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Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad


Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad With Lemon

Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray

Toasted sliced almonds give this simple, delicious quinoa and cauliflower salad extra flavor and a satisfying crunch. There are a few steps to the preparation, but it's really quite easy to put together.  Serve this tasty salad warm or chilled.

Prep Time: 17 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • dash garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup frozen peas, cooked just until tender
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced blanched almonds
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste



Heat the oven to 375° F.

Separate the cauliflower into small florets. Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil and toss the cauliflower with the 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil. Spread out on the prepared baking pan and roast for about 15 to 20 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.

Put a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds and cook, stirring, until they are lightly browned and aromatic. Remove from the heat.

Combine the roasted cauliflower with the cooked quinoa and peas, the toasted almonds, sliced green onions, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add more lemon juice if desired. 

Serve warm or chilled on salad greens, pea shoots, or spinach leaves.

Serves 4.

See Also

How to Cook Quinoa

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