Cauliflower and Olives (Greece)

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins

This unusual cauliflower recipe comes from the 1995 cookbook Greek Cooking. Green olives can be substituted for the black ones, if desired.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Trim leaves from cauliflower & remove the core, then cut into medium, even-sized pieces.
  2. In a large skillet heat oil & saute cauliflower 1-2 minutes, then remove cauliflower.
  3. To the skillet add onion & cook to soften.
  4. Add water & lemon juice to skillet, then bring to boil.
  5. Return cauliflower to skillet & cook until tender.
  6. Remove cauliflower to serving dish, then add tomato paste to liquid in the skillet, boiling to reduce.
  7. Pit olives, then chop them roughly & add to the skillet.
  8. Pour heated sauce over cauliflower & sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve.


Most Helpful

My water and lemon came to 3/4 of a cup, in which I added 1/4 cup paste to blend in. I did saute the onions and cauliflower together, never removing the cauliflower, added the water paste mixture and cooked till tender in a covered pot. 1 onion was perfect, I did half then slice into half moons. Using 2 teaspoons dried parsley. I did skip the salt no need with the olives. Did add garlic! Simmered with a lid on for 30 minutes till perfect crunch and tenderness. Thanks for the healthy yummy goodness.

Rita~ January 04, 2010

this was tastey but not sure if I liked the addition of the tomato paste, also if I were to make again I would use chicken broth in place of water, I used kalamata olives which worked fine and also added in 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic to the onion, thanks for posting Syd!

Kittencal@recipezazz August 01, 2008

This was really tasty. The water boiled off really quickly (maybe I had the temperature too high) so the cauliflower was dry before I added the tomato paste. I didn't use any oil though, due to personal preference. I just added the tomato straight to the cauliflower and it turned out fine. Thanks!

Kitzy July 15, 2008

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