Cauliflower & Quinoa Patties with Mediterranean Salad

Parmesan, garlic and herbs add big flavor to these easy patties while a fresh, feta-topped tomato and olive salad is served alongside.

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Brandon Barré
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
55 min


  • 6 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 small cauliflower)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp grape seed or safflower oil, divided

Mediterranean salad

  • 4 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Prepare salad: In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, scallions, olives, mint and lemon juice; stir in feta. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Roughly mash cauliflower with a potato masher to pea-size pieces; let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic, egg and egg white, quinoa and parsley. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, Parmesan, baking powder, oregano, salt and pepper; stir flour mixture into quinoa mixture until just combined. FOUR: Using 1/4 cup mixture for each, roll into balls, then flatten slightly to form 3/4-inch-thick round patties. Repeat with remaining mixture to make a total of 18 patties.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet on medium, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add half of patties and cook for about 8 minutes, using 2 utensils to help turn them halfway, until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and repeat with remaining 1 tbsp oil and other half of patties. Serve with salad.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 patties and 3/4 cup salad
  • Calories 269
  • Carbohydrate Content 26 g
  • Cholesterol Content 48 mg
  • Fat Content 14 g
  • Fiber Content 5.5 g
  • Protein Content 12 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 571 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g