Hey guys! Today I have a very nice, bright and fresh salad for you that is the perfect base for any protein! It’s full of veggies and has an AMAZING parsley and cilantro dressing that’s whipped up in the blender. The cauliflower base of the salad is created in the blender as well… and let me tell you, I’m loving it!
If sweet potatoes in the microwave isn’t life changing enough, let me introduce you to riced cauliflower! I had half a cauliflower in the fridge waiting to be used up, and I thought I’d do a little something different with it. So I cut it into chunks and tossed it in the blender- yes the blender- and was left with some perfect cauliflower “rice” that makes an amazing base to this salad! I’m really excited to do even more cool stuff with this rice substitute in the future- I stored my extra cauli rice in the freezer for later use. So yes, expect a storm of cauliflower rice recipes coming your way soon:))
In addition to those little grains of cauliflower, this salad has a bunch of other fresh veggies, including cucumber, tomato, chickpeas, and red onion! Definitely getting some nice Mediterranean vibes from this recipe. That red onion adds some extra flavour- onions rock, just so you know. And those chickpeas add a bit of protein so that the whole thing is more filling. This salad is definitely great by itself, but if you’re looking for a more substantial meal you can DEFINITELY top it with a delicious protein of your choice. Some proteins that would be great with this salad are:
- Chicken breast
- Boiled eggs
- Canned tuna
- More beans
Whipping up a big batch of this and preparing some proteins is a great meal-prep option, and also makes for a great quick and easy school lunch!
Let’s talk about the dressing- it’s pretty darn good. Even though it’s really simple, the bright herb flavours really shine through! I used lots of cilantro and parsley, and brought in some lemon juice for that acid. With some olive oil and the addition of garlic and some salt and pepper, the dressing comes together beautifully! Trust me, this is a container of green gold right here.
So so good! This dressing coats all of the salad ingredients and amps up the flavour of all of the veggies.
This recipe is definitely a quick and easy winner- perfect for a quick lunch or dinner, super fresh and healthy, and VERY TASTY. Enjoy!
Cauliflower Rice Salad
For the Salad
-1 1/3 cups riced cauliflower
-1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
-1 tomato, diced
-1/4 of a cucumber, diced
-1/4 of a red onion, diced
For the Dressing
-1/4 cup packed parsley
-1/4 cup packed cilantro
-1/4 cup olive oil
-Juice of 1/2 a lemon
-Salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a blender and set aside.
2. Mix together the salad ingredients in a large bowl, add in the dressing, and toss everything to combine.
3. Serve with a protein of choice.