Curried Cauliflower, Grape, & Lentil Salad

GFVGVDFNS
Jump to Recipe
Serving platter displaying this hearty Kale Salad with Grapes, Lentils, and Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Say hello to our new favorite salad.

Believe it or not, it was inspired by one we tried in an airport! Of all the places to glean inspiration from…

But no matter the source, the end result is far more delicious than the original we tried (not to brag, but for real), and it’s insanely easy to make! Shall we?

Baking sheet filled with insanely delicious Curry Roasted Cauliflower

This 30-minute recipe starts with a base of greens, cooked lentils, red grapes, and the star of the show: curry roasted cauliflower.

We tossed one head of cauliflower in a bit of salt, coconut oil (or water), and our DIY Curry Powder* (swoon) and roasted it to perfection. The result is crispy-on-the-edge, tender-in-the-center cauliflower bursting with flavor.

*Note: you can learn more about curry powder and its origin here.

Stirring up super flavorful Green Curry Tahini Dressing for this healthy kale salad

Next comes the Thai and Middle Eastern-inspired dressing, which is a mixture of our go-to Green Curry Paste – that color tho! – and tahini, resulting in a creamy, savory-sweet, punchy dressing that marries this salad together beautifully. You can learn more about the origin of green curry paste here and tahini here.

A large platter full of Kale Salad with Grapes, Lentils, Curry Roasted Cauliflower, and Green Curry Tahini Dressing

We hope you LOVE this salad! It’s:

Fresh
Packed with fruit + vegetables
Hearty
Satisfying
SUPER flavorful
Healthy
& Insanely delicious

This would make the perfect weeknight meal when you need something healthy and satisfying on the table fast! It also keeps well, which makes it ideal to make ahead and pack along for lunches throughout the week (just serve the lentils and cauliflower chilled).

If you’re into salads, also be sure to check out our favorite Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas, Roasted Vegetable Salad with Chimichurri, Curry-Roasted Vegetable & Lentil Kale Salad, Loaded Kale Salad, and Abundance Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Using wooden spoons to scoop up a serving of this fresh and healthy Kale Salad with Grapes, Lentils, and Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Curried Cauliflower, Grape & Lentil Salad

Crazy delicious kale salad topped with red grapes, lentils, and curry roasted cauliflower. Served with a tahini-green curry paste dressing! Just 30 minutes required for this flavorful side or entrée.
Author Minimalist Baker
Print
Using wooden salad spoons to pick up a serving of Lentil Grape Cauliflower Salad
4.83 from 28 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Course Entree, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Middle Eastern-Inspired, Thai-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

CAULIFLOWER

GREEN CURRY TAHINI DRESSING*

  • 4 1/2 Tbsp green curry paste (or store-bought, though fresh is best)
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Pinch each salt and black pepper
  • Water to thin

SALAD

  • 5-6 cups mixed greens, kale, spinach (or other green of choice)
  • 1 cup cooked lentils (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup red or green grapes (halved)
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Line a baking sheet (or more as needed) with parchment paper.
  • Add cauliflower to a mixing bowl and toss with coconut oil (or water), curry powder, and sea salt. Transfer to baking sheet and roast cauliflower for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tender.
  • Prepare dressing by adding green curry paste, tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl and whisking to combine. If needed, thin with water until pourable.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more green curry paste for a stronger curry flavor, tahini for greater thickness, lemon juice for acidity, or maple syrup for sweetness.
  • Assemble salad by adding lettuce to a serving platter or bowl. Top with lentils, grapes, and cooked cauliflower and serve with dressing. Optional: garnish with fresh cilantro.
  • Best served fresh. Store leftovers in airtight container for 3-4 days. Store dressing separately for up to 1 week.

Video

Notes

*Prep time does not include preparing green curry paste.
*If you like heavy dressing, multiply the recipe x 1 1/2 or 2.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with homemade green curry paste, without optional ingredients, and with all of the dressing and the oil.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 258 Carbohydrates: 33.2 g Protein: 10.3 g Fat: 11.6 g Saturated Fat: 5.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.33 g Monounsaturated Fat: 3.07 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 416 mg Potassium: 1006 mg Fiber: 9.7 g Sugar: 11.9 g Vitamin A: 4115 IU Vitamin C: 104 mg Calcium: 137 mg Iron: 4.6 mg

Did You Make This Recipe?

Tag @minimalistbaker on Instagram and hashtag it #minimalistbaker so we can see all the deliciousness!

If you love this recipe...

Get Our Fan Favorites eBook Here!

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment & Rating!

