This truly delectable Squeaky Clean Keto Roasted Cauliflower “Couscous” salad is jam packed with textures and flavors that will make your taste buds sing! Studded with cubes of creamy, sweet butternut squash, crispy kale, and crunchy toasted sunflower seeds, we’ve got a LOT to unpack here!
Let’s start with my taking liberties by calling it couscous. I figure if we can get away with calling it cauliflower “rice,” why not also call it “couscous?” I think the description is actually more accurate based on the texture of riced cauliflower anyway. 🤷🏼♀️ But I digress….
Ok so I’ll be honest and say that when I was brainstorming some more keto side dish ideas to round out my Squeaky Clean Keto “offerings” here on the blog, I wasn’t super excited about this keto roasted cauliflower couscous salad compared to some of the others on the list.
I mean, I knew the flavors would work, but I WAY underestimated how delicious and satisfying this dish would be!
One of the reasons this keto couscous salad is so tasty is because everything is roasted together before mixing. So right off the bat you are concentrating the flavors and getting everything all roasty and toasty before combining them.
Another key component of this keto roasted cauliflower couscous is the tangy, herby, luscious vinaigrette it’s bathed in.
We’re talking lemon zest, fresh dill, fresh mint (trust me, it’s amazing,) and just a hit of fresh garlic – all swimming together in a healthy pool of olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
This low carb cauliflower couscous is a perfect symphony of flavors (sweet, salty, tangy, fresh) and textures (crispy, creamy, chewy, crunchy.)
Be still my heart.
I don’t know that I’ve ever gone on and on so much about a keto side dish before – especially one that is Squeaky Clean Keto and Whole30 compliant with no nuts, cheese, or sweetener in sight! Not to mention that it’s also vegetarian and even vegan if you’re fully plant-based!
Which isn’t to say you couldn’t throw in some cooked bacon or chunks of chicken to add some more protein and make it an entree instead of a side dish.
One last thing before I go. While I really enjoyed this keto roasted cauliflower couscous salad warm when I first made it – the next day when I ate it cold for lunch was when I truly fell in love!
The flavors mingled and mellowed so beautifully that it was like a completely different dish. It was so good that I ate two full servings and could have kept going if I wasn’t trying to save some carbs for dinner! 😂
So yeah, I know it’s just a humble side dish and you’re thinking “how good can it REALLY be?” But if you’ve been around IBIH awhile and trust my palate from previous keto recipes, then I hope you’ll give this one a try and report back ASAP!
I promise it’s the perfect winter comfort food – that’s actually healthy and won’t leave you feeling bloated and miserable afterwards! 🙌🏻Print