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Curry Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Yield: 6 servings (as a side), about 10 cups
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
A healthy, satisfying, protein-packed Curry Roasted Cauliflower Salad with chickpeas, sweet potato, and cashews, tossed in a creamy spiced dressing.

Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium chickpeas
  • 1 head cauliflower — cut into florets, about 6 cups
  • 1 large sweet potato — cut into 1/2-inch pieces, about 3 cups
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup raisins or golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves

FOR THE DRESSING (double for a more generous portion):

  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground chili powder — plus additional to taste

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the cashews onto an ungreased baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast until the cashews are golden and fragrant and the centers are golden-tan when broken in half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not walk away during the last few minutes of baking and set a timer. Nuts love to go from almost done to burned when you stop paying attention. Set aside to cool. Move the oven racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven and leave the oven preheated.

  2. Meanwhile, rinse and drain the chickpeas, then spread them onto a double layer of paper towels. Place a second towel on top and pat dry. Rub the towel lightly over the chickpeas to dry them and remove any skins that come loose (but don't stress above removing them all). Transfer the chickpeas to a very large mixing bowl.
  3. To the bowl, add the cauliflower, sweet potato, olive oil, curry powder, chili powder, salt, and turmeric. Toss to coat the vegetables until the oil and spices are as evenly distributed as possible.

  4. Lightly coat two large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Divide the vegetables between the two sheets, spreading them into an even layer. Place the pans in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Roast for 15 minutes, then remove the pans from the oven. With a large spatula, carefully toss the vegetables, then spread them back into an even layer. Return the pans to the oven, switching their positions on the upper and lower racks. Continue baking until the vegetables are tender and the chickpeas are golden and crisp, about 10 to 15 additional minutes.

  5. While the vegetables bake, make the dressing. Stir together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, maple syrup, curry powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder.

  6. Assemble the salad: Either in a large bowl (or directly on the baking sheets), stir the roasted vegetables together with the raisins, cashews, and cilantro. Pile onto a serving plate and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chickpeas, lemon herb dressing, roasted cauliflower salad, spicy dressing, Vegetarian

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 of 6, about 1 2/3 cups) — Calories: 304, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 1038mg, Potassium: 696mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 10g, Vitamin A: 3350%, Vitamin C: 50.4%, Calcium: 88%, Iron: 3.2%

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