Roasted Cauliflower, Golden Raisin and Candied Almond Salad with Harissa Dressing


No one tells you that throwing a surprise party requires lots and lots of lying. Which would be totally fine except that when I lie I get an awkward smile on my face and can’t wipe it clean to save my life. Basically, whenever I’m super uncomfortable I smile or laugh. Like, for instance, when I’m at the lady doctor…there’s lot of uncomfortable laughing with almost tears running down my face. I’m melodramatic. I’m embarrassing. Also, apologies for the overshare! So yes, if you ever meet me and I’m smiling awkwardly as I speak to you, it’s either because I’m super stoked to be meeting you OR I’m extremely uncomfortable. Just go with the former.

This past weekend I was a total lunatic and consumed about five snow cones, three tacos, two waters, three Mexican cokes (maybe four), a fried chicken-skin egg sandwich and a few red vines, just for fun.

I feel like my body needs a break and my energy needs a boost.

I’m being super LA on Thursday and starting a cleanse. I’m not ready. I like food. I love food, rather.

Instead of going totally cold-turkey, I’m being kinder to my body and doing it gradually.

I’m grooving into it…starting with this salad.

If I’m going to eat healthy, I like it spicy.

I feel like I’ve been promising something healthy for a few weeks now, but just kept giving you fried chicken and waffles.

I love eating indulgent, crazy and fun food, but sometimes I need to eat something that will make me feel good about myself, you know?

This salad is it. It’s fun, spicy, sweet and filling.

The cauliflower is roasted and then tossed with a light harissa dressing. The golden raisins are quick-pickled to add a bit of sweetness and tartness to the salad. The slivered almonds candied in honey and salt give a nice crunch along with a bit of sweet. And the mint, oh the mint! So dreamy and refreshing.

This salad is a salad. Yes, it is, but it’s also one of those salads that can double as a main dish and rise to the occasion. I ate a big bowl of this at room temperature and called it lunch. No egg, no meat, no addition. Just a big ol’ bowl of cauliflower!

Roasted Cauliflower, Golden Raisin and Candied Almond Salad with Harissa Dressing

5 from 1 vote



  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, or regular raisins
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Salt
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 5-6 leaves fresh mint, chopped


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon harissa
  • Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Set aside.
  • Add the golden raisins, white vinegar and a pinch of salt to a small bowl; allow to sit to quick-pickle while preparing the salad, about 30 minutes.
  • Next, cut the cauliflower into florets and spread them in one even layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil over the cauliflower and toss. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping the cauliflower at the 10-minute mark. You'll know when the cauliflower is done when it's tender when poked with a fork and lightly golden brown in color.
  • Meanwhile, add the honey, slivered almonds and a few pinches of salt to skillet. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the almonds are golden brown and caramelized, about 3-4 minutes. Remove with a spoon and set aside. To make the dressing, mix together the olive oil, harissa and a few pinches of salt. Adjust salt accordingly.
  • When the cauliflower comes out of the oven, allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the dressing and toss. Drain the golden raisins and add them to the cauliflower, along with the slivered almonds and mint. Toss once more and transfer to a serving plate.
Serving: 4g
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  • Reply Nicole January 8, 2020 at 11:39 am

    5 stars

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  • Reply cristina July 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    just made this……. delicious!!

  • Reply erin @WELLinLA March 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Making this for dinner tonight… thank you for the inspiration! And I don’t have harissa on hand, but going to blend up a version with tumeric, garlic, cumin, lemon and hot sauces that I have on hand. Good luck with the cleanse!

  • Reply Megan Robison March 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I had a tough time finding harissa but it was so worth it! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Sarah March 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Any suggestions on where one would find harissa? I’ve never heard of it before today, but if it’s spicy, it’ll be welcomed by my fiance. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna March 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Yes! You can find harissa a lot of times at French supermarkets and online (there’s a link above). Also, Whole Foods has it usually. I’d obviously call first because it just depends on which Whole Foods market.

  • Reply Charis March 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

    This sounds delish! I love cauliflower but would never have thought of having it like this.

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet March 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    this reminds me of a salad i had at hart and the hunter today…it was lovely seeing you tonight – good luck cleansing tomorrow!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance March 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I just prepared a head of cauliflower and had plans to roast it with just evoo and sea salt. Thankfully I have all of these ingredients on hand and am making these asap!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition March 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Love the simplicity of this. And totally agreed on using spice to…well…spice up a healthy dish. It’s necessary!

  • Reply Katie March 5, 2013 at 5:53 am

    A few of my friends have tried to give up coffee for the new year. As “Thou shalt drink copious cups of coffee/tea” is near the top of my modern day commandments, I couldn’t contemplate trying a cleanse. Lots of water and snacking on fruits and veggies helps me keep from overeating on carbs (usually!). But good luck on your journey! πŸ™‚

    This salad looks divine. Isn’t roasted cauliflower the prettiest thing?

  • Reply Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog March 5, 2013 at 5:41 am

    This sounds dreamy! I love roasted vegetables. I love harissa. I love raisins. I love you for this recipe. Good luck with your upcoming cleanse!

  • Reply Jayne March 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Mmmm… this looks really great! I’ve been looking out for new ways to make my veggie dishes and I think this is a mighty fine way to start.

  • Reply Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs March 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Adrianna, this is is a gorgeous salad and seems so healthy! Perfect for the upcoming warm weather!

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