This easy Mediterranean Roasted Cauliflower Salad is the perfect keto side dish complementing any main entree or serving as a vegetarian Mediterranean dish full of low carb vegetables and gluten free too!
Keto Cauliflower Salads
Although I'm an full blooded Italian I crave, like nobodies business, Mediterranean flavors. Not surprisingly as they are pretty similar.
I never grew up eating black olives, it was always green with pimentos, Greek or Kalamata. We always had red onion, fresh tomatoes and of course fresh parsley in our house and in our meals at least a few times a week.
Everything, and I mean most everything, was topped with olive oil. My mom rarely made much with butter, except every lazy Sunday night like clock work she would make me and my three brothers the best grilled cheese sandwiches in all the land!
It's a great option for those on a keto diet with just 6 g net carbs.
Now that I'm on a low carb diet, I love using raw cauliflower in unique ways, hence the creation of this salad. While most cauliflower salad recipes are more of a mock potato salad style, this one has that European flare!
Mediterranean Salad Recipe
A squirt of lemon was always added to our typical fish dinners on Friday nights. As a child I could never quite understand why my dad was so in love with adding lemon.
But then I grew up and I realized how much lemon makes such a difference in any meal!
I never grew up eating feta cheese either, but the flavors when mixed with fresh roasted vegetables are undeniably delicious in this Mediterranean cauliflower salad. Obviously you can eliminate the feta cheese if your dairy free.
Keto Potluck and BBQs
No meat is needed in this lovely dish with so much flavor, it's perfect as it is. It's a fantastic healthy option side dish to bring to a potluck or serve at a summer BBQ party.
Make the lemon dressing ahead with fresh herbs and the flavors will be even better the next day! If you're not a fan of cauliflower you could even swap it with roasted broccoli or even green beans or Brussels.
It's very versatile and everyone, even the non low carb crowd will devour this lovely cauliflower salad. Other potluck salads you might like; Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad, Spring Roll Salad, Cucumber Dill Salad, and Summer Confetti Cauliflower Salad.
If you're not a fan of red onion of course you can leave it out. If you prefer different olives or another veggie please adapt as you think your family would enjoy.
Roasting all veggies with some good quality extra virgin olive oil and seasonings is how this low carb recipe gets amazing flavors!
It's one of my families most favorite ways to enjoy all kinds of vegetables when I roast them. I know you might be tempted to skip the roasting step, but please trust me on this, you shouldn't skip it because cooked cauliflower that's been roasted is so much better than raw.
I will say it again, one more time, YOU MUST NOT LEAVE OUT THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP for this salad. The large florets NEED to roast.
The flavor of roasted cauliflower is beyond amazing and so much tastier than adding it raw in this salad. While you're at it, you could make this a double batch and freeze in individual portions for an easy way to meal plan ahead!
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Easy Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad
Mediterranean Roasted Cauliflower Salad
- 4 cups cauliflower florets
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
- ¼ cup red onion sliced
- ¼ cup kalamata olives
- 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
- ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Lay cauliflower florets on a baking sheet.
- Toss with 3 tablespoon oil and stir to coat well.
- Bake 45 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl add the cooled cauliflower, tomatoes, onion, olives, feta and basil.
- Whisk the dressing ingredients together in another bowl.
- Toss the dressing over the cauliflower salad and mix well.
- Serve immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to serve.