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Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Spinach And Chickpeas

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 1 chopped cauliflower with 1 tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper for 35 mins. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, ¼ cup parsley, ¼ olive oil and ½ tsp mustard seeds for 5mins. In a bowl, add 15 oz chickpeas, 6 oz spinach and ¼ cup olives, the roasted cauliflower and the mix from the pan. Stir and enjoy.

I love roasting vegetables in the fall. Butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes — I could go on. The best thing about roasting veggies is that you can extract a ton of flavor without adding too much fat or calories. It’s very simple to do, and you can make a big batch. You can also use it throughout the week in different recipes (soups, casseroles, salads, etc.)

This recipe makes cauliflower the star, roasted to perfection and tossed with a warm dressing.  Other ingredients include chickpeas for protein, spinach for some greens, and Kalamata olives for a nice tangy bite. It’s also vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

I’m sharing this recipe in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month — I’ve teamed up with Pink Ribbon Produce and its produce partners to help raise awareness about increasing fruits and veggies in our diets (the goal is at least 2.5 cups a day) to help lower cancer risk (cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, and greens like spinach, are especially great for prevention).

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Spinach and Chickpeas

  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • Calories per serving: 332
  • Fat per serving: 19.3g
  • Nutritional Info Per Serving: 332 Calories, 19.3g Fat (2.2g Saturated), 910mg Sodium, 34.8g Carbs, 10.2g Fiber, 0g Sugar, 9.6g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 large head Cauliflower, outer leaves removed, cut or broken into bite-size florets/pieces
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 oz Baby Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or sheet pan with parchment or foil. Toss the cauliflower pieces with the 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Spread on the prepared sheet and roast in the oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown, tossing the vegetables once midway through cooking time.
  3. While the cauliflower is roasting, heat the vinegar and mustard seeds in a small saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the Dijon mustard, parsley and olive oil. Keep warm.
  5. Place the chickpeas, spinach and olives in a large bowl. Add the hot roasted cauliflower and warm dressing, tossing to wilt the spinach a bit and coat all ingredients lightly with dressing.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Image and Recipe courtesy: http://www.ebfarm.com/

 

Anjali Shah
Star Expert

I grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, I taught myself how to cook and successfully transformed my husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to my healthy, yet flavorful recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Through my blog, The Picky Eater, I share my passion for tasty, healthy cooking. I believe that healthy food can taste good, and that you can lose weight and be healthy without depriving yourself!

Anjali Shah
Star Expert

I grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, I taught myself how to cook and successfully transformed my husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to my healthy, yet flavorful recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Through my blog, The Picky Eater, I share my passion for tasty, healthy cooking. I believe that healthy food can taste good, and that you can lose weight and be healthy without depriving yourself!