Cauliflower Broccoli Salad with Peanuts

July 27, 2021
cauliflower broccoli salad

Make this salad with cauliflower, broccoli with peanuts with chickpeas, spring onion greens and a zesty turmeric lemon dressing! It is an excellent make ahead salad and is ideal for a lunch box. It has a good mix of vegetables, fat from the oil, proteins from the nuts and chickpeas and greens with spring onions.

What’s in this cauliflower broccoli salad?

This is a warm salad, so I like to parboil the cauliflower and broccoli. The vegetable can also be roasted in an oven, if you prefer. However I do think

  • cooked chickpeas
  • roasted peanuts
  • ginger, garlic, lemon juice
  • a dash of turmeric and cumin
  • spring onion greens

Can the peanuts and spring onions be swapped?

YES! I make these with roasted almonds and love them. I highly recommend using spring onion greens in this recipe because it provides an onion flavour without the pungency of raw onions, however if you cannot buy a whole bunch for this salad – replace it with any other microgreens of your choice.

Cauliflower Broccoli Salad with Peanuts

Make this salad with cauliflower, broccoli with peanuts with chickpeas, spring onion greens and a zesty turmeric lemon dressing! 
Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2


  • ½ cup cauliflower florets, chopped bite size
  • ½ cup broccoli florets, chopped bite size
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 inch ginger grated or 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • ¼ cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tsp freshly crushed pepper
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Parboil cauliflowers and broccoli.

  • My most preferred way to do it is on a microwave. It is quick, does not occupy a cooking hob and takes less than 5 minutes.
  • To microwave it, add the cauliflowers in a heat proof bowl, add 1 tsp water, a pinch of salt, ¼ tsp turmeric,cover the vessel with a microwave safe lid or cling film and microwave for  2 minutes.
  • Now, add the broccoli, another pinch of salt and microwave for 2 more minutes.
  • Let it sit for a minute, drain all excess water and use in the recipe 

Making the salad

  • In a pan on low heat, add the oil, followed by ginger and garlic, then add the parboiled vegetables. Saute for 1 minute.
  • Now, add the chopped spring onion greens, cooked chickpeas, pepper, salt to taste and stir around for another minute.
  • Remove from heat, squeeze a generous dash of lemon and top with crushed peanuts.
  • This salad tastes great both warm and cold!


  • If you do not have a microwave, the next ideal way to prepare the vegetables for this recipe is to steam them. The vegetables should not lose crunch, remember that!
  • Swap the spring onions for fresh fenugreek leaves for a delicious sabzi to have with rotis.

This salad is so delicious to have as it is but here are a few ways you can amplify the nutrition and the flavour of this dish.

  • Add greens – After the salad has cooled down, add it on a bed of spinach or mixed salad greens.
  • Swap chickpeas for pan fried tofu or another legume of your choice. Secret tip – this is a great place to use canned drained mixed beans!
  • Add an egg to it. A fried on the top, or even boiled egg chopped up.
  • Top with some pumpkin seeds or flax seeds for a crunch.

If you love salads, you should check the other salads I have on this website. My personal favourite are these Tomato Thokku roasted cauliflower salad.

Please leave a comment below if you made this recipe, have any questions or thoughts! Your comment will help me learn more about your preferences and will help other readers.

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    November 8, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Can these nuts be replaced with cashews?

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