Roasted Cauliflower & Toasty Almond Salad

Hello Joyous Reader!

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Walker’s (my hubs) grandma’s 90th birthday! It was a wonderful celebration especially since she is healthy and vibrant. Lucky for all of us, Walker’s cousins made us an incredibly healthy and flavourful celebratory feast.  I was inspired to pick up the Jerusalem cookbook because most of the recipes she made were from the book. I brought my carrot cake balls from my book to go along with the yummy birthday cake.

My fave dish of the evening was the roasted cauliflower and the recipe I’m sharing with you today is a joyously adapted version of it. 

Cauliflower is an insanely nutrient-dense anti-cancer powerhouse of a food. You need to be eating this veggie.

Move over kale and make room for cauli in your kitch!

Here’s why — The Nutritional Highlights

Incredibly detoxifying: Cauliflower contains phytonutrients called glucosinolates that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity. It is absolutely essential to give our body’s detox system adequate nutritional support, especially in a world where we are exposed to toxins on an every day basis. Toxins can damage our cells and this puts us at a risk of developing cancer. This is why it is critical to eat foods from the cruciferous family such as cauliflower on a regular basis. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage are from this same powerhouse family. 

Antioxidant powerhouse: This broad specturm antioxidant support from beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol are among cauliflower’s key antioxidant phytonutrients. This helps lower the risk of oxidative stress in our cells which would otherwise lead to cancer.

Fiber-rich: There are over 9 grams in every 100 calories of cauliflower making it a wonderful digestive friendly food. Additionally, researchers have determined that the sulforaphane in cauliflower can help protect the lining of your stomach by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach.

Anti-inflammatory action: The anti-inflammatory action of glucosinolates/isothiocyanates in cauliflower and other cruciferous are showing promising results in helping Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin resistance, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and ulcerative colitis.

Canada’s Super Oil — Camelina Oil



Beyond the cauliflower, there are several other ingredients in this recipe that deserve a whole post. The spices and herbs are each superfoods in their own right. And the oil is pretty fabulous. I’ve been using it a lot lately for sauteing and baking. It has become a kitchen staple because of its ability to withstand higher temperatures. You may have seen me instagram about it.

The coolest part of this oil is the traceability. Three Farmers is literally a trio of farmers from Saskatchewan driven by the desire to reconnect you to their farms.  The batch number on each bottle allows a transparency and traces back to the face of the farmer, field it was grown in and details around how that bottle of oil was made.


Camelina is a source of omega 3 and Vitamin E and it has a high smoke point and long shelf life, their expeller cold-pressed oil has a truly unique profile, relative to other oils on the market.

Now for this yummy recipe!

Roast Cauliflower Salad-1

Roasted Cauliflower & Toasty Almond Salad
  1. 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
  2. Sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  3. 5 tbsp camelina oil*
  4. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup raw almonds
  6. 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  7. 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  10. 1.5 tbsp date vinegar (or red wine vinegar / sherry vinegar)
  11. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Mix cauliflower with oil, salt and pepper. Spread out on to a roasting pan or cookie sheet. Bake on top oven rack for 30 minutes or until fork tender and golden brown. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. Decrease temperature of oven to 325 F degrees. Spread almonds on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for 15 minutes.
  4. Allow the nuts to cool slightly, then coarsely chop. Add to the cauliflower with all the remaining ingredients. Stir, give a taste test to see if there's anything else it needs. Serve at room temp.
  1. *Camelina oil is a safe oil to bake with as it has a smoke point of 475F. It has a wonderful earthy and nutty flavour. I used the "roasted onion and basil" oil for this recipe but the plain would be lovely as well. You can find out more about this oil here:
Adapted from Joyously created from the Jerusalem Cookbook
Adapted from Joyously created from the Jerusalem Cookbook
Joyous Health

It could be split into two servings as a main or 4 servings as a side dish with some grilled fish or chicken. This recipe so incredibly unique and flavourful. I really hope it becomes a favourite in your home. Healthy IS delicious. EnJOY!

Have a joyous day!

Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy is the vibrant Holistic Nutritionist behind Joyous Health. Author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting, professional speaker, nutrition expert on Global’s Morning Show, Faculty Member at Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well. Read more...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Using healthy oils is an amazing way to get the good fats your brain and body need to function with optimal health. They are a great to cook with (as long as you use ones with high smoke points for cooking) and help make dishes taste amazing!

  • I would love to try this because I was told by my doc to increase my omega 3 intake! Trying to go the vegetarian route and avoid fish, this would be wonderful to add to my meals. Thank you!

  • It’s usually so hard to figure out where most grocery store oils come from, and I would rather know where my food comes from than not! I’m super impressed with this idea, so glad you shared this company.

