Spicy Cauliflower Salad with Cilantro


I really love cauliflower—it’s good in just about everything, from cauliflower lasagna to buffalo cauliflower to cauliflower tacos. But did you know that you can make the most amazing fresh cauliflower salad out of this crispy, earthy vegetable? By soaking the cauliflower in boiling water for just a couple of minutes, you help tenderize and tame this flavorful vegetable. Then mix in peas, red onions, cilantro, and a flavorful turmeric vinaigrette and you’re all set. You’ve just created a delicious healthy cauliflower salad recipe perfect for lunches, dinners, potlucks, and parties—and it holds up well in the fridge for several days, too. This simple, easy Spicy Cauliflower Salad with Cilantro is packed with fiber, flavor, and nutrition! Those special compounds in cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower, fight inflammation, thus, helping to protect your health.


Spicy Cauliflower Salad with Cilantro

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

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This super easy, fresh Spicy Cauliflower Salad with Cilantro is packed with flavor! Just soak the cauliflower in boiling water for a few minutes, them toss in peas, red onions, cilantro, and a flavorful turmeric vinaigrette and you’re all set with a healthy, delicious, vegan, gluten free cauliflower salad recipe.



  • 1 medium head cauliflower (1 ½ pounds), broken into small florets (about 5 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed (or fresh, blanched)
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro

Turmeric Vinaigrette:

  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

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  1. Half-fill a medium pot with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove pot from the burner, add cauliflower pieces, and allow to sit for about 3 minutes, until cauliflower is crisp-tender in texture. Drain cauliflower in a colander and set aside to cool.
  2. Place cooled cauliflower, peas, red onions, jalapeño, and cilantro in a large bowl.
  3. To make the turmeric vinaigrette: In a small dish, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, and salt (optional). Drizzle over cauliflower mixture and toss together.
  4. Serve immediately or chill until serving time. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  5. Makes 8 servings (3/4 cups each)
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 56
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 34 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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For other cauliflower recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Cauliflower Chickpea Pozole Verde
Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Raisins and Pine Nuts
Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Ranch Dip
Vegan Cauliflower Spinach Lasagna
Purple Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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