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Greek Grilled Cauliflower and Vidalia Onion Quinoa Salad

Grilled cauliflower and Vidalia onion make great additions to this flavorful, Greek inspired quinoa salad. A healthy side dish or vegetarian main dish, you’ll want to make this one all summer!

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Grilled cauliflower and Vidalia onion make great additions to this flavorful, Greek inspired quinoa salad. A healthy side dish or vegetarian main dish. Recipe via aggieskitchen.com

I’m pretty obsessed with grilling all the veggies right now. I have been loving experimenting with different veggies on the grill from this cauliflower to this grilled broccoli I made a couple of summers ago.

A few years ago, 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 this grilled cauliflower is definitely one of my favorites.

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 and Vidalia onion make great additions to this flavorful, Greek inspired quinoa salad. A healthy side dish or vegetarian main dish. Recipe via aggieskitchen.com

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.

Grilled cauliflower and Vidalia onion make great additions to this flavorful, Greek inspired quinoa salad. A healthy side dish or vegetarian main dish. Recipe via aggieskitchen.com

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.

Enjoy!

Grilled cauliflower and Vidalia onion make great additions to this flavorful, Greek inspired quinoa salad. A healthy side dish or vegetarian main dish. Recipe via aggieskitchen.com

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Greek Grilled Cauliflower and Vidalia Onion Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat 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.

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29 comments on “Greek Grilled Cauliflower and Vidalia Onion Quinoa Salad”

  1. 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). ๐Ÿ™‚ Delish as always Friend!

  2. 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

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

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

  5. 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!

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

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

  8. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ All those flavors sound awesome with quinoa!

  9. 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!

  10. I feel like I bookmark all of your recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ I need a grilling basket. Putting i on the list. Vidalia onions are amazing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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!

  19. I love cauliflower and this definitely looks like a delicious and very healthy way to make it. Gonna try this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  21. This sounds fabulous!!! Love this idea!

  22. Oh, yum! This looks amazing, I love quinoa salads ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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  25. I love salads like this. Full of flavor yet simple. Thanks for sharing.

  26. My friend introduced me to quinoa and we went to this burger place here in Taiwan, it’s a rice burger with quinoa and I said it wasn’t bad. Now, I am obsessed to find recipes about quinoa and found yours. I’m gonna follow this recipe. I can’t wait to taste it myself.

  27. I followed your recipe and not only me but the kids around too enjoyed the lovely grilled veggie. Buckwheat is easily found grain that is god when you are trying to shed extra pounds. Be it muffin or waffles you need not worry about calories.