  • I love the taste and that I can track the oil and it is a great Canadian success store.-

  • Using healthy oils is important to me for so many reasons! It’s good for your hair, your skin, and to leave you feeling full and satisfied!

  • Healthy oils are my go to during the awful Canadian winters! They help “moisten” you from the inside out. You’re skin is softer, your hair is less brittle, and you’re also able to experiment with different flavour adventures during the dreary months. I can’t wait to try these!

  • about 5 years ago, I made life changes to my eating habits as well as other areas of my life. It’s been a slow and steady transformation. Because I do not eat meat, I am always looking for good healthy recipies and good quality oils that I can trust to cook with.

    Blessings and have a wonderful day!

  • I like using different oils as they are usually good tasting and good for my body, joints and mind!

  • Using healthy oils is important to me because so many of my favourite recipes require them.

  • Love healthy oils because they’re such an easy way to get great flavor in recipes and do something good for your body at the same time.

  • I have been a vegetarian for 40 years so I need to know what goes in my food before it goes on me. This sounds like a wonderful product that I would love to try and reveiw on my blog if I won. The recipe is to die for an on my list to make tomorrow night. I had knee surgery today so staying elevated lol thanks for th post

  • Healthy oils are important to me as they are one of those foods that are good for you from the inside out. Like the saying goes, keep good foods in the house and you’ll eat good food. Oil can be one of those ‘good’ foods!

  • I take my job as mom and cook very seriously! Cooking healthy dishes which include natural ingredients and healthy oils helps make sure that my kids eat well, remain healthy, and enjoy their food!

  • Healthy oils are important to me and my family because it adds nutrition and flavour to food. It helps teach my children that healthy food tastes really good! I also love the story behind the oil!

  • Healthy oils is a joyous way to get the good fats and the omega 3 my great body deserve! I’m always looking for the best food to feed my body and it’s even better when it’s local and canadian :) I want this giveaway!

  • I have just started making healthy decisions to eat real foods and use good fats and oils to cook. I would love to try this oil as I have been on the search for healthy oils with a higher smoke point and the fact that it also has a long shelf life makes it perfect!

  • Healthy oils are important to me as they add healthy fats to my diet, which are great for brain and joint health. Healthy oils are also incredibly nutrient dense. There are a plethora of vitamins in healthy oils that feed and nourish the body. I love knowing that the healthy oils I choose to cook with and incorporate into my diet are going to be feeding my cells and promoting a healthy body. I also find the healthy oils I choose, such as hemp, flax, and coconut oils, taste incredibly good too. I love how they promote healthy skin and hair too, which is great for beautifying purposes! There are many added bonuses to health and wellness through the simple act of choosing healthy oils!

  • I have found healthy oils to be nourishing from the inside out. I use them both internally and externally. It has helped grately with dryness of skin and hair.

  • Cooking with oil can be beneficial to health in so many ways! It is a great way to get healthy fats into your diet along with omega 3! My favorite is using your oil to make popcorn! It adds so much flavor there is no need to add other toppings! Yum!!!

  • Using healthy oils is so incredibly healing! I find my skin is better, digestion is good, joint pain is reduced and my energy is so high when I use good quality fats. Not to mention they just taste delicious!

  • Ever since I realized that olive oil was bad for me at high temperature I’ve been trying to find a new oil to use.. but I really hate the taste coconut oil gives my fried foods so I reverted back to olive but I’m worried about what I’m eating and what’s it’s doing to my body so I’m happy to hear about a new option from Canada as well. :)

  • Camelina oil is a fantastic product. So many healthy benefits and so versatile. I love the fact you can use it on your salad or veggies or for cooking at higher heats. Used the roasted garlic and chili last night to cook skinless chicken breasts. Just added some spices and medium salsa to top and wow! such flavour! and so good for you! can you tell I love it – hee hee ;-)

  • Since turning 50, it is more important than ever to look after myself! Healthy fats are incredibly important for good brain function and I need all the help I can get! Love your website Joy!

  • Healthy oils are very important due to heating and turning rancid, so I try to only heat high smoke point oils (coconut, avocado). I have never tried camelina oil, but would like to. I currently use organic oils only such as coconut, olive, avocado, sesame and hemp and have used flax (not heated) in the past. I don’t have room for more, but if I won some, that would make it easier to try :) I only have veg oil in my house for crafts (like homemade playdough).

  • Healthy oils are important to me because they’re an easy, and delicious way, to make an important change in your diet. Heart disease and cancer are rampant in my family tree, so making conscious and healthful choices is crucial for me. Supporting local (or at least Canadian) is always a great bet, too!

