Cauliflower and Ziti with Anchovies

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Cauliflower and Ziti with Anchovies

Strips of red bell pepper and sliced black olives lend vivid color to this cold cauliflower and ziti pasta salad.

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 can (2 ounces) flat anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ziti, boiled and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into narrow strips
  • 12 ripe black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


1. Separate the cauliflower into flowerets and drop them into a large pot of boiling, salted water. Cook, uncovered, at a gentle bubble for 5 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain in a colander set under cold running water. Shake gently to remove as much water as possible, then set aside.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, and oregano. Stir in the shallot, garlic, and capers. Coarsely chop 4 of the anchovies and blend in. Gradually whisk in the oil.
3. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl. Add the drained ziti, red bell pepper, olives, basil, and parsley. Mix together. Pour on the dressing and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving plate lined with lettuce and garnish with additional anchovies if you wish.


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