I created this Cauliflower Salad more than two months ago and have been waiting silently, excitedly to share the recipe with you. I have made this at least 10 times in the past few weeks. It is THAT good! I think it even gives the Supergreen Falafel a run for its money. Yes, I am positive, that this is my number one salad of the moment.
Slow roasted cauliflower, almost sweet with the caramelisation, hints of charring on some of the florets, on a bed of the most delicious and creamy sweet potato hummus and a generous sprinkling of a crunchy sexy spicy nut dukkah, all pulled together with a lemony balsamic dressing and herbs. Oh my God! The best bit? It is vegan AND gluten-free so everyone can pick up their fork and dig in. This recipe serves four as a main meal, six to eight as a shared platter and is literally one of the simplest salads you will make that is big on flavour. Really big!
Yesterday I launched #nuts30days30ways campaign with Nuts For Life with a fun Food Styling And Photography workshop in Sydney. I also created this delicious recipe for them incorporating nine out of the ten tree nuts in Australia. The campaign is to encourage everyone to have a healthy handful (just about 30g) of nuts every day to assist in your optimum heart health and weight management besides the gazillion other benefits eating nuts seem to have.
I must confess, I find it hard to stop at 30g. I eat a lot of nuts every day. With a nut-free policy at school (due to allergies), my baking usually involves one nut version and one nut-free version of whatever cake, muffin or slice I am baking on a daily basis. From morning smoothies to a quick after-school snack and lunch in between, nuts feature heavily in our diet.
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SLOW ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SALAD WITH SWEET POTATO HUMMUS AND NUT DUKKAHPrint Recipe Rate / Comment
FOR THE CAULIFLOWER
- 1 (550 g) whole head of cauliflower, broken into florets
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
- black pepper
FOR THE DRESSING
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
FOR THE SWEET POTATO HUMMUS
- 400 g roasted sweet potato, Note 1
- 3 large garlic cloves
- 1 X 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- juice of 1 small lemon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 80 ml mild olive oil
FOR THE SPICE NUT CRUMBLE
- 100 g mixed nuts, pecan, pine nut, walnut, hazelnut, brazil nut, almond, cashew, pistachio, macadamia
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced). Mix all ingredients for cauliflower in a large bowl. Spread in a roasting pan lined with baking paper. Roast for approximately 40 minutes until starting to crisp and brown. Remove from oven, place in a bowl and cool.
- Put all ingredients for the dressing in a mason jar. Shake until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Place all ingredients for the hummus in the bowl of a small food processor and process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Preheat oven to 170°C (150°C fan forced). Mix all ingredients for nuts in a small bowl. Spread on roasting pan lined with baking paper. Roast for 8 minutes until toasted and starting to turn a shade darker. Remove from oven. Cool. Crush coarsely.
- Place prepared cauliflower and dressing in a bowl. Toss gently to combine.
- Smear/brush/scoop hummus onto a plate. Top with Cauliflower mix. Garnish with nut crumble and micro herbs.
- Make Roasted Sweet Potato - toss cubed sweet potato in some olive oil and roast at 200°C (180°C fan forced for approx. 40 minutes until tender. Cool)
Sneh I took this salad to a gathering this sunday. TOTAL SUCCESS!!!!!
Everybody loved it and asked for the recipe off course!!!
Thanks you so much!!! Your recipes are a hit!!
This was absolutely delicious. Everyone I served it to loved it....and a couple are pretty picky. Am holding onto this recipe and will definitely be doing it again.
This was absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much!
This looks delicious. I'm so immature because I giggled when you said show me your nuts 😛
ha ha Lorraine. Trust you to do that!
Oh, this recipe looks delicious, Sneh! And I love your styling/photos. <3
That salad looks absolutely gorgeous and sounds amazing. Those nuts are stunning as well. The pink on those pistachios...
isn't it? I love pistachios for their unusually beautiful colouring x
My goodness this salad looks wonderful. You've plated it so beautifully and the sweet potato houmous is something I'm definitely going to have to make.
Delicious! Totally my kind of food. I love cauliflower, sweet potatoes, hummus and dukkah.
100% YES!!! This salad looks and sounds to-die-for amazing and I feel like one bite will have me hooked for life. I'm going nuts over this nutty yumness!
I love cauliflower. This looks so healthy and amazing! Great post x
WOW this looks incredible Sneh! Big on these kind of flavours at the moment - a lot of middle-eastern food seems to be relatively cheap as well which I am loving. This salad looks like it would be perfect for uni lunches, definitely saving to have a go at - at the moment I've been roasting carrots/broccoli/zucchini sprinkled with dukkah and eaten it with plain hummus, but sweet potato sounds awesome 🙂 - beetroot hummus is another flavour I want to figure out how to make in the near future! I can imagine pomegranate would be lovely on this salad too - I think they are coming into season at the moment too! <3
cheers Claudia! isn't it wonderful! vegetarian food! I love how fresh and flavourful it always is and how well so many of them compliment each other on a plate. Love the sound of your dish. x
That's a lovely salad and one I'd stand in a queue for. I used nut dukkah over pumpkin slices that I roasted and it was a huge success. Now I want your salad.
oh wow Maureen! that is high praise. queue worthy 🙂 your dukkah dish sounds delicious. Hope you are well x
Oh my gosh, I miss so much dukkah!!
Btw, you entire recipe rocks!