  • Healthy, natural oils are such an important part of a balanced diet and lifestyle. They are essential both inside and out to maintain proper functioning of all of our organs and bodily systems. They make you look great, feel great, AND they taste great! I love that so many of them are so nutrient dense and versatile for personal and culinary use. A good variety of healthy oils are a staple in my house and have been for generations. More people need to be educated on making them your friends rather than the bad guys that these oils have been made out to be… Our bodies depend on them!

  • We need to ensure that we are using the best ingredients for our health.

  • Hi Joy! This recipe looks delish! I always cook with coconut oil but would be happy for a new cooking oil :)

  • Oils are important to health to keep your hair shiny and your internal activities running smoothly. They are part of a balanced diet.

  • It’s important for me to eat well and consuming various oils helps me attain that goal.

  • using healthy oils is important to our family because we want to be careful with every ingredient we put into our bodies – and teach our kids good habits from a young age! it’s never too early

  • Besides protein & healthy carbs, FATS are what ultimately satiate me in my meals. I love adding avocado, drizzles of olive oil, or spoonfuls of coconut oil straight to my food! Healthy oils are crucial for my health :)

  • Yum! That looks great! I love Cauliflower, and yes it has so many health benefits! My weary muscles appreciate it too :)

  • Using healthy oils is important to me in my overall goal to be healthier. I would love the opportunity to try these oils!!

  • Using healthy oils is important to me because it is one more way to get some of the elements that my body needs like omega 3′s. I have a history of heart disease in my family and using healthy oils is one of the steps I take to try and keep my heart healthy. Thanks for the chance to try out a new oil (for me).

  • Nice to have an alternative to olive oil, especially after finding out about that you can’t believe the labels on the olive oil bottles.

  • Now that I’m in my fifties I’m realizing it is absolutely necessary to take the time to focus on eating healthier. After reading all the wonderful articles and health benefits on the Three Farmers product line, I will definitely be incorporating them as I proceed on this new journey. I never realized before the importance of oils.

  • Hi. I would love to add this to my diet. Now that I just had baby#2 and have established breast feeding it’s so important to watch what you eat. As a breast feeding mom it’s my job to ensure my babies get a healthy start to their life with as little toxins as possible. Also for me, I need to make sure my husband and I take care of ourselves so that we can be healthy role models for our munchkins. The other bonus to this product is that it supports our local farmers. :).
    Fingers crossed.

  • Using healthy oils is important to me, because my oldest son is underweight, so I’ve been trying to find ways to bulk him up a bit without resorting to unhealthy fats and calories.

  • I use oils for cooking, moisturizing my skin and on my hair. I’m trying to be mindful of the ingredients I’m putting in and on my body so would love to try some new healthy oils.

  • Being 50…something, I need the best of the best and I loved your recipe. Cauliflower is one of my favourite foods and knowing how healthy and nutritious it is made with your Camelina Oil is even better!!! My body is important to me and healthy oils keep me in good working order, my arteries thank you.

  • Healthy oil and fats are a great choice for me as I feel that I am cooking the best for my family of five. I love to know the faces behind the product and love to help our Canadian farmers!

  • I have been using healthy oils in my cooking and baking for quite awhile. It doesn’t alter the taste of my food or coat my palette the way butter does and has so many healthful benefits, which most people have already mentioned. I take a daily fish oil made here in Atlantic Canada but I am always on the lookout for other, different options. I would love to try this recipe and these oils.

  • I appreciate the Omegas in healthy oils and in particular with the Camelina oil I like that it is canadian! (go Canadian Farmers!)

  • Using healthy oil is like drinking clean water, very important for our body and skin.

  • Healthy oils are important because they not only add flavour to your food, but add flavour to your life in terms of balanced hormones, awesome skin, shiny hair, and the list goes on. Hip hip hooray for good fats!! :)

  • The healthy oils is important for me to maintain my healthy weight.

  • Using healthy oils helps up my intake of omega 3′s to help fight the winter blues which I seem to need help with lately!!

  • Eating healthy oils is better for my brain than other foods such as whole grains since the brain actually thrives on good fats from what I read.

  • I love learning about different oils so that I can get all the health benefits and stay away from those that promote sickness. Get the good oils in and the bad oils away from my cells! :)

  • Helps with my omega 3′s and making informed decisions about how I cook and what I eat.

  • I am such a foodie and I am constantly trying to incorporate healthy products into my cooking. I would love to try this oil.

  • I love cauliflowers too. I would like to try that recipe, but I never heard about Camelina oil…
    Can I found it in a regular grocery store in Toronto?
    other product from Joy’s book is Vanilla powder, where do I can find it?

