Spiced Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

Author: Sarah Cobacho

Published: June 7, 2024

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I’m thrilled to share this Spiced Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad with you! This dish has quickly become a staple in our kitchen because it’s incredibly easy to make, bursting with flavor, and super nourishing. The combination of spiced cauliflower, crunchy chickpeas, fresh mint, and creamy avocado creates a beautiful harmony of textures and tastes. Each serving is packed with 25 grams of fiber, 9 mg of iron, and an array of vitamins. The zesty orange dressing ties everything together, offering a delightful, tangy finish. Perfect for a quick lunch or a hearty dinner, this delicious salad is sure to become a favorite in your meal rotation!

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Why I Love This Recipe

  • High in Fiber: With 25 g of fiber per serving, this salad is excellent for digestive health.
  • Iron-Rich: Provides 9 mg of iron, essential for maintaining energy levels.
  • Nutrient-Dense: Packed with vitamins A and C, supporting immune health.
  • Delicious Flavor: The combination of spices like lemon myrtle and sweet paprika adds a unique, delightful taste.
  • Versatile: Great as a main meal or a side dish, perfect for any time of the day.
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Ingredient Notes

  • Chickpeas: A source of plant-based protein and fiber. If you don’t have cooked chickpeas, canned chickpeas work just as well. Make sure to rinse well and drain them.
  • Cauliflower: This versatile vegetable is high in vitamins. You can substitute with broccoli if preferred.
  • Carrots: Rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. They add a lovely sweetness to the salad.
  • Lemon Myrtle: A native Australian herb that adds a unique citrusy flavor. If unavailable, sumac, or a little lemon zest is a good substitute.
  • Pomegranate Seeds: These add a burst of sweetness and are rich in antioxidants.

How to make this recipe (summary)

Start by preheating the oven to 400°F. Wash all your fruits and vegetables, making sure to wash the outside of the orange, too, as we will use the zest. Combine the chickpeas, cauliflower, carrots, lemon myrtle, paprika, ground ginger, ground cardamom, and olive oil on a large baking tray. Mix well and bake for 25 minutes. Prepare the dressing by whisking together the orange juice, orange zest, maple syrup, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and wholegrain mustard. Mix the roasted vegetables and chickpeas with mesclun, avocado, mint, shallot, pomegranate seeds, almonds, and the dressing in a large salad bowl. Adjust salt to taste and enjoy! View recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Freshly made spiced roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad in a wooden bowl with avocado, almonds, pomegranate seeds, and mint.

Variations and Tips

  • Add some protein: For an extra protein boost, add some grilled tofu or tempeh.
  • Switch up the greens: If you don’t have mesclun, use baby spinach or arugula.
  • Nuts and seeds: Feel free to substitute almonds with walnuts or sunflower seeds.
  • Roasting tip: Ensure even roasting by spreading the vegetables out in a single layer on the baking tray.
  • Storage: This salad keeps well in the fridge for up to two days. Add the avocado and dressing just before serving to keep it fresh.

Why You’ll Love This Spiced Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad TLDR

  • Fiber-rich
  • Iron-rich
  • Flavorful
  • Nourishing
  • Easy to make
Close-up of spiced roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad in a wooden bowl with fresh ingredients.

Spiced Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

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A delicious and nutritious salad with roasted cauliflower and chickpeas, perfect for a healthy meal.
Sarah Cobacho (plantbaes.com)
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • cups chickpeas (cooked)
  • ½ head cauliflower (diced in florets)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped in bite size)
  • 1 tsp lemon myrtle (can be subbed with sumac)
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups mesclun
  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • ½ cup mint (finely chopped)
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 10 roasted almonds (chopped)

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  • In a large baking tray, combine the chickpeas, cauliflower, carrots, lemon myrtle (or sumac), paprika, ground ginger, ground cardamom, and olive oil. Mix well, and bake for 25 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare your dressing by whisking together the orange juice, orange zest, maple syrup, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and wholegrain mustard.
  • In a large salad bowl, add the roasted vegetables and chickpeas, mesclun, avocado, mint, shallot, pomegranate seeds, almonds, and the dressing. Adjust salt to taste and enjoy!

Per Serving

Calories 557kcalCarbohydrates 46gProtein 20gFat 25gSodium 149mgFiber 25gVitamin A 966IUVitamin C 101mgCalcium 260mgIron 9mg
COURSE Salad
CUISINE Australian-Inspired
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FAQ

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, it’s naturally gluten-free.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, but add the avocado and dressing just before serving to keep it fresh.

What can I use instead of lemon myrtle?

You can use sumac, or a little lemon zest as a substitute for lemon myrtle.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

Can I add other vegetables?

Absolutely, feel free to add any vegetables you like, such as bell peppers or zucchini.

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