Cauliflower Couscous Salad – an Ageless Diet™ Recipe

This is 100% gluten-free and 100% delicious. It’s a bit of preparation, just a series of steps, but it’s worth it. And, you can prepare the cauliflower earlier in the week and assemble the salad the night of, so it tastes fresh. I use canned chickpeas, but if you want to soak dried chickpeas and cook them, please do. They’ll taste even better. 

Cauliflower Couscous Salad with Chickpeas
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
For the chickpeas
  1. 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry (or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  3. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  4. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the dressing
  1. 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  2. 2 teaspoons dijon style mustard
  3. 1 clove of garlic, minced
  4. 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  5. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
For the salad
  1. 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  2. 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  3. 1/2 red onion, diced
  4. 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  5. 1 cucumber, finely chopped
  6. 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  7. 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  8. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  9. Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a bowl, combine the chickpeas with spices and oil. Lay them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven until slightly browned and crisp, about 35 to 40 minutes. Toss chickpeas halfway through cooking time.
  2. To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice, mustard, garlic and salt in a bowl. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking continuously. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Set aside.
  3. Place the cauliflower florets in the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower reaches a fine, crumbled consistency. Be careful not to over process; you don't want to puree the cauliflower at all.
  4. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl and combine with the cherry tomatoes, onion, olives, cucumber, parsley, pumpkin seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes. Toss well. Slowly drizzle with dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper. Once seasoned add roasted chickpeas and serve.
Adapted from Andrea Bemis
Adapted from Andrea Bemis

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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.

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