Herby Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas

filling and full of flavor
Filling and full of flavor
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1 medium head Cauliflower about 1¾ - 2 pounds
½ tsp Sea salt plus more to taste
½ tsp Black pepper fresh ground
1 tsp Lemon zest finely grated
¼ cup Lemon juice fresh squeezed, plus more to taste
¼ cup Olive oil extra virgin
¼ tsp Crushed red pepper optional for some heat
1 (15 oz) can Chickpeas drained and rinsed
½ cup Fresh herbs
½ cup Red onion pickled, chopped, optional

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Herby Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas


I love to make this Herby Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas in summertime to accompany some fish or grilled chicken. It has a fresh lemon dressing and the chickpeas add a filling element. The star of the show however is the cauliflower – uncooked and tender, it tastes amazing when combined with the other salad ingredients.

I start by placing the cauliflower florets in a bowl. Then I season the florets and make a dressing. When I combine the salad I like to use a combination of fresh herbs like parsley, dill, or mint. This salad improves the longer it marinates. When possible, leave the salad marinate before serving. Stir occasionally for about 30 minutes before serving. This salad will keep for up to one week once covered in the refrigerator.

To make my version of Herby Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Herby Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas


Prepare cauliflower


Cut the leaves off the cauliflower and remove the core. Break the cauliflower into little florets and place them in a large bowl. Chop any long stems into small pieces and then add these to the bowl with florets.




Toss the florets with ½ a teaspoon of fine sea salt and ½ a teaspoon of ground black pepper until all the florets are evenly seasoned.


Make the dressing


In a small jar or bottle combine 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt. Shake vigorously to mix.


Assemble the salad


Add a can of chickpeas, ½ a cup of herbs, ½ a cup of pickled onions and the dressing to the cauliflower florets. Toss until everything is evenly coated.


Adjust seasoning


Taste and add more salt, pepper or lemon juice as desired.




Leave to rest for 30 minutes before serving.

This Herby Cauliflower Salad with Chickpeas is one of my favorite cauliflower recipes! Try it out soon and come back to leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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Total Reviews: 12
Regan Sepulbeda

My kids aren't a huge fan of healthy food so it was hard to convince them to try this out but once they got a bite they didn't stop till the plate was empty!! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe.

Kelsie Wininger

Good meal, loved this and the roasted cauliflower recipe the most.

Paula Vavra

It was kinda bland, wish there was a unique dressing for this.

Whitley Mcraney

Brought this to work with me today, great for a big lunch will fill you up and give you the energy you need to pull through the day.

Charleston Animas

Vegetarian and vegan recipe is exactly what I need for my picky family lmao.

Joelle Zanis

Very healthy and simple to make good for any day of the week.

Maisy Coar

Cool herby chickpea salad never made it before till now.

Sailor Mahaffie

Trying to stick to a healthy diet, going to try this out today!

Ellery Dugay

Great chickpea salad, loved the flavors in this not a single bite not taken haha.

Xiomara Rosche

Doesn't take nearly as long as stated in the EST, took me under 20 minutes actually which is a total bonus.

Yareli Vanholland

I actually made the dressing from the roasted cauliflower recipe and used it here, made it taste so much better and less dry.


Delicious salad!

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