cauliflower salad

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That’s what summer is all about, isn’t it?

There’s nothing complicated about it. Unless your a kid in a camp that you don’t like- then it ain’t simple. (Been there-done that! Thanks Ma.)

But for everyone else, we’re all looking for simplicity, especially as the temps rise and we enter into August.

To me, it’s all about keeping things (especially my food) as simple as possible.

Simple days.

Simple ingredients.

Simple salads.

Simple. Simple. Simple.

cauliflower salad

So, in the theme of keeping things simple, I’m sharing with you a salad that’s easy to whip up in your kitchen and can be made anytime of the year- but for some reason- the harissa sauce and cauliflower combo reminds me of summer. I’m not sure why. But it does. It may remind you of winter, and heck, if it does, flag this recipe for December and eat it then.

But for me, it’s time to dig into this baby when the temps rise.

This salad is a mix of naturally sweet flavors (hello juicy pear and fresh figs AND sweet Jersey tomatoes—that look like watermelon in these pictures) and spicy/savory flavors (harissa sauce—here is my favorite brand, cauliflower, green bell pepper and onions). It’s a summertime party in your mouth; you’ve never had a combo like this. Trust me, folks.

I know we all don’t like kicking up our ovens when it’s hot outside but this is only for a little bit and my secret is that if you roast the cauliflower on a Sunday night, when it’s cooler outside, then you can store the roasted cauliflower in the fridge all week long in a sealed container. Easy peasy. And simple, of course.

So, without further ado, dive in and enjoy!


cauliflower salad


cauliflower salad

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Simple Summer Cauliflower & Swiss Chard Salad {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo}
Serves: 4
cauliflower salad
Free of gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs. Vegan, Paleo.
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with the oil. Then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Use your hands to coat each floret to ensure each floret is coated with oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes or until golden brown,
  2. Meanwhile, combine the salad greens, Swiss chard, tomato, pear, figs, bell pepper, red onion and parsley in a large bowl. Add the roasted cauliflower and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the harissa sauce. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. If desired, add a splash of oil, depending on how thin your brand of harrisa sauce is. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Garnish with lemon zest and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Summer Cauliflower & Swiss Chard Salad {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 274mg12%
Potassium 635mg18%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 5805IU116%
Vitamin C 70mg85%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. 5 stars
    I love your passion about eating clean – I myself reevaluated my entire eating lifestyle a few years ago due to a health condition and after learning everything I have about clean eating, I don’t think I could go back if I wanted to!! This salad looks so incredibly delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try myself!! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your recipes!
    xoxo -Amber

  2. Gosh, this looks awesome! Fresh figs are such a treat, too. I love the way all the different types of summer produce go so well together in a salad. Great recipe! 😊