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Mediterranean Cauliflower Kale Salad

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This bright, refreshing Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad with kale, oranges and crispy chickpeas is the perfect antidote to a dreary winter day. It's packed with color, nutrients and easy-to-make cauliflower rice!



Cauliflower Rice:

  • 4 cups of riced cauliflower(about 1/2 of a large head of cauliflower)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely diced shallot
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced 
  • 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground pepper


  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, chopped finely 
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 ½ cup diced cucumber
  • 2 oranges, supreme cut* and sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup crispy chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2-1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp agave or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Ground pepper to taste


Cauliflower Rice:

  1. Add 1/2 a head of large cauliflower to a food processor and pulse a few times, until the cauliflower resembles grains of rice. Don’t over-blend it or it will become too mushy.   
  2. Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring a few times.  Add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add riced cauliflower, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring several times, for about 7-8 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool in a bowl while you prepare the remaining salad ingredients.


  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. 
  2. Prepare salad ingredients and add everything to a large bowl. Toss with dressing and cauliflower rice. Top with more crispy chickpeas. Enjoy!


You can also purchase pre-riced cauliflower at most grocery stores. 

*Check out this video to see how to supreme an orange.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: cauliflower rice salad

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