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Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Chickpeas, Red Pepper and Arugula

Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Chickpeas, Red Pepper and Arugula 2.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Nourish Jan 14, 2021

A mix of cooked and raw ingredients in this colorful salad play off one another deliciously. Caramelized roasted cauliflower offers a tender, earthy counterpoint to crisp, sweet red bell pepper; fresh greens and hearty beans, all married in a bright, red-wine vinaigrette seasoned with savory roasted garlic and dried oregano. Although it is worth roasting the cauliflower just for this recipe, almost any roasted vegetable will work, making this salad an excellent way to use up leftovers. (If you don’t have roasted garlic, substitute 1/4 teaspoon of granulated garlic in the dressing.)

Serve as a main course with some crusty bread, or as a side with pizza, or roasted poultry, fish or meat.

Active time: 15 mins ; Total time: 45 mins

Make Ahead: The cauliflower and garlic can be prepared and refrigerated for up to 3 days in advance.

2 - 4

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Tested size: 2-4 servings

  • 5 cups (about 1 pound 8 ounces) cauliflower florets (about 1 1/2-inch) wide
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup cooked no-salt added chickpeas, drained and rinsed if canned


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.

On a large, rimmed baking sheet, combine the cauliflower and the garlic cloves; drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil, sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and toss to coat. Roast, tossing once or twice, for about 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown in spots. Let the cauliflower and the garlic cool to room temperature. If not using right away, refrigerate until needed.

Squeeze the garlic out of its paper into a medium bowl; discard any tough stem ends. Sprinkle the garlic with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, then mash with a fork until a fairly smooth paste is formed. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the bowl, along with the vinegar, oregano and black pepper and whisk to combine.

In a large bowl, toss together the roasted cauliflower, arugula, bell pepper and chickpeas. Drizzle with the dressing, toss to coat and serve.

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From cookbook author and nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 189

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 12g 18%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 224mg 9%

Total Carbohydrates: 18g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 6g 24%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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