Pumpkin and Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Pumpkin and Cauliflower Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Salad dressing

  • Author: Tania Surrow Larsen - The Histamine Friendly Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


An autumn inspired quinoa salad with oven roasted pumpkin and cauliflower, grated raw Brussels sprouts and a yummy histamine friendly pomegranate salad dressing. Great as a main dish on it’s own or it would be great as a side salad for Thanksgiving, for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving.

This salad feeds 3-4 people as a main or 8-10 as a side salad.


  • 1/2 Kabocha squash or pumpkin of choice (ca. 400500 g/1417.5 oz)
  • 1/2 a head of cauliflower florets (ca. 400450 g/1416 oz)
  • 175200 g Brussels sprouts (67 oz)
  • 100 g quinoa (1/2 cup)
  • 250 ml bone broth or tolerated bouillon (1 cup)*
  • 1 pomegranate**
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Cut your pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Peel the pumpkin and cut the flesh into small cubes of about 1 cm x 1 cm.
  2. Add the pumpkin cubes to a baking tray lined with a sheet of grease proof parchment paper, together with the florets of 1/2 a head of cauliflower. Sprinkle with a bit of olive oil and salt.
  3. Roast the veggies in the oven at 180°(355 °F) for about 40-50 minutes.
  4. Add the quinoa and the bone broth/bouillon to a small pot with a lid, and bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Clean the Brussels sprouts and grate them or run them through your food processor if you are lazy like me. This is what you are going for: 
  6. Remove them seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate, set aside.
  7. Squeeze the juice out of the other half of the pomegranate with your hands. Transfer the juice to container with lid and add 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Shake it up and your histamine friendly pomegranate salad dressing is ready.
  8. When the quinoa and the veggies are cooked, mix the quinoa with the grated Brussels Sprouts. Add in the oven roasted pumpkin and cauliflower. Sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds and serve with the pomegranate dressing. Enjoy o/


  • *I like to cook the quinoa in bone broth because I like the added level of taste it brings, but a tolerated bouillon or salted water will do just fine as well.
  • **Note that there is both a sweet kind and a more sour kind of pomegranate apple, I really recommend using the more sour kind of pomegranate apple for this.
  • ***The nutrition data is estimated for portion out of four.