Have a question? Use ctrl+f or ⌘+f on your computer or the "find on page" function on your phone browser to search existing comments! Need help? Check out this tutorial!

My Rating:




  1. Candice says

    I never thought curried cauliflower and grapes would taste so good together, but I’ve made this several times and it’s definitely one of my go-to’s as it’s pretty quick and easy to make. I do add a bit of quinoa or couscous for my partner as he needs something a bit more substantial, but perfect for me.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh interesting! I think we removed that one because it needed some edits / tweaking. Sorry for the confusion!

  2. Ryan says

    One of my favorite salads! I wasn’t too sure if the curried cauliflower and green curry paste would work but the layers of flavoring are perfect. This salad could easily work as a main course!

  3. Karen says

    I made this recipe 3 times last month for all the potlucks I had to go to—and it was fantastic! I just loved it, and I only took a tiny bit home each time. The dressing was delicious, and I’m going to use the recipe for weekday bowls in the future. I made your green curry paste, in part because I can’t handle spicy heat, so I made it nice and mild. Definitely a keeper! ??

  4. Cachae says

    Sooo yummy! We make this recipe often, it’s such a quick and impressive meal to put together! The dressing is probably one of my favorites I’ve tried! Made it a few days ago but didn’t have grapes, substituted some green apple and it was soo good as well!

  5. Tori Bissell says

    I made this tonight and my mom and I loved it. The grapes were such a nice addition… I suggest using red grapes just for the visual… but green works well and were delicious too.

    I think you could also make this quinoa and it would taste great too. I also think it would be nice to top with sesame seeds or something like that… But it was still delicious and I totally would reccomend it.

    BTW for those who aren’t as farmiliar with lentils… they cook to 2-3x their size… so for a cup of lentils you don’t need to do that much. I totally made that mistake. Whoops.

  6. Lindsey says

    This was tasty. I commented earlier on the curry paste that it was a tad too acidic for our tastes, so I left the lemon juice out of this dressing and it was perfect. Our dressing was super spicy (which we love, we didn’t seed or remove the Serrano membranes for the curry paste). Therefore, the sweetness of the grapes were a perfect reprieve from the spiciness. My husband is a little picky and he wants me to make this again!

  7. Anna says

    Delicious! But beware of what curry paste you use. 4.5 tbs is a ton if you have a spicy curry paste and I had to dilute it with a ton of coconut milk

  8. Sandy says

    This was wonderful! I used the only lentils I had , red but it still worked. Served over spinach and kale. Really had great flavor combinations and looked yummy too.

  9. Allison says

    Another delicious salad. I served it on kale, which I think was ‘hardy’ enough to take the weight of the other ingredients. The dressing was too spicy for me so next time I’ll halve the curry paste (I guess it all depends onto brand, I used store-bought).

  10. Maribeth says

    We’ve been making this recipe once a month for a while now. The only thing I’ve ever changed is the grapes. They are not always affordable so I swap them out with whatever fruit is on sale at the time. Everyone I serve it to loves it. My kids devour it! The dressing is where the magic happens.

  11. Kristen says

    I made this yesterday to take to a potluck. Modified by leaving out the green curry paste (time factor) and lentils, and substituted sweet potatoes for some of the cauliflower. It tasted fantastic and i got lots of compliments. Thanks for a great recipe. I would have given 5 stars but my mods make the recipe a touch different.

  12. Jennifer says

    I made this and it was ok. I feel that the recipe didn’t make enough dressing. It also just tasted like a bunch of random ingredients mixed together on top of spring mix

  13. Julie says

    Just wanted to say that I have made this twice over the past month – it is delicious and makes great leftovers for lunch the next day. It also goes well in a wrap with the sauce if you chop the cauliflower in small chunks :)

  14. Rachel says

    Absolutely delicious! I added a few tomatoes and thinly sliced red onion on the bed of greens. I love that it’s so versatile and you can add your own twist. I will definitely be cooking the curried cauliflower as an addition to other meals. Thanks.

  15. Chelsea Santos says

    Just made this last night for dinner. What a unique combination of flavors that blend so nicely! Added an extra squeeze of fresh lemon juice on top to brighten it up. I would highly recommend this. Definitely saving this recipe :)

  16. Alyson says

    This salad was phenomenal! I followed the directions with no substitutions (except maybe a little extra lemon juice and I added hemp seeds for crunch), and used store-bought curry powder and green paste in the interest of time (will try the homemade versions soon!). The bold curry with the sweet grapes and the hearty lentils was the perfect combination for a summery salad. Delicious and incredibly filling– highly recommended!

