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Golden Cauliflower Bowls with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

Golden Cauliflower Bowls with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette
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Cauliflower and chickpeas are seasoned and roasted with warm spices and lemon zest in these meal-prep-friendly, high-protein, vegan dinner (or lunch!) bowls. Served with fresh baby spinach, quinoa, and a bright lemon parsley vinaigrette, you’ve never met a more satisfying or crave-worthy plant-based bowl.

Golden Cauliflower Bowls with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

Serves 4


  • 1 medium cauliflower (2.5 – 3 lb)
  • 14.5 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • Zest from 1 lemon (1 packed teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Quinoa
  • Fresh Baby Spinach

For the Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

  • 1 packed cup parsley leaves and stems
  • Juice from 1 lemon (3-4 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Trim cauliflower and cut into small florets. Transfer to sheet pan and toss with chickpeas.
  3. In a small dish, combine lemon zest, turmeric, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. Pour over cauliflower and chickpeas and using your hands, toss everything together until well-coated.
  4. Transfer pan to hot oven for 30 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender. While they’re still hot, check to see if the cauliflower/chickpeas need more salt, and salt to taste, tossing well.
  5. While the cauliflower roasts, cook a batch of quinoa and prepare the vinaigrette.
  6. To make the vinaigrette, combine parsley leaves, lemon juice, water and garlic through olive oil in a blender (or food processor) and blend
  7. To serve, layer fresh spinach leaves, cooked quinoa and cauliflower/chickpeas in a wide, shallow bowl. Top with vinaigrette.

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Golden Cauliflower Bowls with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

Golden Cauliflower Bowls with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

Carolyn Hodges

By Carolyn Hodges

Carolyn is a mom of boys and culinary dietitian in Cleveland, Ohio. The Dinner Shift is dedicated to helping busy moms get dinner on the table after the weekday grind, however that is defined for you and yours.

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  1. Hi ! I just made this. This recipe is quick and easy to make and it’s healthy too ! Very low carb !!. Thank you for the post

    1. We’re so glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe, Lauren! Thanks for sharing your feedback with us!

  2. I made this for dinner tonight, as written. Delicious! I was surprised how tasty the vinaigrette was for being so simple.

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