastes amazing!


35 alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 6, 2014 at 4:52 am

SO clever!!


36 Elisabeth S May 6, 2014 at 6:15 am

I rock my cowboy boots 24/7


37 Marla May 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

Ha! Love it!


38 Sommer @ASpicyPerspective May 6, 2014 at 6:39 am

Oh I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! These cauliflower steaks sound amazing!


39 Anne P. May 6, 2014 at 6:44 am

I cook my own meals, rarely eat out and prefer to be a pioneer this way!


40 Ani May 6, 2014 at 7:03 am

I cook simple vegetarian food!


41 Jan May 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

I built a small raised garden this year, and I’m psyched for increasing my home-grown veggies from my previous container gardening.


42 Layla @ Brunch Time Baker May 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

I love these cauliflower steaks, What a great idea!


43 joanne May 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

We love cauliflower in my house! We have been really enjoying the Romancesco(?) variety as well as purple cauliflower and cheddar too. All the varieties really have a unique flavor! This looks like a great, easy recipe and a wonderful book!


44 Amy May 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

I can’t wait to try this recipe! Love me some cauliflower! YUM!


45 Beth D. May 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

I like to make my own strawberry jelly during the summer, and use fresh vegetables to roast from the garden!

This looks like a great recipe- can’t wait to try it!


46 Meredith May 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

So delicious! I need to get my hands on Georgia’s new book!


47 eat good 4 life May 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

This looks fantastic. I could have this everyday. How creative with the use of pine nuts and raisins!


48 jen May 7, 2014 at 7:10 am

Awesome, awesome! You always find the collest stuff to share. Thank you and keep it coming!


49 Marla May 7, 2014 at 10:10 am

Awwww, thank you Jen!! I try my hardest to bring you guys super cool ideas :)


50 kelley {mountain mama cooks} May 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

Gorgeous! I have a head of cauliflower in the fridge and it’s about to become this!!


51 Marla May 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Fabulous! Gotta love when you fall into the right recipe at the right time 😉


52 Jessica w May 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

I cook almost all of our food. I would love to get chickens though!


53 Marla May 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Chickens would be great! It would be such a great treat to be able to collect the eggs each day :)


54 Nikki May 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I make all my breads from scratch and whatever else I can


55 Annette May 10, 2014 at 9:12 am

I use a black iron skillet.


56 Brandy May 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I have a beautiful garden full of veggies that we eat from whenever possible. In addition, we make everything from scratch.. from tortillas to sour cream. No processed foods for us!


57 Lail | With A Spin May 11, 2014 at 4:40 am

Tender and luscious steaks. A great new recipe for the weeknights. I try to channel my inner pioneer through yoga.

Have a fabulous mother’s day!


58 Lisa@Bakebellissima October 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I just made this recipe for dinner tonight for my family and we loved it! The pine nut and raisin combination is so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


59 Marla October 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

Awesome! So glad it was a successful meal :) It is really amazing how those unusual flavors come together perfectly.


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