Thursday, August 8, 2013

roasted cauliflower, chickpea + quinoa salad with jalapeno lime dressing

roasted cauliflower, chickpea + quinoa salad with jalapeno lime dressing

I come from the school of thought that says the odd little homemade treat is totally acceptable in a healthy diet (it kinda makes me sad to see so many people completely depriving themselves of anything sweet if I'm being completely honest here), but at the same time I do tend to eat my weight in salad too. Most lunch times I fix myself a salad of some sort and we always have a salad with our dinner. 
We are lucky here in Perth that we can still grow tomatoes and lettuce all year round and this is what usually forms the basis of our night time salad. But for lunch when the kids are at school and I only have myself to think about, I make whatever my little heart desires. There's nearly always chilli involved and if I have leftover cooked grains from the night before, they go in too.

jalapenos roasted chickpeas roasted cauliflower, chickpea + quinoa salad with jalapeno lime dressing

In our kitchen we have a large pantry with two cupboards right next to it, which is where I store all my unopened supplies, you know... sacks of rice, bags of dried beans and my preserves from last summer. That kind of thing.
It was while sifting through this overflowing cupboard that I came across my last jar of homegrown pickled jalapenos. I thought I'd already used the last of them, so you can imagine my surprise when I move the tub of rice to reveal one of my all-time favourite things. Naturally, they had to star in my lunch. With some leftover quinoa and chickpeas from the fridge, a little bit of golden-roasted cauliflower, loads of herbs from the garden and limes from the markets, this salad was born. 
  
roasted cauliflower, chickpea + quinoa salad with jalapeno lime dressing

roasted cauliflower, chickpea + quinoa salad with jalapeno lime dressing
I had some leftover cooked quinoa and chickpeas at hand, but of course, if the difference between you making this salad or not is the chickpeas, by all means use tinned ones. Just rinse them well first.
Serves 2-3 or more as a side

1/2 medium cauliflower, cut into small florets
the finely grated zest of 1 lemon
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or use 1x400g tin chickpeas, rinsed well), patted dry on a clean tea towel
1 teaspoon fennel seeds (cumin seeds would also work here if that's what you have)

1 cup cooked quinoa*, any colour
1/4 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped
a handful each of fresh mint leaves, flat leaf parsley, coriander (cilantro), roughly torn

jalapeno lime dressing
1-2 pickled jalapenos, finely chopped
the juice of 2 medium limes
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 220C/428F. Lay cauliflower florets out in a single layer on an oven tray, scatter over half of the lemon zest, season well with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Give it all a good toss and roast for 15-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so, or until cauliflower is golden and tender.

On another tray lay out the chickpeas, scatter over remaining zest, fennel seeds, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Toss well to combine and then roast for 10-15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so, or until lovely and crispy golden brown.

Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, season well with salt and pepper and mix well.
In a large bowl combine, cooked cauliflower, chickpeas, cooked quinoa, herbs and almonds, drizzle over dressing mix well and serve.

*If you don't already have cooked quinoa at hand you will need approx 1/2 cup (90g) of raw quinoa grains. Bring 3/4 cup (185ml) water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Rinse quinoa well to remove the saponin, a bitter protective coating, then drain. The easiest way to do this is to put the raw grain into a fine mesh sieve and rinse under running water, then set aside to drain while the waters coming up to the boil. When your waters boiling, add the rinsed quinoa, cover and turn down to a gentle simmer and cook for 12 mins or until the grains become translucent, the water is absorbed and an unusual outer white ring shows. Remove from the heat and fluff up with a fork. You may have a little more than is needed for this recipe, store any leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days.



50 comments:

  1. Such beautiful photos! Can't wait to make x

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  2. I'm so drooling over this... and the photos are gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for your beautiful blog! I've tried a bunch of your recipes and have several stacked up in my "to cook"-pile :)

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  3. That combines two of my favourite ingredients - chickpeas and cauliflower! The dressing sounds delicious so I think I will have to give this a try. Gorgeous photos as well!

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    1. Thanks Liz, you'll love this salad if you love chickpeas and cauliflower! Enjoy :-)

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  4. Yuuum these flavours sound simply perfect together! Am so loving the affordability of limes in Australia too that makes salads like this possible hehe.

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    1. Yep me too! Of course for NZ readers lemon juice can be used in place of limes to though, might add that up top :-)

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  5. I love chilli too and these sound awesome indeed! Quinoa makes a great salad base doesn't it? Delicious!

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    1. Sure does, I always cook way more than needed so I can have leftovers :-)

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  6. Oh wow, so many wonderful flavors in this salad. That chickpea photo is so tantalizing - I just want to grab a handful!

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  7. Well, now I have some idea what I might actually do with a jar of pickled jalapenos besides eating them two or three slices at a time on tacos! YAY. This salad sounds great & hearty & easy, and the dressing obviously sounds amazing!

