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Greek Grilled Cauliflower and Vidalia Onion Quinoa Salad

by Aggies Kitchen on June 13, 2013

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A couple summers ago (maybe it was just last summer), I picked up a simple little grilling basket/wok at Target. Since then, I’ve been grilling vegetables in it like crazy. I normally stick to peppers and onions or some kind of squash medley, but a few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to try out grilled cauliflower.

Before throwing it on the grill I added sliced Vidalia onion to it and seasoned it up with some dried oregano, salt, pepper and a good drizzle of olive oil. During this time I made sure I was preheating my grill basket. Preheating your grill basket is like preheating your wok on your stove, it ensures your vegetables will get a good char and stay a bit more crisp. I just started doing this recently and love the results.

We loved how the grilled cauliflower turned out!

Grilled Cauliflower Collage

Honestly, we could have eaten just as is. It was delicious and a side dish that I will definitely be making again. But since I had some leftover quinoa in the refrigerator begging to be turned into a salad, I went that route. Using up some odds and ends in the fridge, this Greek Grilled Cauliflower and Vidalia Onion Quinoa Salad recipe was born.

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It was light, fresh but still substantial enough to stand as a vegetarian meal (I enjoyed leftovers for lunch the next day!). We served it along some typical barbecue fare: grilled steaks, chicken sausages, corn, potatoes, a tomato and basil salad. It really worked well as part of our meal and would be a great addition to barbecue or picnic this summer.


Greek Grilled Cauliflower and Vidalia Onion Quinoa Salad |  #heatlhy #recipe #quinoa #greek #salad #grill

Greek Grilled Cauliflower and Vidalia Onion Quinoa Salad


  • For the grilled cauliflower:
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 Vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • big pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • For the quinoa salad:
  • 1 cup cooked and chilled quinoa
  • 1/4 cup banana peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 oz feta
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preaheat grill basket on grill over medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, onion, oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place into grill basket and cook for 15 minutes or until slightly softened and charred. Using tongs, toss from time to time to ensure even cooking. Once cauliflower and onion is done grilling, place back into bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over it.
  3. To your grilled cauliflower and onion, add quinoa, banana peppers, olives, feta, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently toss until combined and taste for seasoning. Serve room temperature or chilled.

In case you missed it, find more cauliflower recipes here!

More quinoa salads on Aggie’s Kitchen:

Cool Cucumber and Quinoa Salad Bowl

Nutty Quinoa, Spinach and Cranberry Salad

Toasted Garlicky Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm and Goat Cheese

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Kim | Making 40 Fantastic June 13, 2013 at 8:00 am

Tim grills veggies in our basket all the time…. LOVE. But we’ve never grilled cauliflower! Can’t wait to try this. Especially given my deep love of quinoa (filling and low WW Pts). :) Delish as always Friend!


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles June 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

Awesome!!! I have not tried grilling the cauliflower (although I was real close last week, but the house kinda fell apart right before supper!), canNOT wait to try your recipe. I love how you combined it with quinoa and sweet vidalias, yum!! Happy Thursday, dear Aggie. xo


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

I am jealous of your grilling basket!! Need one asap!


Tieghan June 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

This sounds awesome! I love that you grilled the cauliflower! What a delicious meal!


Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen June 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

Another lovely salad from Aggie! I just bought that giant container of feta from Costco and now have one more thing I can do with it. Great idea to grill the cauliflower. We live it roasted too!


Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) June 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

I love grilled cauliflower. Your salad looks amazing, as always.


Julia June 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

I haven’t grilled cauliflower–just roasted it. I must try this!


Kristina June 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

Ooo I love grilled veggies in the summer! I’m looked at one of those grilling baskets a zillion times at williams sonoma and I’ve been wanting to pick one up, might have to do it this time :) All those flavors sound awesome with quinoa!


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking June 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

I love grilled veggies. Thanks for the tip on heating the grill basket before adding the veggies. Can’t wait to give it a try this weekend. Thanks Aggie!


Erica June 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

I feel like I bookmark all of your recipes :) I need a grilling basket. Putting i on the list. Vidalia onions are amazing


kelley June 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

I can’t get enough cauliflower right now. What a creative and delicious looking way to use it! Yum!!


Melanie @ Nutritious Eats June 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I always forget how much I like cauliflower. Roasted or grilled especially! Yum!


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen June 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I have a serious love of cauliflower so I’m dying over here!


JulieD June 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I’m totally trying this next time we grill!! Thanks!


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 14, 2013 at 10:28 am

I tell ya, Aggie. You make healthy eating look SO darn delicious! Great summer recipe!


cassie June 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

You are the queen of dishes like this. These flavors, the ingredients…I love it all!


Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts June 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

This looks quite delicious. What a clever idea (grilling the cauliflower) as well as combining it with leftover grain for a salad. Well done!


Joanne June 15, 2013 at 6:31 am

Note to self – pick up a grill basket for mom’s grill…I need this cauliflower in my life! I love pairing roasted veggies with quinoa salads so I’m sure grilled would be even better!


addie | culicurious June 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

I love cauliflower and this definitely looks like a delicious and very healthy way to make it. Gonna try this one! :)


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

Oh, this sounds incredible! I really need to try grilling cauliflower one of these days.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

This sounds fabulous!!! Love this idea!


Nutmeg Nanny June 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Oh, yum! This looks amazing, I love quinoa salads :)


lynn August 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

i made this tonight and it was so so vinegar-y. i’ll try it again eliminating red wine vinegar all together!


Aggies Kitchen August 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

sorry about that! I do love vinegar so I love to add a little extra usually. :)


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