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Friday 1st May 2009

Chilli Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Salad

Chilli Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Salad

I love cauliflower, I always have.
My mother would pretty much always serve it with a parsley Béchamel or cheesy sauce and it was something I really looked forward to, as most other vegetables were boiled and plainly served with no added interest at all.

I’ve since concluded with age, that the vegetables we now enjoy as adults are ones we generally didn’t have as kids, or those few and far between ones which mother didn’t murder in a pot of boiling water for hours on end.
I can’t stand boiled silverbeet (swiss chard) nor brusselsprouts for that very reason, yet my favourite green vegetable of all is broccoli, simply because we rarely had it when I was growing up. My parents certainly didn’t grow it, maybe it wasn’t commonly available in New Zealand back then? I’m not sure.
I like my vegetables to have a bit of crunch left in them too, or if they’re going to be served mushy, then I’m at least sure to mash and purée them properly, smooth with no lumps or stringy fibre bits left.

I sometimes wonder what vegetables my children will reject (if any?) when they are older and making their own choices. At the moment my eldest adores all her vegetables (bless her!) and the other… (hmm!) well she certainly loves her fruit at least.

Chilli Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Salad

Since I’ve discovered Roasted Cauliflower, I love it all the more.
What’s not to love about any roasted or baked vegetable?!

In this form they’re often quick to prepare, retain more of their natural goodness and many vegetables, especially root vegetables can be baked in their skins, which is super being where most of the valuable nutrients and fibre is found. The skins also crisp up nicely (with & without added oil or fats!) which is the bit I personally enjoy.

Roasted Cauliflower makes a great addition or topping for soups, a healthier, lower carbohydrate, lower GI alternative to bread, dumplings, croutons or rice when served with curries, dahl and stews.

Funnily I also love it just like the hot salad I’ve pictured her; Pepped up with some Spicy Chilli, Olives and Salty Feta…Mmm!

Chilli Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Salad

  • Chilli Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Salad
  • 1 medium to large cauliflower, florets broken into bite sized pieces
  • 1 to 2 red fresh chillies, I used our own cayenne but choose whatever heat you prefer, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • handful of marinated black olives, I used Kalamata
  • 150 grams of Feta, diced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C
  2. Place the bite sized cauliflower pieces in a single layer of an oven-proof roasting pan or baking dish and toss through 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  3. Bake the cauliflower for 10 to 15 minutes until the florets are starting to colour and almost fork tender.
  4. Stir through the finely chopped chillies, garlic, olives, feta cubes and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Before serving drizzle with a little more olive oil and season with plenty of salt and pepper to taste.
  6. I prefer to serve the salad hot or at least to room temperature either on it’s own, with crusty bread or as side dish with grilled meats.
  7. Serves 4



  1. How synchronicitous! I just roasted cauliflower today and ended up eating it straight out of the pan. :-) Well now I will try it again in this lovely salad. Yum!

  2. I totally agree it’s delicious straight out of the pan, thank you!
  3. LunaCafe — Saturday 2nd May 2009 12:08 am

  4. Good conclusion Bron. My son will eat his veggies, but with the daughter, it’s a constant battle! She too loves her fruit. I think the equation changes as they grow up. I don’t ever remember eating cawliflower as a child, but I enjoy it now, more with a crunch to it…better like your salad that’s taken the humble flower to a new level.In winter we are so flooded with them, that they are avaiable at Rs 5 a kilo (that’s about 1/10 of a US $), & a kilo is a LOT!!

  5. Thank you for your sweet comment Deeba, we have an abundance of cauliflower here to going into Winter
  6. deeba — Saturday 2nd May 2009 1:13 am

  7. I *adore* cauliflower…as well as all of the other ingredients in this salad! Will have to make this recipe! Thanks, Bron :)

  8. Thank you Tami, I love them all too! I made it again last night with an addition of Chorizo sausage as I was low on Feta, doubly delicious!
  9. tami — Saturday 2nd May 2009 8:02 am

  10. Just tried this out today, and it is all things glorious. Great combination of flavors. I may need to eat the whole batch!

  11. Hi Tiffany, your comment made my day, thank you so so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed it, thanks again.
  12. Tiffany — Saturday 2nd May 2009 2:10 pm

  13. Your recipe looks gorgeous. I could eat that for dinner with a hunk of bread & I’d be good to go! My little one eats some pretty unusual things for a kid like asparagus and artichokes, but I’m still working on the majority of the others. Maybe roasting would help?

  14. Thank you Lori, yes asparagus is quite strange for kids to like, mine certainly won’t touch it. I do think roasting is a great way to introduce new foods.
  15. Lori @ RecipeGirl — Saturday 2nd May 2009 3:13 pm

  16. I love cauliflower, we all do. we have it at least once a week. What a wonderful combination u have done here!! My 2 girls love their veggies…

  17. Thank you Soma, I’m sure your girls love everything that comes from your delicious kitchen, mmm yum
  18. Soma — Saturday 2nd May 2009 4:01 pm

  19. I agree that roasting vegetables brings their natural flavour and sweetness out.
    I have never had roasted cauliflower, I had roasted broccoli and I love it.
    I’m going to try this soon. I actually had cauliflower today with “Béchamel” like my mother used to make (I added some curry as my personal touch).

  20. Hi Pia,
    adding curry to Béchamel sounds like a wonderful idea, all kinds of curry flavours work well with Cauliflower,
    thank you so much for your lovely comment
  21. Pia — Sunday 3rd May 2009 7:12 am

  22. Hi Bron, have discovered your beautiful blog just recently. Last night I made this salad and oh my gosh it was just the bomb! Love the chorizo idea too….

    belisama — Monday 4th May 2009 6:52 pm

  23. This is definitely something I’d like to eat. :) And your photograph of it is absolutely beautiful…tantalizing and inviting.

    Murasaki Shikibu — Tuesday 5th May 2009 6:23 am

  24. Oh - so many of my favourite things in one dish! Roasted cauliflower was a real revelation the first time I tried it, and I love the idea of adding feta.

    Jeanne — Thursday 7th May 2009 12:19 pm

  25. Roasted cauliflower is so good and it sounds like it would go really well in this salad!

    Kevin — Sunday 31st May 2009 5:55 am

  26. what a great idea to combine chillies w/caulifl and olives!

    Jaden — Thursday 17th September 2009 2:04 am

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