This is one of my favorite easy and healthful salads; roasted cauliflower and chickpeas with honey mustard vinaigrette. This wonderful, flavorful cauliflower and chickpea salad is not my recipe, it’s from Half Baked Harvest. I have only lightly adapted the recipe, mainly reducing the heat factor, but the original recipe can be seen here.
This beautiful cauliflower and chickpea salad is made of some of my favorite foods. Cauliflower, chickpeas, cucumbers and feta. Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, is packed with a rich supply of nutrients and is finally getting the attention it deserves as a nutrition powerhouse.
Although vividly colored fruits and veggies tend to be the healthiest choices, cauliflower is a notable exception. Cauliflower is a very versatile and vitamin-rich vegetable. It is also a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and fiber. Cauliflower is also rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants. Seriously, everyone should be eating cauliflower.
Like cauliflower, chickpeas are also considered a popular food trend in recent years, chickpeas are also healthful and packed with nutrition. A cup of cooked chickpeas contains 269 calories — and offers an excellent amount of protein (15 grams) and fiber (13 grams), helping to keep you fuller for longer. Chickpeas are also loaded with vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, folate, and vitamin A.
The adaptability of this cauliflower and chickpea salad is one of the things I love most. The flavorful spice mix can be adjusted up or down depending on your preferences. For my version of this recipe, I dropped the heat/spice factor down a bit for two reasons, one, to not overpower the other ingredients, and two, to get my kids to eat it! My plan worked. That said, taste and adjust as needed.
For conveyance sake, you can cook off the cauliflower and chickpeas ahead of time and just toss all it all together right before serving if you wish to make this recipe even easier. In warmer months, such as spring and summer, I also recommend adding grilled salmon, shrimp, or chicken making this cauliflower salad a fantastic, protein-backed meal that’s easy on the waistline.