Living Cauliflower Couscous | Karen Rose Tank


1 head of cauliflower (chopped in a food processor or grated to resemble grains) 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)

1 bunch curly parsley leaves (chopped)

1 bunch spearmint leaves (chopped)

2 pints sungold or cherry tomatoes (halved)

8 ounces pitted Mediterranean olives (chopped)

2 lemons (juiced)

3 tablespoons olive oil

fresh ground pepper

salt (to taste)


Combine cauliflower, herbs, tomatoes and olives in a large bowl. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil and pepper. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Carefully salt to taste, as the olives may be very salty already.
What makes it special?

.This is one of my favorite recipes to bring to a gathering for a number of reasons. It is delicious, easy to make ahead and stores well for a few days. Plus it was invented by my long time friend, colleague and mentor, Dorothy Mullen, Founder of The Suppers Programs, who sadly passed away in March 2020 of lung cancer. The main ingredient is cauliflower, processed so that it is the texture of couscous and soaks up the flavors of the other ingredients. Living with type 1 diabetes, I prefer to eat foods that are low in carbohydrates. Since Living Cauliflower Couscous is a healthy low carb dish, I know that if I bring it to a gathering, I will always have something satisfying and safe to eat just in case everyone else brings sweet desserts and starchy side dishes. You never know!

What’s Your Connection to Princeton?

I’ve lived in Princeton for nearly 20 years and am a current Member of the Board of Trustees for The Suppers Programs (, a local Princeton non-profit that provides supportive, non-judgmental learning environments (all virtual right now) to explore ways of cooking and eating that improve and sustain your health. Diabetes and blood sugar management have been my particular focus at Suppers resulting from my own 24 years of learning to thrive with insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes. Upcoming events, resources, articles, and a searchable index of delicious healthy recipes are at I also lead a monthly local Princeton meetup (now virtual) for the national non-profit DiabetesSisters ( As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with Rose Health Coaching (, I coach people with diabetes to reach their health and wellness goals one small step at a time.

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