Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea Arugula Salad Recipe

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Everett Dean Modified: March 21, 2022
Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea Arugula Salad Recipe

How To Make Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea Arugula Salad

Vegan and gluten-free ingredients such as cauliflower, chickpeas and arugula are combined in a tasty tahini dressing, to sum up, this flavorful salad.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



For Salad:

  • cauliflowerroasted
  • chickpeasroasted
  • 4handfulbaby arugulalarge
  • 1avocadoripe, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • ½red onionsmall, thinly sliced
  • cuptoasted pine nuts
  • Dreamy Tahini Dressing
  • extra lemon slicesoptional, for serving

For Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas:

  • 1head of cauliflowermedium, cut into small florets
  • 2tbspolive oildivided
  • 15ozchickpeas(garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • ½tspcuminground
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ½tspsmoked paprika
  • ¼tsponion powder
  • cayenne pepperto taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

For Dreamy Tahini Dressing:

  • ¼cuptahini
  • 3tbsplemon juicefreshly-squeezed
  • 2garlic clovespressed or minced
  • 1tbspmaple syrup
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepperto taste
  • 4tbspwarm water



  1. Prepare the Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas as directed below. Then to save time, prep the remaining ingredients while they are roasting in the oven.

  2. Once the cauliflower and chickpeas are ready to go, spread the arugula out evenly on your serving platter or bowl. Top with the cauliflower, chickpeas, avocado, red onion, and pine nuts. Then drizzle everything evenly with the dressing.

  3. Serve immediately, garnished with extra lemon slices/wedges if desired.

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare the baking sheet with aluminum foil if desired.

  2. Spread the cauliflower out on the baking sheet, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss to combine until the cauliflower is evenly coated.

  3. Then spread the cauliflower out evenly on the baking sheet, and set aside.

  4. In a separate small bowl, toss together the chickpeas,cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, cayenne, and remaining 1 tablespoon of oil until evenly combined.

  5. Sprinkle the chickpea mixture on top of the cauliflower, and give the pan a good shake so that everything forms one single layer. Season evenly with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper.

  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cauliflower turns slightly charred around the edges. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack until ready to use.

Dreamy Tahini Dressing:

  1. Whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, maple syrup, plus a generous pinch each of salt and pepper in a bowl until smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water until combined, then add an extra tablespoon of water if needed to thin.

  2. Taste, and season with extra salt and pepper if desired. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or use immediately.


  • Calories: 768.30kcal
  • Fat: 36.83g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.52g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 16.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.98g
  • Carbohydrates: 89.34g
  • Fiber: 21.37g
  • Sugar: 18.81g
  • Protein: 29.94g
  • Sodium: 870.37mg
  • Calcium: 180.31mg
  • Potassium: 1610.14mg
  • Iron: 7.78mg
  • Vitamin A: 15.51µg
  • Vitamin C: 80.41mg
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