Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Garlic Yoghurt Dressing

roasted cauliflower salad
roasted cauliflower with garlic yoghurt dressing

Roasted cauliflower salad with garlic yoghurt dressing is a great salad for winter or summer. Cauliflower florets covered with spices and roasted till they start to caramelise which adds great flavour to this hefty salad. Loaded with fresh coriander, mint, parsley, almonds and chickpeas this salad is filling and satisfying. Topped off with a fresh and zingy lime, garlic and yoghurt dressing. What’s not to like?

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Don’t skip roasting your spices

Dry roasting spices is used by many cultures around the world to intensify the flavour of the spice. Roast over a medium heat in a frying pan on the hotplate by continually stirring or shaking the pan until the spices start to become a little darker and you smell the aroma of the roasting spices.

Grinding your spices

By grinding you release the oils and evenly distribute the spices. We like to use a coffee grinder that is only used for spices, as it’s the perfect size to grind small batches of spices that the home kitchen uses. Mortar and pestle is the traditional method to grind spices. Either way works beautifully.

cauliflower florets baked until golden on a black baking sheet for Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Garlic Yoghurt Dressing
bake until there are parts that are charred
marble table with a silver bowl that has yogurt lime zest and juice added with garlic on the side for Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Garlic Yoghurt Dressing
making garlic yogurt dressing
blue plate on a timber background with yogurt spread in a circle in the middle
give the platter a good coating of garlic yogurt dressing
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Garlic Yoghurt Dressing
roasted cauliflower salad with garlic yoghurt dressing ready to serve

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roasted cauliflower salad
Yield: 4-6 serves

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This salad is perfect for summer or winter. Cauliflower florets covered with spices and roasted till caramelised. A thick creamy yoghurt, lime and garlic dressing, loads of fresh herbs and a sprinkling of toasted almonds and you are good to go. Enjoy!



  • 1/4 cup flaked almonds
  • 650 g (1 1/2 pounds) cauliflower florets (about half a medium cauliflower)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup dried chickpeas soaked and cooked or 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 1 cup loosely packed coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup  each of loosely packed mint leaves and flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • lime wedges to serve

spice mixture 

  • 1/2 teaspoon each of fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric

Yoghurt dressing

  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • finely grated rind of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime or to taste


spice mixture

  • dry roast in a small pan the fennel, coriander, cumin, peppercorns and cloves until fragrant over medium - high heat
  • cool spices then grind in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder
  • add turmeric to roasted spices and mix together


  • cook or drain chickpeas
  • toast off almonds till golden in a dry frypan
  • preheat oven to 250 c (480 f) bake
  • cut cauliflower into even sized florets and place in a bowl
  • add oil and spices to cauliflower and mix to coat with the spices
  • scatter pieces on a baking tray and roast until cauliflower is golden and tender and starting to char on the edges (about 20 minutes)

yoghurt dressing

  • combine all ingredients and mix together and season to taste


  • spoon half the yoghurt dressing onto a serving plate
  • top with cauliflower, chickpeas and herbs 
  • dollop yoghurt dressing around the salad
  • sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • season with lime wedges to taste
  • serve and enjoy!


  • when roasting spices keep stirring or shaking the pan to prevent burning
  • as turmeric stains, wear gloves when mixing with the cauliflower

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

The drought continues to bite

It’s the day before Christmas 2019 and Australia is in the grip of a devastating drought.

Jo and I are fortunate enough to live in a high rainfall area, over a metre per year……. yet looking at the photos below it’s hard to believe.

We are the lucky ones. Our livelihoods are not affected at this point, nor do we have to watch as the stock die in the paddock. Country towns are dying as shops close and people move away and depression and mental health problems soar. We can only hope for everyones sake that 2020 is a better year for all. Peace and goodwill wishes for all. Jo and Jen

Early February 2019
November 2019
Green rolling hills
January 2019
December 2019

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  1. Avatar Tracey bobbermien says:

    I made this for my vegetarian girlfriend today and it was amazing!!
    I’ll definitely be making this again.

    1. Avatar Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Tracey, vegetarian or meat lover this salad is a great all rounder, so glad you and your girlfriend enjoyed it. Jo and Jen

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