  17. Angela Horn says

    Hi Dana

    I’m sharing this recipe in a post I’ve written for Care2.com for National Salad Month. I just wanted to check if it’s okay to use one of the photos? I’ll obviously give you credit and link back to Minimalist Baker.

    Cheers,
    Ang :)

  18. Caryn says

    I love this salad! Thank you! I have made it twice, once with raisins (instead of grapes) and kale, the next with grapes and salad greens. Both were great. I definitely recommend using the lemon in the dressing, the lime juice was all I had on hand for the second time I made it, and I preferred the lemon. This is one to make again and again.

    -Caryn (tastynfree.com)

  19. Steph says

    This salad is awesome! I made the green curry paste as directed in the linked recipe and so glad. It is delicious and will definitely have many other uses. I used cooked black barely I already had instead of cooking lentil and worked out well. I feel like you can you use any grain you have handy and will be great.

  20. Shannon says

    This salad is amazing! I am in love with it’s bold flavors. Of course I am a curry fan anyway. I took the extra step of making the curry powder recipe instead of using a premade mix from store since I had all of the spices on hand. Definitely worth the effort.

    I have made quite a few of your recipes and they have all been great. Thank you for helping me keep my family’s meatless meals flavorful and delicious! ?

  21. yulca says

    We had this yesterday evening with homemade bread – so fast, so easy, so yummy! Used only 3 Tbsp of curry paste though, was enough for our taste. Thanks for the great recipe!

  22. Julia says

    I have also made this dinner for my boyfriend that had a really bad day. It was really tasty! He thought that the receipt was from a cooking book he offered me, but i corrected him that was Dana’s receipt! <3

    Thank you Dana!

  23. Kelsey Meyer says

    I made this for dinner last night (for my nonvegan/nonGF fiancé) and he loved it. He thought it was so creative. I loved it too!! I added brown Basmati rice to bulk the dish up for him! I would recommend the cilantro on top (I ended up adding more) because it gives it such a wonderful flavor. I also used the Thai Kitchen brand of green curry paste with success. Am definitely going to attempt to make my own paste in the future though as yours looks so vibrant and fresh in comparison to my jarred variety (whomp, whomp). Thanks, Dana! Another incredible recipe!

  24. Bridget says

    This salad is amazing! While cauliflower roasted I threw the remainder together- quick and easy with ingredients I always have on hand. I have made several of Dana’s recipes this week and loved every one- going to order her cookbook tonight!

  25. Chantal Schreiber says

    I made this with a thai curry paste that was neither green nor red ;-) and probably too spicy – I mixed in an avocado and some more water to make it milder and I used cashew cream instead of tahini because I don’t like sesame. It turned out amazing and I’m definitely going to make it again. Some soft bread or pitas or so would be nice with it , and I think pineapple would be just as yummie as the grapes or could go in additionally! loved it! Thank you <3!

  26. Debbie Larsen says

    I just made this and it was absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe pretty much exact except I cut back a bit on the curry paste because I was afraid it would be too spicy for my tastebuds. Even the curry on the cauliflower gave it a bit more zing than I was expecting. The juicy grapes paired with the zing of the curry really give you a mouth full of flavor! Delicious!

  27. lori says

    This looks amazing….though I am not a fan of lentil. Could I use quinoa instead or any other suggestions? Thanks so much

  28. Rochelle says

    Delicious! I had some cauliflower I wanted to use for lunch yesterday and the newsletter with this recipe popped up just in time! Next time I make it, I’m going to add a larger portion of grapes because the flavor pop was surprising and tasty! Thanks for another great recipe.

  29. Cassie Thuvan Tran says

    Oh my, I can imagine how mind-blown you were at the airport when you tried this salad! I’ve had incredible airport food before, but nothing worth replicating. Glad you found this recipe because it looks delicious! I want to add some tempeh into this recipe as well for some more protein and iron!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I would say sauté on the stove top to brown the exterior, and occasionally cover with a lid to steam the inside. Good luck!

  30. Audrey says

    Made this with the homemade curry paste (without the bell pepper as I don’t digest it well) and it was delicious, absolutely loved the dressing! Even my partner who doesn’t enjoy cauliflower usually said it was very good. Served it on a bed of brown rice to make it more filling. Thank you!

  31. Angie says

    I made the cauliflower using Thai curry powder and it came out just as yummy! (It’s what I had at the moment) I would make it again. Thank you!

  32. Angie says

    I made the cauliflower using that curry powder and it came out just as yummy! (It’s what I had at the moment) I would make it again. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      hmm, definitely different. I like the lightness / herbal quality of green curry paste (especially our DIY recipe). But if you try it with red let us know how it goes!