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Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This super HEALTHY creamy Curry Cauliflower Quinoa Salad is what I'm making for dinner! | full recipe on simplyquinoa.com

A few weeks ago, I went out to dinner with Matt and a few friends to this cute taco place in the West Village called Empellon.

If you’ve been to New York and eaten in the West Village before, then I’m sure you can imagine what this restaurant is like – small and quaint, filled with people, fun decor, low lighting and gorgeous food. I was a little worried about the menu before we went because I wasn’t sure how many vegetable options they would have – they are known for the tasty meat tacos. But I was pleasantly surprised.

There was four of us for dinner and we didn’t end up getting seated until around 9:15 (which is wayyy too late for me <– I’m a grandma 👵🏼), and while I was right that the taco options were limited when it came to veggies, they had the most incredible side dishes.

An amazing CREAMY cauliflower quinoa salad with a curry-tahini dressing | recipe on simplyquinoa.com | gluten-free + vegan

We ordered a few, along with chips + guac, but my favorite by far was the cauliflower dish. It was roasted cauliflower, with a creamy almond sauce and studded with crunchy slivered almonds. Seriously to die for. I could have eaten an entire plate of that salad and been content.

I’ve been dreaming of it ever since.

Curry Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with a creamy tahini dressing, almonds + scallions | gluten-free + vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

Soo… I set off to make my own.

My first test run used almond butter and some Mexican spices. While delicious, it was not quite as satisfying as I wanted it to be. So instead, I moved in a new flavor direction, while still keeping that creaminess in tact.

Tahini. Curry spices. Lemon juice. Garlic. All you need to make the most deliciously dressing.

One of the best quinoa salads I've ever had -- Curry Cauliflower + Quinoa Salad from simplyquinoa.com | gluten-free + vegan

And this curried cauliflower quinoa salad? It's 💣💣

For starters we have the roasted cauliflower which is slightly charred and smoky. Then there’s the quinoa, soft and fluffy, and soaking up all the flavors of the sauce. To finish, there are sliced almonds and freshly chopped scallions – the almonds for crunch and the scallions to add more bite to the dish (along with a little green).

Everything is rounded out with that dreamy curry-tahini sauce. Seriously tasty, friends.

We even took the salad with us on a family picnic while I was visiting my parents in Vermont. Everyone (including my brother who has taken 4+ years to come around to quinoa) loved it. It’s simple, easy and full of so much flavor.

(here’s a family pic…hello holiday card 2015 🎄🎄 aren't they the cutest?)

Rimmer Family Picture from the Bonnie Raitt concert in Burlington, VT

Curry Cauliflower + Quinoa Salad -- a quick and healthy side dish with a dreamy tahini-curry dressing | recipe from simplyquinoa.com | gluten-free + vegan

Hop on the curry train with me and let's get our salad on!

xo Alyssa

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Curry Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with a creamy tahini dressing, almonds + scallions | gluten-free + vegan | recipe on simplyquinoa.com
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Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad

It’s simple, easy and full of so much flavor.

Course Salad
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword cauliflower
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 330 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

for the salad:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup sliced / slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
  • Salt + pepper to taste

for the dressing:

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets, starting by removing the stem, then breaking the head into larger pieces. Add florets to a bowl, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast for 20 - 30 minutes until starting to brown, stirring every 10 minutes.
  3. While cauliflower is cooking, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper accordingly. Set aside.
  4. When cauliflower is done roasting, let rest on the pan until cool enough to touch. Transfer back to the mixing bowl and add remaining salad ingredients.
  5. Pour dressing over salad and mix until fully combined. Season with a touch more salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Serve immediately, or chill in fridge for 30 minutes and serve cold.
Nutrition Facts
Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Potassium 413mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 8.8%
Iron 16.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Other curry recipes to try:

Healthy Curry Recipes from simplyquinoa.com

Curry Chicken Salad with Quinoa (Simply Quinoa)
Easy Channa Dal (Simply Quinoa)
Paleo Curry Broccoli Salad (Food Faith Fitness)
Curry Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli + Cashews (86lemons)

 

Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad -- a quick and healthy side dish with a dreamy tahini-curry dressing | recipe from simplyquinoa.com | gluten-free + vegan

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