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Roast Chickpea Cauliflower Bowl with Preserved Lemon and Mint

This roast chickpea and cauliflower bowl with preserved lemon and mint is a super simple vegan salad packed with wonderful flavours.
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword chickpea and cauliflower salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 small bowls
Calories 414kcal


  • 225 grams dried chickpeas soaked in water overnight.
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 small to medium cauliflower cut in to florets and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup mint finely chopped
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • 2 pieces of preserved lemon approximate .25 lemon
  • ¼ cup / 60ml lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or to taste)
  • cup / 80ml good quality olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp rapadura or coconut sugar or any unprocessed sugar
  • a good pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sumac


  • Rinse and check the dried chickpeas, discarding any discoloured ones, and soak them overnight with 2 tsp baking soda.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas before putting them in a pot covered with water two inches higher than the chickpeas.
  • Add a good pinch of salt and bring the water to the boil before reducing the heat to a simmer and cooking for around 1.25 hours. Test the chickpeas, they should be soft enough to eat but still have bite. 
  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
  • Drain the cooked chickpeas and pat with an absorbent towel to remove some water. 
  • Combine the chickpeas and the chopped cauliflower in a large roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and season well with sea salt. 
  • Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the cauliflower is beginning to caramelise. Remove from the oven.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic, sugar, ground cumin, sumac and sea salt. Continue whisking while adding the olive oil in a stream. 
  • Finely chop one piece of preserved lemon and add to the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. 
  • Combine the roast chickpeas, cauliflower, onion and mint in a large bowl. Before serving, dress with the vinaigrette. Finely chop the other piece of preserved lemon and sprinkle over the top to serve. 


You can use canned chickpeas for this recipe but you will need to drain and dry well before roasting. 


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 4mg