Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with apples and raisins

Side Dishes

Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with apples and raisins

The Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad might not be a classic party side dish, but it’s divine. Rich curry flavor, with bursts of fresh apple and golden raisins, is so addicting. Bring this side to your next summer cookout and give your friends a pleasant surprise!


8 cups

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Test Kitchen Tips

Steaming the cauliflower is key to this recipe. It not only softens the cauliflower flavor, it also helps it absorb the curry flavor so it becomes more pronounced.

Keep salad in the refrigerator (below 40°F) until the very last moment. The longer a salad sits out at room temperature, the more time bacteria has to grow. And make sure to never leave anything out longer than 2 hours (or 1 hour if the temperature is over 90°F). If serving the salad outside, place your salad on top of another bowl filled with ice to help keep it chilled.


Place cauliflower florets in a microwave-safe bowl with about ½-inch of water.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap; microwave on high until florets are just tender, 35 minutes. Drain cauliflower; let cool slightly.

Add chickpeas, apples, raisins, and cilantro to cauliflower.

Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, curry powder, garlic salt, cumin, and chili powder; stir into cauliflower mixture until combined. Top salad with pine nuts before serving; serve immediately or chill.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per cup

Calories: 329

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 22g 33%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Cholesterol 8mg 2%

Sodium 518mg 21%

Carbs 30g 10%

Protein 7g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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