June 1, 2015

Roasted Cauliflower Salad {& My Dream Kitchen Update and Upgrade}

Step aside pasta salad and make room for Roasted Cauliflower Salad instead!  With perfectly-roasted cauliflower, feta, and fresh herbs, it will be your 'new' summertime {or anytime} favorite.  Thank you to Frigidaire Professional®  Collection appliances and Lowe's for sponsoring its creation and this post.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

As a food blogger, it probably comes as no surprise that my kitchen is one of my best friends.  I spend more of my waking hours in my kitchen than any other room in the house.  And truth be told, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Since moving into our new home just over nine months ago, Lowe's has become one of my best friends, too.  See, the existing kitchen in our home isn't exactly equipped or decorated to my liking.

However, I'm planning on changing that very  soon!  With the help of Lowe's and the new Frigidaire Professional® Collection of appliances, my kitchen is about to get the update & upgrade it desperately  needs.

After many, many trips {because I'm a tad bit slow at making decorating decisions} back and forth from Lowe's to home ... comparing paint choices ... deciding on our new counter top type ... choosing cabinet hardware ... assessing tile and backsplash options ... I'm thrilled to share that I have the direction for my kitchen update and upgrade nailed down.

Kitchen Update & Upgrade Inspiration Board with Frigidaire Professional®  Collection

What do you think??  

As you can see, I've decided to go with an elegantly-classic neutral palette to pair with our existing white cabinets, including soft beiges or grays with brushed nickel hardware and stainless steel appliances, and I'm so excited that everything I need for the update is conveniently available at one stop - Lowe's.

This includes the gorgeous heavy duty professional-grade-yet-affordable Frigidaire Professional®  Collection of appliances.  The biggest beauty of these fabulous appliances? ... Even though they're professional-grade, they're compatible with standard-sized spaces so they slide right into existing kitchens ... without a complete renovation.

This is such a bonus for me {and for you, too, if you're planning a kitchen upgrade!}.  Because while my husband is completely supportive of my kitchen update ... he's absolutely not  supportive of a complete renovation that involves tearing out and reconfiguring cabinets.  Fortunately, the Frigidaire Professional®  Collection saves us from the hassle of that.  

With the ease of installation of Frigidaire Professional® Collection appliances and the convenience of Lowe's one-stop shopping for all our needs, we can have the bulk of our kitchen update and upgrade done in a single weekend.  {Now that I have my decisions made, that is!}  

With their stylish, restaurant-style-inspired design, I'm in love with all the Frigidaire Professional® Collection appliances.  But you want to know which Frigidaire Professional® Collection appliance I'm most excited about?

The Frigidaire Professional® Back-Control Freestanding Gas Range!  Because I'm sooooo in love with cooking with gas and have totally missed it since leaving behind our gas stove in our move ... and because I know it will do a fabulous job roasting the cauliflower for this zippy little Roasted Cauliflower Salad. 

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

This Roasted Cauliflower Salad is actually and update to one of my favorite pasta salads.  Just like my kitchen, I decided I wanted to change up the salad ... you know, give it a little more pizzazz and freshness.

And that's when it struck me ... why not replace the pasta with roasted cauliflower?

I just knew that this one easy-to-make change would create such a deliciously fabulous 'new' dish.

So I tossed some cauliflower florets with a little olive oil and salt and pepper ...

Roasting Cauliflower

... and popped it in the oven to roast ... tenderizing it, and giving the cauliflower great roasted flavor and color ...

Roasted Cauliflower

... and also making it a perfect  dish to prepare in the Frigidaire Professional® Back-Control Freestanding Gas Range.  With its PowerPlus®  True Convection Bake and Roast, it evenly roasts and bakes dishes every time, delivering up consistent results with its powerful professional-grade performance.  Not to mention, it reaches that roasting temperature in a matter of minutes with PowerPlus® Preheat.  Love that.

Then I simply tossed the roasted cauliflower with white wine vinegar and a few other ingredients ~ fresh herbs, feta, and walnuts ~ for a wonderful salad, perfect for summer time.

So just as the easy-to-make change from pasta to roasted cauliflower made such a huge impact on elevating and upgrading this salad and creating a fresh 'new' dish - so will the easy-to-make changes to my kitchen that will elevate and upgrade it  to the 'new' kitchen of my dreams ~ thanks to Lowe's and Frigidaire Professional®  Collection appliances.  Oh, I can't wait!

Roasted Cauliflower Salad
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Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Source:  A Tracey creation
(Printable recipe)
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 to 4 T. white wine vinegar
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz. Feta cheese crumbles {about 1 cup}
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped red onion
  • 3 T. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 T. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  1. Place cauliflower florets on a rimmed metal baking pan. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  2. Combine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, feta, walnuts, red onion, parsley, basil, and salt in a bowl. Add roasted cauliflower and toss to coat.
  3. Chill at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kitchen PLAY for Frigidaire Professional® Collection and Lowe's.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Visit Lowe's for more information on Frigidaire Professional® Collection appliances.


  1. I am so jealous of your new kitchen already... but not so jealous of the remodel process. We did a mini-remodel on our last house. I cooked in crockpots and electric skillets in the living room for a few weeks! We managed, but it was less than ideal!

  2. I love roasted cauli so much! This is a great use for it. I need to try it! Pinning!

    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn. Roasted cauliflower is indeed delicious, isn't it?

  3. Jealous of your new kitchen! Can't wait to see it finished! Love all your choices! And this cauliflower. YUM

  4. This salad looks amazing! I am always on the lookout for cookout side dishes that aren't your standard pasta or potato salad. I will definitely be bringing this to my next cookout! Thanks for sharing #wineddown

    1. I love 'non-standard' salads, too, Kendra ... and this Roasted Cauliflower Salad is a GREAT one {if I do say so myself}! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  5. Those are exactly the appliances I am looking for. I need to get their measurements. Aslo, your salad has so many fabulous ingredients. I love it!

  6. Oh my. I don't really care for pasta salad, so this will be perfect for me! I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites!

  7. Your salads look scrumptious--I'm going to make your cauliflower salad tomorrow. Love your kitchen selections!

  8. This is coming at the perfect time--I'm all about cauliflower this summer! I'm definitely going to be making this for our cookouts and picnics.

  9. This looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  10. This is great. I'm always looking for new side dishes to try. I've pinned it and will be giving it a try.
    Stopping by from Wine'd down Wednesdays.

  11. Hi Tracey, this is a great salad! I'll be featuring it tonight on Best of the Weekend!

  12. I made it last night and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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