  • Love that this oil is healthy, has a high smoking point and most of all that it’s Canadian:)

  • We just had your cauliflower mash with goat cheese tonight! Haha and my husband said he read an article cauliflower is the new kale!! Using health oils is important for me because of my kids :) Healthy oils into my kids equals healthier kids!

  • Why is it important to me to use healthy oils? The answer is simple. Chemistry. Your body reacts differently to various substances, meaning if you put something good in your body, you feel good and when you put something bad in your body, you feel bad. I’m not a scientist but I know my body. It works better when I put the right things in it. I’m more alert, energized and happier when I eat right. This oil has ONE ingredient. That is it. One. Every nutritionist you may ask would state “less is more”….less ingredients = more connected to the earth. Back to basics. Love the oil and excited to try it!

  • I know that this oil is only one of a few that isn’t processed with solvents and also being from Saskatchewan, not far from where it is grown, makes me always wanting to support these farmers. I’ve used it almost all the time since I was introduced to it at the wellness fair in Vancouver over a year ago.

  • Can’t wait to try this recipe with the Camelina oil. I think it’s important to have an oil that withstands high cooking temperatures. Reason being they go rancid so easily. So excited to try this new oil.

  • I love all your recipes Joy, and have loved using olive oil so much more than I used to, I know how good it is for me, my body and my family as well. Oh, And I am losing weight and feeling great! Hope I win, I am running out.

  • Here in Strathmore Alberta, Camelina oil has been in our grocery stores for over a year now. It is a tad pricey but a little goes a long way. It has a lovely delicate/clean flavor when used raw and having a high smoke point makes it wonderful for cooking with. I am a senior with hereditary high cholesterol and it is extremely important for me to incorporate healthy oils into my diet and that they benefit heart health. The Camelina oil being a good source of omega 3′s, is an oil that I highly recommend for that purpose. Try it, you won’t be dissapointed.

  • Using healthy oils is important to me because of my family history of heart disease and high cholesterol.

  • I have just found out about you, Joy, and your new book, and camelina oil. I’m ordering the book immediately, and I’m going to look for Three Farmers Camelina oil at several of the Toronto grocery stores that carry it. I would love to win the prize package, because I want to improve my health and energy levels through finding healthy foods that taste great, are satisfying, and are fast & easy to prepare. Few of us have the time to prepare time-consuming specialty items with hard-to-find ingredients. So making simple changes like starting to use camelina oil in salad dressings, baking muffins or cooking would be a fantastic place to start making positive choices for our health! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

    • Hi Wendy,
      Thanks letting me know that I can find it in Toronto. I will check downtown Toronto first, don’t have much time for running everywhere in town to look for Camelina oil…. class exams are coming.

  • Healthy oils are important to me since I have 2 boys and a husband that I cook for and I want them and me to get the best nutrition possible. I also love to support Canadian companies. Thanks!

  • I would love to try these oils out. I usually don’t venture to far beyond olive oil purely due to my comfort zone. I love the fact that this new product is Canadian! I think perhaps something like this would work so well in a nice Quinoa salad. Looking forward to giving this product a try!

  • I found it, pretty easily actually. The ThreeFarmers website gives all the place where we can find Camelina oil… Super!!!
    I tried it this morning, made some zucchini with mushroom for lunch, and it is turning pretty good, usually when go in microwave start being mushy… but it is perfect.. this oil will be part of my diet, instead of olive oil
    if it is healthier than olive oil it is even perfect, I have some weight to loose…
    Thanks Joy for introducing this oil to me…

  • I am an avid baker and cook and am always trying out new recipes. I am constantly searching for healthy alternatives. Eating healthy doesn’t have to taste bad. I love watching people enjoy what I have prepared and knowing that it is healthy for them.

  • Pingback: Joyous Health
  • After having cancer that left me unable to eat solid foods, I have discovered wonderful soup and smoothie recipes (thanks Joyous Health). Using healthy oils to cook helps me maintain my new found health and vigor. I have now been cancer free for five years. Life is great and just keeps getting better.

    • That’s so awesome, Susan! We’re so happy to hear of your recovery. Thanks for sharing your success story!

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Joy- A few nights ago, I was reading one of your posts from a few years ago about the decisions you make to NOT DIET and to eat whole foods that taste good and make you feel good. You mentioned that a big help for you had been to think of all the awesome benefits of the food you were eating WHILE you were eating them….this allowed you to let go of guilt and eventually change your relationship with food.
    I thought this post was so very insightful….it seems as though everyone blacklists fats (and carbs also, for that matter) when they provide a wealth of vital benefits. Skin, hair, BRAIN CELLS, amongst other things. I’ve been thinking about that post so much…while I scoop my avocados and crunch on my almonds and seeds :) I would love to try this camelina oil! I would use it to roast all my veggies and potatoes.