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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, CHICKPEA + GOLDEN BEET SALAD W/ LEMONY SUMAC DRESSING

This Roasted Cauliflower Salad features earthy beets, tender cauliflower, chickpeas, fresh greens and lemon sumac dressing – it’s so easy to make & delicious!

top down view of a bowl filled with a serving of roasted cauliflower, golden beet and chickpea salad.

My love of salads continues, and so another delicious salad is born!

This time around we’ll be roasting cauliflower, golden beets and chickpeas, tossing them with tomatoes, baby greens, parsley and dressing it all with a lemony-sumac dressing. It’s bright and flavorful, yet simple as can be and I know you’re going to love it!

side by side photos of head of cauliflower and golden beets.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Golden Beet & Chickpeas

This is another simple and straight forward recipe that can be changed up here and there to suit your needs.

  • The cauliflower is a must. If you have had roasted cauliflower before, you know exactly what I mean! And if you’ve never had it, please do. It’s amazing!
  • The beets can be changed up using either red or golden. I preferred the golden here simply because they are less messy to work with. Red beets will stain the other vegetables when tossed together while cooking. For this reason, I opted for the golden beets.
  • Chickpeas are the perfect bean for this recipe, adding protein and texture.

side by side photos showing the process of making roasted cauliflower, golden beet and chickpea salad.

Lemony Sumac Dressing

The dressing is very simple, only requiring 4 ingredients, and can be prepared while the cauliflower, chickpeas and beets are roasting.

One of those 4 ingredients is sumac. This is the second time I’ve used this spice on the blog. The first was this delicious Balela Salad. You will find sumac to have a sweet, tart, citrus flavor. It’s a wonderfully flavored spice and pairs well with each ingredient in the recipe. If you don’t have sumac on hand, don’t worry, just think lemon-pepper.

This salad will be just as fabulous with a simple dressing of garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. But, I do encourage you to try sumac if you’ve never had it. I picked up my jar from William-Sonoma, but I’m sure a quick google search will land a few other purchasing options.

top down view of salad ingredients added to bowl before mixing.

Tips For Making Roasted Cauliflower Salad

  • When roasting you may like to keep your cauliflower and beets as separate as possible, especially if using red beets as they will bleed onto the cauliflower.
  • A note on the greens, if using beets that have nice, healthy looking greens on top, you can use that in place of other baby greens. Alternately, use any type of baby greens you prefer such as kale, spinach, chard, or arugula.
  • Once vegetables are done, add everything together and give a good toss. Add more sumac, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve in individual bowls with sliced avocado and enjoy this hearty and satisfying salad – it’s purely delicious!

More Hearty Salad Inspiration

top down view of a bowl filled with a serving of roasted cauliflower, golden beet and chickpea salad.

If you try this roasted salad recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER + CHICKPEA + GOLDEN BEET SALAD

A few of my favorite things packed into one delicious and brightly flavored salad with lemony sumac dressing!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 - 3 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 23 golden beets, diced
  • 1 can (14oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed or 1 1/2 cups cooked
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • small handful cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 12 handfuls baby greens (kale, spinach, arugula, chard, etc.) or chopped beet greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 12 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • mineral salt & pepper, to taste

Sumac Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon sumac, + more as desired
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with a silpat, parchment paper or lightly grease with oil.

Roasting: Place the prepared cauliflower on one side of the baking sheet and the diced beets on the other. Sprinkle the chickpeas evenly over top both the cauliflower and beets. Add a small drizzle of olive oil over top, gently toss each vegetable with your fingers, making sure to keep them on their sides as much as possible. Sprinkle with a little garlic salt (or mineral salt and dash or two of garlic powder). Place baking sheet on the middle rack and roast for 40 minutes, stirring half way through.

Dressing: In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, vinegar, sumac and garlic. If not using sumac, add a few twists of fresh cracked pepper for a lemony-pepper dressing.

Mix together: In a large serving bowl, add the greens of choice, roasted vegetables and chickpeas, tomatoes, and parsley. Top with the dressing and give a good stir. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Serve: Serve in individual bowls with a sprinkle of pepitas and sliced avocado.

Serves 2 – 3

NOTES:

If beets are on the larger side, use 2. If on the smaller side, use 3.

Beet greens are just as delicious and nutritious as other baby greens. Chopping them up and using them in the salad is a great way to use them!

Add a grain like quinoa to make this a healthy grain bowl!

2 Comments

  1. This salad is delicious! I didn’t have parsley and I forgot to put garlic in the dressing, which I will correct next time I make it. Both my husband and I loved though, and it definitely made it into our rotation. Thank you!

  2. Stacey Booth says:

    I’ve been looking for another recipe that uses sumac. I cannot wait to try this!!!

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