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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Barley & Crunchy Chipotle Almonds | The Flexitarian

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Barley & Crunchy Chipotle Almonds [vegan]

Quick and easy to prepare, this roasted cauliflower salad is served with barley, crunchy chipotle almonds, juicy pomegranate seeds and a generous amount of freshly chopped parsley.
5 from 1 vote
DieTARY CHOICEDairy-Free Recipes, Egg-Free Recipes, High Fibre Recipes, Soya-Free Recipes, Vegan Recipes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine English
Servings 4 people
Calories 792 kcal


  • baking tray
  • 2 saucepans
  • bowl


  • 1 kg cauliflower head trimmed
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 100 g barley
  • 125 g almonds
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ to 1 tsp crushed chipotle chillis
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 400 g can butter beans


  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp capers
  • 1 small garlic clove crushed


  • Generous handful of freshly chopped parsley
  • 80 g of pomegranate seeds


  • Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  • Cut cauliflower in medium size florets. Toss together with 2 crushed garlic cloves, 4 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp lemon juice until well coated all over. Spread on a baking tray and cook for around 30 mins until the cauliflower is soft and brown (it should still have a bite).
  • While the cauliflower is in the oven, cook the barley, prepare the chipotle almonds and make the dressing.
  • To cook the barley, preheat some water in a saucepan. When boiling, add the barley and cook according to packet instructions. When done, drain and set aside.
  • To make the chipotle almonds, place 125g of whole almonds in a pan with maple syrup, light brown sugar, salt, crushed chipotle chillies, olive oil and lemon juice. Bring the liquid to the boil, then cook under medium heat for around 5 minutes until the liquid has caramelised (you are aiming for a nice golden colour, as otherwise if the caramel becomes too dark it will become bitter). Once done, spread the almond mixture on a baking sheet and leave to cool. When cooled down completely, roughly chop the almonds with a large knife.
  • To make the dressing, mix together 4 Tbsp olive oil, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 3 Tbsp capers and 1 small crushed garlic clove.
  • When cauliflower is cooked, mix it together with the cooked barley. Add drained butter beans and a generous handful of freshly chopped parsley. Toss everything in the lemon dressing. Season to taste. Top with pomegranate seeds and chipotle almonds. This salad is best eaten slightly warm or at room temperature.


Calories: 792kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 23gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 547mgPotassium: 1691mgFiber: 21gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 131mgCalcium: 185mgIron: 6mg
Keyword barley, Cauliflower, salad
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