So we got an air fryer for Christmas, and it’s living up to the hype!  5 minutes preparation, 15 minutes in the air fryer while you have a cuppa, and done.  Tender cauliflower and slightly crunchy chickpeas, creamy hummus, little pops of sweetness and some fresh greens.  It’s an all-rounder!

This salad is really versatile too.  I love the Middle Eastern flavours, but you could use whatever spices you enjoy and add a few of those sad crisper veggies as suggested below.

Buy your own pre-made hummus to save yourself some time if you’re in a hurry, or use our Simple Hummus recipe.

* I’ve added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the mix, but you could go up to tablespoons… I would know, that’s what I did.  Inadvertently.  But it was delicious anyway.  Haha!

Serves 1


1/4 head cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 small can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


To serve

1 large handful dark leafy greens (baby spinach, rocket, shredded kale, etc), roughly chopped

1/4 cup hummus

1 pomegranate



  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower, chickpeas, paprika, cumin, coriander, onion and garlic powders, salt and pepper.  Mix well until the cauliflower and chickpeas are well coated.
  2. Cook in the airfryer at 200C for 15 minutes, shaking the basket 2-3 times throughout cooking to avoid burning.
  3. Meanwhile, assemble the rest of the salad in your serving bowl; chopped greens, drizzle over the hummus and scatter over the pomegranate arils.
  4. Once cooked, pour the cooked cauliflower and chickpea mix over the salad and toss to coat with the hummus.
  5. Add a serve of grains if you wish for extra fibre and B vitamins, and to bulk out the meal.  Freekeh, quinoa, brown rice or buckwheat grouts would be lovely.



  • Also delicious with some grilled halloumi or crumbled feta.


Add more plants #diverse30:

  • Add 1/2 cup drained and rinsed brown lentils
  • No pomegranate?  Try a couple of teaspoons of dried currants, chopped dried cranberries or dried figs.
  • Add diced pumpkin or broccoli florets to the cauliflower mix before placing in the air fryer.
  • Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds for some crunch.
  • Add more protein with diced tempeh mixed in with the cauliflower mixture before air frying.
  • Go green with our green hummus recipe for some added veg.