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Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower Salad

This warm and satisfying dinner salad is perfect any time of year.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min


⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
1 ½ tsp salt, divided
½ tsp pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 cups small cauliflower florets
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
6 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup roasted red pepper, thinly-sliced
½ cup onion, thinly-sliced

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Line a large baking sheet with foil; grease well and set aside. Whisk the vinegar with the mustard, honey, 1 tsp (5 mL) salt and the pepper. Slowly drizzle in the oil, while whisking constantly, until mixture comes together. Measure out ¼ cup (60 mL) and set aside. Stir the garlic into the remaining mixture.

  2. Toss the chicken with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of the garlic mixture. Season all over with remaining salt; arrange on the prepared pan. Toss the cauliflower with the remaining garlic mixture. Spread in a single layer on the same pan next to the chicken.

  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165°F (74°C) when inserted into the centre of the largest chicken breast. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and tent with foil. Sprinkle beans and Parmesan over cauliflower. Roast for an additional 10 minutes or until browned; cool slightly.

  4. Meanwhile, thinly slice each chicken breast; set aside. Toss cauliflower mixture with spinach, red pepper, red onion and reserved dressing. Divide salad evenly between 4 dinner plates. Top with sliced chicken. Serve immediately.

Helpful Tip

Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts or almonds for some added crunch.

Nutrition Info

Per 1 chicken breast with 2½ cups salad serving Amount
Protein32 g
Fat13 g
Saturated Fat2.5 g
Carbohydrate24 g
Fibre8 g
Sugar3.5 g
Cholesterol69 mg
Sodium652 mg
Per 1 chicken breast with 2½ cups salad serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A23
Vitamin C20
Vitamin B617
Vitamin B122