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Roasted Cauliflower and Arugula Salad with Sumac Dressing

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 as a main course, 6 as a side dish

Pair this delicious salad with some toasted flatbread as a vegetarian main course or serve it as a side dish with grilled lamb chops, roast chicken, or seared salmon.


  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 2-1/4 lb.), trimmed and cut into 1-inch florets (about 8 cups)
  • 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. sumac
  • 1 14.5-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 5 oz. (5 cups) baby arugula
  • 3 oz. crumbled feta (1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 350
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 190
  • Fat (g): 21
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 15
  • Sodium (mg): 560
  • Carbohydrates (g): 33
  • Fiber (g): 8
  • Protein (g): 11


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 450°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Toss the cauliflower with 2 Tbs. of the oil, the cumin, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper on the baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Roast until browned on the edges, stirring once halfway through cooking, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the lemon juice, garlic, sumac, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Slowly whisk in the remaining 3 Tbs. oil. Add the cauliflower, chickpeas, arugula, feta, currants, and pine nuts and toss to combine.


Often used as a substitute for lemon juice in recipes that don’t need or want the additional acid, sumac is delicious on fish, chicken, fruit, and meat. Because of its growing popularity, it is becoming more available; look for it in specialty food stores and even some well-stocked supermarkets.


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Reviews (12 reviews)

  • kimwylie46 | 12/17/2019

    Yummy, easy to make and roundly praised!

  • daniellaS | 07/12/2019

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  • daniellaS | 07/12/2019

    This salad was fantastic!!! Really fresh and satisfying. It's a great veggie meal on its own or a great side. Will be making this again and again.

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