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Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad

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Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad is a healthy, vegetable loaded salad that is perfect for the warmer months. Bring this salad to your next BBQ or picnic or make it ahead for your weekly meals. 

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MEDITERRANAN CHICKPEA CAULIFLOWER SALAD

Are you sick of salads yet? I hope not! Because they are always on repeat at my house.

I make at least two salads a week when I meal prep and this Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad is often on rotation with this Greek Chickpea Salad.

I recently shared a Cauliflower Tabbouleh with you guys and I have gotten on a cauliflower rice kick because of it. I knew I had to use cauliflower rice in a version of my favorite Mediterranean Chickpea Salad.

These types of salads are so customizable which makes them perfect for picnics, bbq’s or your meal planning. If you go to the end of this post I will give you a list of ideas to add or changes things up in this recipe. One thing I really love about adding cauliflower rice to salads is that it keeps the salad light but gives it a nice texture and crunch. I also love using cauliflower rice because it creates a low-carb dish like in this Spanish Cauliflower Rice recipe.

Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad Above Shot

You might be wondering what cauliflower rice is? It is so easy to make! You need a large head of cauliflower. Remove the green stems from the cauliflower and chop the head in half. Using a box grater or food processor, grate the whole head of cauliflower (one half at a time). Wallah! You have cauliflower rice ready to be used in salads and sides.

Cauliflower rice is a great low-carb option for those that are watching their carbs or don’t want grains in their salads or meals. If you want to save time and clean-up look for pre-made cauliflower rice at your grocery stores. Mine carry 16 ounce bags and they make this Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad super easy to make.

Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad Lemons

Here are some ways to change up this salad:

Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad Side View

Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad

Yield: 8-10

Mediterranean Chickpea Cauliflower Salad is a healthy, vegetable loaded salad that is perfect for the warmer months. Bring this salad to your next BBQ or picnic or make it ahead for your weekly meals.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 3 to 4 cups cauliflower rice (I used a 16 ounce bag of cauliflower rice/grated cauliflower or 1 medium sized cauliflower, grated)
  • 1 - 16 ounce can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped {about 2/3 cup}
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved {or tear drop tomatoes work}
  • 1/2 english cucumber, diced {you can peal the cucumber if you want}
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 8-10 thinly sliced green onions (about a bunch-green parts chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

For the dressing:

  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite spice {I like to use sumac or za'atar}
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl combine the cauliflower rice, chickpeas, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, matchstick carrots, green onions, mint, parsley and feta cheese.

In a marson jar or a salad dressing container combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, your favorite spice, salt and pepper and mix well.

Pour the dressing over the salad and gentry toss to combine.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. If you plan to make this salad ahead I suggest only using half of the dressing and saving the remaining dressing to toss the salad in when you are ready to serve the salad}.

Notes

  • Try white beans instead of chickpeas.
  • Add a variety of other vegetables like zucchini and bell pepper.
  • If you like your salad to be a bit spicy try adding cayenne pepper to the salad dressing or even jalapeños.
  • You can easily add grilled chicken, steak or seafood to this salad to create a hearty meal.
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Saturday 9th of June 2018

This turned out delicious! So fresh and light! We are going to enjoy it tonight with some baked potatoes and fresh corn on the cob!

Julia

Monday 11th of June 2018

I am so glad you liked it! Sounds like a great pairing for a meal too.

Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite

Thursday 24th of May 2018

Yes love the idea of using cauliflower rice! Thinking of adding grilled chicken to this for dinner!

Julia

Thursday 24th of May 2018

That's a great idea! I love the addition of grilled chicken to salads.

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