This vegan detoxifying Greek salad with kale & cauliflower feta packs some major nutritional oomph. Chopped dino kale, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, and pine nuts are tossed in a tangy vinaigrette and topped with "feta" cheese. The "feta" is made by grating cauliflower and marinating it in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. The result lends a salty-tangy flavor that is comparable to feta cheese yet light and detoxifying.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Dan and I were in Shenandoah Valley for an absolutely love-filled wedding for our friends, so we had quite the weekend of fun and travel.
We are still in the midst of the kitchen repairs I mentioned in this post last week, but I've welcomed a more positive, go-with-the-flow attitude. We'll likely have a half-functional kitchen for a few more weeks, but there's no sense fretting about something that is almost completely out of my control.
Plus, there's something slightly entertaining about having two huge cabinets sitting in the middle of your living room. I even found Jack, our orange tabby cat/dog (he's seriously more like a dog than a cat), curled up in the drawer that's reserved for my photo prop napkins. Nothing an extra load of laundry can't take care of and totally worth it for the cuteness factor.
Fortunately, the most important corner of our kitchen (i.e., the part that houses our sink, oven, stove, and refrigerator) is fully functional, so I can still cook or chop my way to healthy, energizing meals like this Detoxifying Greek Salad with Kale & Cauliflower "Feta".
Simple salads are often lackluster and a bit boring. However, this salad boasts both simplicity and flavor, not to mention major crunch appeal.
Chopped dino kale, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, and pine nuts are tossed in a tangy vinaigrette and topped with "feta" cheese. The "feta" is made by grating cauliflower and marinating it in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. The result lends a salty-tangy flavor that is comparable to feta cheese yet light and detoxifying.
Unlike a traditional Greek Salad, this one can be tossed in dressing and saved for later because kale is such a sturdy, durable green.
I tossed everything together around 6am one morning last week and enjoyed the salad for lunch at work nearly six hours later, and it still packed a crunchy bite. Plus, as I've mentioned before, a little marinating does a bed of dark leafy greens good as they gently wilt and soak up lots of flavor. That being said, this salad is equally delicious enjoyed immediately after making. Energizing, detoxifying, and packed with flavorful, healthy goodness.
Detoxifying Greek Salad with Kale & Cauliflower "Feta"
- ⅓ head of cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 bunch lacinto or dino kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced and quartered
- ⅓ cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 recipe Simple Greek Dressing (see below)
- Grate the cauliflower using a hand grater or a food processor. Transfer the grated cauliflower to a bowl. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt. Pour the mixture over the cauliflower and toss to coat. Refrigerate and allow the cauliflower marinate for at least 10 minutes.
- Add the kale, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, and pine nuts to a large bowl. Pour the dressing (see recipe below) over top, toss to coat, and divide the salad between two serving bowls.
- Sprinkle the cauliflower "feta" over top and serve.
Simple Greek Dressing
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender.
- Blend on high for 1 minute, or until emulsified.
Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent says
Cauliflower feta?! That's brilliant! I've tried tofu feta before and was disappointed. I'm so excited to try it with cauliflower! :)
Thanks, Meredith! I hope you enjoy this variation more than tofu feta! It won't be as similar as tofu would in terms of texture, but I like the tangy, salty flavor it adds while keeping the salad light and detoxifying!
Tracey @ A Taste of Trace says
Cauliflower feta is such a unique idea! I love Mediterranean flavours & this salad sounds so delicious!
Well thanks, Tracey! Although it's obviously not as rich as the real deal, the cauliflower feta adds a nice tang and zip to the overall flavor of the salad. I hope you have the chance to make it!
celeste jackson says
Oh this looks so good and flavorful. Can't wait to make it.
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it :)
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
I love making greek salads so this recipe is ideal for me. I have never thought to add kale or 'cauliflower feta' to my greek salads before, you have definitely inspired me to try the recipe!
I'm so glad you're feeling inspired by this recipe, Thalia! I like that the lacinto kale is a bit softer and more romaine-like than curly kale, so it's a small shift in taste/texture but a big bump up in nutrients and detox properties from a typical Greek salad. I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Meggan | Culinary Hill says
Your salad is so colorful and beautiful! The cauliflower feta cheese is so clever yet simple, I can't wait to try it! Great recipe! Pinned x 9!
Thank you, Meggan! I so appreciate your kind words and multiple pinnings! I hope you enjoy it :)
[email protected] says
Ohhh this looks so so good and that cauliflower feta!! Genius!
This salad looks incredible! Extra feta cheese please, and I love how you added pine nuts, I love those and I don't see others using them in recipes too often! :)
Pine nuts make my heart beat a bit faster; I often forget about them and then become re-obsessed and put them on everything. Thanks for commenting, Karen!