Roasted Cauliflower Salad

July 11, 2021
Step aside pasta salad, and make room for Roasted Cauliflower Salad instead!  With perfectly-roasted cauliflower, Feta, and fresh herbs, this flavorful salad may just become your new summertime (or anytime) favorite.

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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!

My kitchen is also the place where inspiration can strike at any moment. And that's exactly what happened to lead to the creation of this super flavorful Roasted Cauliflower Salad.

See, my new favorite Roasted Cauliflower Salad is actually an update to one of my favorite pasta salads.  I was whipping up said pasta salad one day and got to thinking about how to change it up.

With perfectly-roasted cauliflower, Feta, and fresh herbs, this flavorful salad may just become your new summertime (or anytime) favorite.

And that's when it struck me -- Why not replace the pasta with roasted cauliflower? I figured it would be a tasty way to bring a fresh and different spin to the dish.

So I tossed some cauliflower florets with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, and popped them in the oven to roast. Roasting beautifully tenderizes the cauliflower, and gives it great roasted flavor and color.

I tossed the roasted cauliflower with white wine vinegar, olive oil, red onion, and fresh herbs. Then taking a nod from another of my favorite salads -- Fresh Green Bean, Walnut, & Feta Salad -- I added in crumbled Feta and walnuts.

The result? -- The result was a very flavorful fabulous salad that surpassed my expectations, indeed. It's a wonderful salad that's just perfect as a summertime side.

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad Ingredients:

To roast the cauliflower, you'll need:
  • Fresh cauliflower
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

To combine with the roasted cauliflower to make the salad, you'll need:
  • White wine vinegar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Red onion
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt

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How to Make Roasted Cauliflower Salad:

To whip up a bowl of Roasted Cauliflower Salad, start by roasting the cauliflower.

Take one head of fresh cauliflower and cut it into small florets. Place the florets on a rimmed metal baking pan. Drizzle them with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.  Give the florets a little toss to get them all coated with the oil. 

Then pop the pan in the oven and bake the cauliflower  at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring it once. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cauliflower to cool for about 15 minutes.

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Combine some white wine vinegar, olive oil, Feta crumbles, chopped walnuts, chopped red onion, parsley, basil, and a small touch of salt in a bowl. Then add the roasted cauliflower.

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Gently toss everything together until the ingredients are well combined and coated in the white wine vinegar and olive oil.

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Finally, pop the salad in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Then you're ready to dig on in.

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The change from pasta to roasted cauliflower made such for such a delightfully delicious salad, and definitely created a fresh new dish that far exceeded my expectations.

So step aside pasta salad, and make room for Roasted Cauliflower Salad instead!  With perfectly-roasted cauliflower, Feta, and fresh herbs, this flavorful salad may just become your new summertime (or anytime) favorite, too.

Check out these other tasty vegetable salads:
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Salads
American
Yield: about 6 servings
Author: Tracey | The Kitchen is My Playground
Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Step aside pasta salad, and make room for Roasted Cauliflower Salad instead! With perfectly-roasted cauliflower, Feta, and fresh herbs, this flavorful salad may just become your new summertime (or anytime) favorite.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 45 Min

Ingredients

Roasted Cauliflower:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Salad:
  • 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

Instructions

Prepare Roasted Cauliflower:
  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. 
  2. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
Prepare Salad:
  1. Combine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, feta, walnuts, red onion, parsley, basil, and salt in a bowl. 
  2. Add roasted cauliflower and toss to coat.
  3. Chill at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.


18 comments

  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!

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

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

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

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  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

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    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!

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  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!

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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

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

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  13. Nice blog and absolutely outstanding. You can do something much better but i still say this perfect.Keep trying for the best. Wolf oven repair in Orange County

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  14. This looks delicious!! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party last week (I'm running a little late). Hope we see you there again this week!

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  15. The print button does not work.

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    1. Thank you for letting us know. It has been corrected. Print it and enjoy.

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