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Cauliflower and Chickpea Fritters over Spring Salad
with radishes / cucumbers / croutons

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

This fresh salad is packed with some of our favorite seasonal ingredients and topped with a pan-seared fritter made with riced cauliflower and chickpeas.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Thousand Island Dressing:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Mayonnaise - 1/3 cup
  • Ketchup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Sweet pickle relish - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/4 tsp
Cauliflower and Chickpea Fritters:
  • Capers - 2 Tbsp, drained and chopped
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Riced cauliflower, frozen or fresh - 8 oz
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
Spring Salad with Radishes and Cucumbers:
  • Baguette or ciabatta - 1/4 loaf, cubed
  • Radishes - 8, halved and sliced (sub snap peas or snow peas, thinly sliced)
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, halved and sliced
  • Lettuce, butter - 8 oz, torn (sub romaine)
  • Peas, frozen - 1 cup
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make dressing - (Skip if dressing was made ahead for Monday.) Chop garlic. Combine garlic, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, lemon juice, and paprika. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bread - Slice bread into cubes. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Make cauliflower and chickpea fritters - Drain and chop capers. Drain and rinse beans. Place riced cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for ~2 minutes, until defrosted and / or tender. Place beans in the bowl of a food processor (or use a potato masher to mash by hand). Pulse until beans are chopped into small pieces. Combine with capers, riced cauliflower, flour, salt, and pepper. Form into 3/4” / 2 cm thick patties (1 patty / serving). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Radishes / Cucumbers / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  5. Peas - Defrost peas in the microwave or by running them under warm water.

Make

  1. Heat a large skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add butter and then bread cubes to melted butter. Cook, flipping the bread every few minutes with a spatula, until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. Set croutons aside.
  2. Return pan to medium-high heat and add oil. Add cauliflower and chickpea fritters to heated oil. Sear on each side until golden brown, ~3 minutes per side.
  3. If the dressing was made ahead, give it a stir. If it is too thick to easily pour, you can thin it out with some water.
  4. Assemble salads by creating a bed of lettuce. Top with radishes, cucumbers, peas, and croutons. Top each salad with a cauliflower and chickpea fritter. Finish with dressing at the table. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (51)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (14)

41 reviews

Salmon cakes were delicious! Used canned salmon and made a dill sauce instead of thousand island and the salad. Restaurant quality.

By: Allison
Posted: Mar 24, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The salmon cakes are delicious! I can't wait to make them again. I served them with a side of pasta, peas & white beans, because I had it on hand & just wasn't feeling the salad today. I did have the thousand island dressing left from the reubens, so I topped them with it. LOVE!!

By: Ruth
Posted: Mar 24, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The salad dressing was a hit at our house.

By: Eva
Posted: Mar 23, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Loved the salmon cakes! Totally agree that buying skinless salmon would have made the prep much easier! We didnt love it over the salad though. Definitely adding to the favorites, but I think next time I’d pair with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes with the dressing as a dipping sauce.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Mar 23, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was delicious! I can’t get enough of the thousand island, and the croutons were fabulous. I’m not usually big on radishes, but they were the perfect flavor and texture complement here. I did have some trouble with the recipe; more direction on how to remove salmon skin and how finely to chop the pieces would have been nice (a video, perhaps?), but once I got into it, it was simple, and I trusted my gut. I’m kind of glad it took me out of my comfort zone a bit! My husband, not normally a salmon eater, loved the salmon cakes with the dressing, and our baby gobbled them up, too. This one will be a keeper in our house!

By: Jeanine
Posted: Mar 23, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Definitely buy skinless salmon. The butcher should be able to deskin it for you. Great healthy meal : ).

By: Jessica
Posted: Mar 22, 2019
Diet: Original
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