Cauliflower and Chickpea Fritters over Spring Saladwith radishes / cucumbers / croutons
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- Bread - Slice bread into cubes. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- 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)
- Radishes / Cucumbers / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
- Peas - Defrost peas in the microwave or by running them under warm water.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
This meal has 39 reviews
The salad dressing was a hit at our house.
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.
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!
Definitely buy skinless salmon. The butcher should be able to deskin it for you. Great healthy meal : ).
Husband and toddler LOVED the salmon cakes. Had only italian seasoned bread crumbs on hand and it still worked. Used on salad for one meal, and on rice for another. I felt the thousand island was sweeter than I would like. Will make adjustments next time. I am partial to the Trader Joe's thousand island though.
Really great! Fritters came together so easily and had a nice light flavor. I used less capers because they aren’t my favorite. Skipped the croutons and used bottle dressing to save time. Radishes added a lot of flavor and aren’t something I normally think to buy. My husband loved and it’s going on our list of go-to meals.