Roasted Cauliflower Salad Recipe with Dates and Mint

Roasted Cauliflower Salad Recipe with Dates and Mint

This roasted cauliflower salad recipe cooks cauliflower to nutty sweet perfection. Add sweet caramel-y dates, fresh mint, crunchy pine nuts, and salty feta for a refreshing salad perfect for your next weeknight dinner or friends gathering.

Roasting Cauliflower

Roasting is my favorite way to prepare cauliflower, as it really transforms its flavor. I find Its nutty sweetness irresistible. I roast my cauliflower at a relatively high temperature, 425°F, and the edges get brown and a little crispy. This recipe tosses the cauliflower with paprika and oregano before roasting, a great flavor punch.

So Much Flavor!

I love how all the flavors of this salad blend together. The nutty cauliflower and sweet bites of date are punctuated with cooling mint intermingled with salty feta bites. The slightly creamy (from tahini) dressing tops it all off for a irresistible vegetable dish you will make again and again.

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Serving Suggestions

Roasted cauliflower salad recipe with dates and mint goes great with a main dish such as Turkish-style beef kofte kebabs or this radish and white bean salad recipe.

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad Recipe with Dates and Mint

A hearty and refreshing salad, this salad will win over any cauliflower hater. Adapted from this recipe from Every Last Bite
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Aliye Aydin

Ingredients

For the Cauliflower

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Vinaigrette

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

A Few More Ingredients

  • 6 large dates
  • 1 small shallot or red onion
  • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley
  • 1/2 bunch mint
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts*
  • 3 oz. feta cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cut cauliflower into evenly sized florets. In a small bowl, mix olive oil with salt and spices. Rub cauliflower florets with spice mixture. Place on baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes until soft and browned at the edges.
  • For the vinaigrette, zest the lemon and juice. Combine lemon zest with 2 teaspoons lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, tahini, olive oil, salt and pepper, and whisk. Set aside. 
  • Pit dates and cut into small pieces. Thinly slice about 5 or 6 shallot rings. Mince 1/3 cup each parsley and mint. Toast pine nuts by placing them in a dry skillet over high heat and stirring until golden brown. Crumble feta cheese, if using.
  • Once the cauliflower is cooked, remove to a large bowl. While still warm, add vinaigrette and other ingredients. Toss to combine. Garnish top with feta cheese. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Notes

*If you don't have pine nuts, chopped almonds or walnuts work here too.
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1 thought on “Roasted Cauliflower Salad Recipe with Dates and Mint”

  • This dish is delicious! I like cauliflower, but the combination of spices and the sweetness of the dates made it irresistible. My husband eats his vegetables because he knows he should, not because he really likes them, BUT during the course of this meal he said at least three times how delicious the cauliflower was. Try it!

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