Jan
21

Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds

Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds is healthy and delicious! It is perfect for lunch and is a great way to detox.

Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds - a healthy and delicious meal!

Winter vegetables are my favorite. Kale, cauliflower, beets and broccoli. I could eat them all every day and never get sick of them. With an abundance of fresh kale from my garden, I love enjoying it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love this salad because it combines sautéed cauliflower “rice” with kale, pomegranate, dried apricots, pumpkin seeds and a few simple seasonings.

Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds - a healthy and delicious meal!

This salad is great to make ahead because it is still fresh and crunchy even after a few days. It is also a great detox salad and is the perfect salad for lunch during the week. One of my goals for 2015 is to prep meals ahead of time. So far, I’m really proud of myself. Each Sunday, I spend the afternoon prepping a few meals for the week. It makes life during the week so much easier.

In fact, I am trying to get ahead with other things too. Whether it is meal prep, work or blogging related, I feel so much more relaxed when I get things done ahead of time. I’m one of those people who packs my calendar with more than I should do, and always gets everything done even if it means little time for sleep or relaxing. In addition to getting things done ahead of time, I’m really trying to clear my calendar for more down time. I not only feel like I am able to get more done, but I am able to relax a little too. It’s fabulous.

Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds - a healthy and delicious meal! Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds - a healthy and delicious meal! Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds - a healthy and delicious meal! Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds - a healthy and delicious meal!

Go ahead, grab a big bowl of this salad and dig in! If you want a little more protein, you could also layer the salad with grilled chicken breast.

Yields 3 to 4 servings

Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 heaping cups fresh kale
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower pieces are about the size of rice.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add coconut oil and onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower "rice" to the pan and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl. Add kale, lemon juice, olive oil, pomegranate arils, pumpkin seeds and dried apricots. Toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and Pumpkin Seeds - a healthy and delicious meal!

 

 

56 Comments

  1. Karla - The Candid Kitchen

    Hi Ashley! This salad look great, so colorfull! I have never used kale in a salad, need to try it. It´s great having some healthy recipe ideas 🙂

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    YES! Cauliflower Rice is totally my jam these days. As is pomegranate, seeds and apricots. The sweet and savory combo of this salad is rocking my taste buds girl. Pinned!

  3. Beth

    I think my jaw dropped when you said winter vegetables are your favorite.. and then I remembered you live somewhere warm.. not in the middle of the frozen tundra!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love winter vegetables, too! So great to add into salads. And this one looks perfect, Ashley! I love the cauliflower and pomegranate in here, so creative! Definitely the perfect lunch!

  5. Kelly

    This is such a pretty salad, Ashley! I love winter veggies too – kale and cauliflower are one of my favorites and adding the pomegranate arils, pumpkin seeds and apricots sounds perfect! Yay for getting ahead and having some time to relax too 🙂

  6. heather @french press

    I’ve been prepping meals on Sunday this year too, and it has made a HUGE difference! and I am loving this salad

  7. marcie

    I’ve been eating kale salad all week and I just can’t get tired of it! This salad looks so colorful and delicious, and the chewy apricots are such a nice addition! This is my kind of salad. 🙂

  8. Marissa

    oooh, this looks wonderful Ashley – just the kind of salad that I love!

  9. Melanie | Melanie Makes

    This sounds absolutely amazing, Ashley – love all the fresh flavors you’ve added!

  10. Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze

    This salad almost looks to gorgeous to eat. I did say almost, right! Love all the winter veggies and just looks perfect Ashley. Sounds and looks amazing! 🙂

  11. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    So proud of you for sticking to your goals, Ashely! I really need to get on the ball and start prepping meals on Sundays. I know it would make life so much easier! Great salad!

  12. Zainab

    Ahhhh! This is one delicious looking salad. Just love the crunchy factors!

  13. Sues

    Sooo much deliciousness in one bowl! I’ve been putting kale and pomegranate in basically all my salads and now I want to add cauliflower, too!!

  14. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    So many great flavors here! The earthy cauliflower, the bright lemon and pomegranate notes, and the sweet apricots and crunchy seeds… this sure is a great salad!

  15. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    Oh man. I just drooled on my computer. This is my kind of salad! I’m with you, winter veggies are my fave. I can eat them all day long. This is such a great healthy salad. I can’t wait to try it! Pinned!

  16. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    oh my gawd, you grow your own kale?! that is so awesome!!! and I love this salad!!!

  17. Jolena @TheRubyKitchen

    I love a delicious Kale salad. I like the use of sweetness in this too, especially since kale can be a little bitter at times. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Nutmeg Nanny

    This salad is gorgeous! Love all that healthy winter greens color.

  19. Ashley

    I’ve been trying not to pack my calendar this year too – so far I’m doing really well!! Trying to prioritize down time and sleep! And this salad looks absolutely fantastic lady!

  20. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This salad is definitely one I will be making as I often make power kale salads like this for dinner. Can’t say that I use cauliflower that often though but I definitely am inspired to now.

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  22. Emily

    This looks delicious! I’m planning on making this tonight but was wondering how exactly you make it ahead. Will it stay for a few days all assembled or should I keep the cauliflower separate? Thanks!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Emily! You can prep it ahead of time however you want. I make the entire salad and store it in the fridge in a sealed container and it stays fresh and crunchy for me for at least 2-3 days. The cauliflower isn’t cooked very long so it stays crunchy. Sometimes, I wait and add the apricots at the last minute. I hope you love it!

  23. Beverly

    I love kale and this looks so good. Definitely going to make this.
    Thanks,
    Bev

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  25. Larysssa

    I like that you included some examples of winter vegetables…very informative. This would make a delicious salad for lunch!

  26. jenny

    thanks for posting to Oh My Heartsie Girl WW!

    Jenny

  27. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Ashley, this is just beautiful- I love the flavor combinations that you used! Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- I have chosen it as one of my features this week. Rachael’s doing a great job! 🙂

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  30. Cydnee

    i am loving this salad with my favorite ingredients. Delicious! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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  39. Amy @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

    Love the combo of kale, dried apricots and pomegranate! Stopping by from BOTW! Congrats on the feature!

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