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Overhead close up shot of a bowl of kale salad with roasted cauliflower, red onion, feta, dried cherries, and walnuts with a large wooden salad spoon in the bowl

Roasted Cauliflower Kale Salad with Dried Cherries, Walnuts, and Feta

This Roasted Cauliflower Kale Salad with Dried Cherries, Walnuts, and Feta is a hearty, super flavorful salad filled with tons of amazing texture. It's a super satisfying vegetarian meal, but it's also a fantastic base for whatever protein you want to add! The roasted cauliflower mixed with all of the other cold, crunchy ingredients is just amazing!

Course Main, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword easy kale salad, hearty kale salad, roasted cauliflower kale salad, vegetarian kale salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1/4 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (I toast mine in a dry skillet for several minutes over medium/low heat)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place cauliflower on the baking sheet. Drizzle with one tablespoon of the olive oil and season with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes until deeply golden and caramelized.

  2. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the dressing. Combine lemon juice, dijon, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and whisk again to combine.

  3. Add kale to a large mixing bowl and add half of the dressing, along with a generous pinch of salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Massage the dressing into the kale for a minute or so until the kale reduces in volume and gets softer.

  4. To assemble the salad, add the roasted cauliflower, red onion, cherries, walnuts and feta to the kale and toss. Add the remaining dressing and toss again. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!