Mediterranean Roasted Cauliflower Salad is the perfect keto side dish complimenting any main entree or serving as a vegetarian main dish!
Although I'm an full blooded Italian I crave, like nobodies business, Mediterranean foods. 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 herbs 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!
Now that I'm on a low carb diet, I love using 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!
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 veggies are undeniably delicious.Obviously you can eliminate the feta cheese if your dairy free.
No meat is needed in this lovely dish because it's perfect as it is. It's a fantastic side to bring to a potluck or serve at a summer BBQ party. Make it ahead 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 olive oil and seasonings in an oven are one of my families most favorite ways to enjoy all kinds of vegetables. I know you might be tempted to skip the roasting step, but please trust me on this, you shouldn't skip it.
BUT I will say it one more time, YOU MUST NOT LEAVE OUT THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP for this salad.The cauliflower NEEDS to roast. The flavor of roasted cauliflower is beyond amazing and so much tastier than adding it raw in this salad. Enjoy!
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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
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 lemon zested
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 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.