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    1. I chop them up finely and add to all sorts of things :-) Nice with eggs too xx

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  8. This is such a gorgeous salad! I am SO jealous that you are able to grow lettuce and tomatoes all year around...I can only get about one good months of harvest out of my garden (UGH).

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    1. I'm still amazed (even after 2 years living in Australia) to see tomatoes growing in the middle of summer! They lack the intense flavour of their summer friends, but still such a treat :-)

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  9. Yes! This is so what I want to eat right now and always. I love making large-ish batches of quinoa and roasted chickpeas so I can spend the next couple days throwing the leftovers into various dishes. (I can't wait to try roasted chickpeas with fennel seeds the next time around.) And the dressing sounds divine! Pickled jalapenos — yum! (:

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    1. I try to sneak chillies into everything I eat :-)

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  10. Emma, this is a gorgeous salad and exactly the type of lunch I enjoy! And finding a jar of pickled jalapenos is indeed a treat. As always, I just love all you post! xx

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  11. this kind of salad is what we lovingly call the Pile at home. it's piled with the best kind of ingredients, fresh and leftover.

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  12. I'm not sure how I've managed to not have your blog on my radar already, but I'm so glad I just stumbled across it. This recipe looks fantastic, and browsing through your index is definitely getting me hungry. I'm gluten-free and really appreciate the wide range here. :)

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  13. Jalapeno lime dressing. That sounds awesome and going to start use this. Will try pickling my own. Thanks for a great idea. Love this salad.

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    1. They really are so easy to pickle, and a really great way to preserve them if you grow your own :-)

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  14. Love! This makes even me a self confessed non lover of cauliflower want to dive right in & scoff the lot! I am with you chilli with everything!

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  15. This looks so yummy, I have just discovered you and you have some amazing recipes.

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  16. This salad looks so delicious especially with the jalapeno in the dressing. Such a great combination of flavours.

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  17. I love the jalapeno lime dressing. It's the perfect combination of flavors.

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  18. This roasted cauliflower, chickpea and quinoa salad with jalapeno lime dressing sounds quite tasty. I think it could be a nice treat during these summer months. Great post.

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  19. I wanted to do something with chickpeas today, so I guess I will go for this recipe.
    Love your whole blog, honest writing, great recipes...

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  20. This is so beautifully stunning! My mouth is actually drooling all over your pictures! Roasted cauliflower is truly delicious and cannot wait to try out the combo of chickpeas and quinoa with it! YUM!!!

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  21. You had me at the jalapeno lime dressing! Looks delicious and like the next item on my dinner list. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. This looks like a great healthy filling salad

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  23. Hi Emma,

    I wanted to serve this at a bridal shower and wanted to know how long in advance you think I could make this before serving?

    Thank you!

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  24. Just tried it and it is amazing! Love the dressing!

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  25. Hello, i just stumbled upon your blog via this recipe and just want to say your blog is amazing! the food looks so beautiful and delicious and i love that you have vegan options. Keep up the great work! :)

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  26. Hello Emma:

    I'm an amateur 'foodie' always on the lookout for recipes to make with fresh farm produce.

    In the Autumn I like to make food in batches, so last night I made a carrot and turnip bisque, beef stew, and a marinara sauce. I always keep a serving of each of things I make for dinners for the week, then freeze the rest.

    Tonight I'll probably make Borscht and maybe a veggie lasagna.

    I just discovered your food blog today after I had roasted some cauliflower and Brussel sprouts and went searching for a recipe. Initially I thought I was going to make a 'roasted soup' but I really like your salad.

    I'm going to make it with my roasted sprouts as well and hopefully will post a picture.

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  27. I made this last night, I substituted israeli cous cous for the quinoa because its what i had at home. absolutely delicious recipe thank you.

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  28. I really wanted to PIN this, but couldn't find a way to just pin the recipe (versus your entire blog series).

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    1. Hrrm, that's strange? If you're still having trouble, follow this link (you may need to copy and paste) http://www.pinterest.com/source/mydarlinglemonthyme.com/ and then pin from someone elses pin. This salad has been pinned loads of times :-)

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  29. Thank you so much for this wonderful dish. Im a vegetarian and always on the look out for new recipes. My 'carnivore' husband loved it too, and asked for it again! :)

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  30. I soaked way too many chickpeas last night for hummus. I looked for recipes to use them up and found this one. DELICIOUS!!! I used fresh jalapeno instead of pickled, 7 grain blend grains instead of quinoa, mint cilantro and arugula. It was so tasty. Barely any remains and I was the only one eating it!. THANK YOU for a recipe I will surely make again!

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  31. Can this be served cold or hot??

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    1. Thank you!!! I can not wait to try it!!! Looks Delish! :)

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  32. This looks lovely! I love the flavour sin there..glad I found your site today!

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