Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing


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This roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad takes a bit of time to put together, but the results are absolutely delicious and it’s so worth the time and effort to make this salad.

While it’s quite active to make, there are lots of things you can do simultaneously that it’s really not quite as demanding or complicated as it may seem.

For those looking for a great meal salad filled with lots of delicious things and fresh, Middle Eastern flavours, then this is an excellent choice.

It combines lots of different textures, flavours and spices for an excellent meal to eat any time of the year.

Chickpea & Cauliflower Salad
Chickpea & Cauliflower Salad

How to Make Roasted Chickpea & Cauliflower Salad

The first step to the salad is to roast your cauliflower and chickpeas. These two things cook at different rates, but you can put them in the oven together to save some time.

Start by preheating your oven, ensuring that you’ve arranged two racks inside of it. Also, go ahead and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Ingredients for this salad
Ingredients for this salad

In a large bowl, add your cauliflower florets. Cauliflowers are large and I only call for using half of a large head in this recipe – you can use the rest in something like my cauliflower soup or some cauliflower rice!

To the cauliflower, add some cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, allspice and cinnamon along with some salt and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Prepping the cauliflower
Prepping the cauliflower

Spread the cauliflower over a baking sheet and move to the oven.

Repeat this step with the chickpeas, putting them on the rack below the cauliflower and cooking for a few minutes longer.

Roasted chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas

Once the cauliflower and chickpeas are done, remove them from the oven and allow them both to come to room temperature.

Meanwhile, you can assemble the rest of the salad. So, to a large salad bowl add a bit of rocket (also called arugula) and a good amount of fresh herbs.

roasted cauliflower
Roasted cauliflower

I like to use a combination of parsley, mint and coriander, however, you can use any combination of these herbs – or others, if you’d like!

To the bowl, also add in some chopped olives for saltiness, some hazelnuts for a nutty crunch, a bit of crumbled feta (leave this out if you want the salad to be vegan!), some dried apricots for a bit of sweetness and a thinly sliced red onion.

Beginning to assemble the salad
Beginning to assemble the salad

Once your chickpeas and cauliflower are cooled enough, add them to the salad bowl and toss everything to combine.

Then, make the dressing. This is super simple and can even be done a few days in advance – just make sure to thin it out with some water before pouring it over your salad.

Mixing the dressing
Mixing the dressing

In a small bowl, combine some tahini, lemon juice, a clove of garlic, honey and some ground cumin, smoked paprika and chili flakes.

Add some water and then mix until everything is well combined and smooth.

Tossing the salad together
Tossing the salad together

Pour the dressing over the salad and then toss until everything is coated in the dressing. Then, serve the salad immediately and enjoy!

Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This bright yet hearty salad is perfect for a fresh and flavourful meal. To get ahead, you can even make the dressing and roast the cauliflower and chickpeas in advance.

Ingredients

Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

  • 1/2 large cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice. divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels
  • 60g (2oz) rocket/arugula
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander/cilantro, chopped
  • 75g (1/4 cup) pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped
  • 60g (1/2 cup) dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 35g (1/4 cup) blanched hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 25g (2 tablespoons) feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin

Tahini Dressing

  • 60g (1/4 cup) tahini
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. Arrange two racks in the middle and lower middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the cauliflower to a large bowl along with 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of coriander, 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika,, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon of allspice, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (or kosher salt) and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Toss to combine and spread out over a prepared baking sheet and place on the upper rack of the oven. Cook until tender and slightly charred, about 15 minutes.
  3. In the same (now empty) bowl, add the chickpeas along with the remaining cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, allspice and cinnamon. Add a generous pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss to combine. Spread over the other prepared baking sheet and place on the rack below the cauliflower. Cook until brown and slightly crispy, about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove both the cauliflower and chickpeas from the oven when done and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Meanwhile, assemble the salad. In a large salad bowl, combine the rocket, parsley, mint, coriander, olives, apricots, hazelnuts, feta and onion. Toss to combine. Once cooled, add the cauliflower and chickpeas and toss to combine.
  6. Make the dressing. In a small bowl, add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, chili flakes and honey along with a generous pinch of salt and a grind of pepper. Pour in 60ml (1/4 cup) of cool water and mix until smooth and pourable.
  7. Drizzle the tahini dressing over the salad and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 365mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 15gSugar: 22gProtein: 15g

Nutritional information is automatically generated and provided as guidance only. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

This roasted chickpea and cauliflower salad is super delicious and relatively easy to make. The time it takes to throw it together is definitely worth it when you tuck in!

Are you looking for a great meal salad for your next dinner? Have any questions about this recipe? Let me know in the comments!

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Maggie is the creator behind No Frills Kitchen. She is a world traveller, home cook and recipe developer who loves to experiment with new cuisines and techniques at every chance she gets. No stranger to improvising and making do with the equipment and ingredients she has available, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Read More

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