Barbecued Cauliflower Salad

Barbecued Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower is a shape-shifting vegetable that can transform into “rice,” “steak,” “bread,” or even pizza crust.

It’s the crunchy superhero of healthy eating.

In another hero move, cauliflower stands in for meat in this recipe for a hearty barbecued salad that’s perfect for summer grilling or an envy-inducing desk lunch.

Dressed with our Healthier Ranch dressing and chock-full of greens, fiber, and protein, this barbecued cauliflower salad works as a stand-alone meal or as a side to a lean protein, like BBQ tri-tip steak or margarita chicken.

Even better news: This cauliflower salad is only 336 calories per serving, without compromising the smoke, zest, and crunchiness that are so essential.

Cauliflower, you’ve gone and done it again!

This barbecued cauliflower salad features smokey barbequed florets, black beans, corn kernels, ripe avocado, and a healthier ranch dressing.

3.8 from 10 votes

Barbecued Cauliflower Salad

This barbecued cauliflower salad features smokey barbequed florets, black beans, corn kernels, ripe avocado, and a healthier ranch dressing.

Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 336 kcal
Author Beachbody


  • ½ medium cauliflower, cut into florets (or 3 cups florets)
  • ½ tsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce, reduced-sugar
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • ¼ medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • ¼ cup Healthier Ranch Dressing
  • ½ medium avocado, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Place cauliflower on a large baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with oil. Toss to blend. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Brush cauliflower evenly with barbeque sauce. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Set aside to cool.
  5. Combine lettuce, beans, corn, onion, carrot, and Healthier Ranch Dressing in a medium serving bowl; toss gently to blend.

  6. Top with cool cauliflower and avocado. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Barbecued Cauliflower Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 450mg20%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 14g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Fat
½ Tuber/Legume Carb
1½ Vegetable
½ Condiment

P90X3 Portions
2½ Carb
3 Fat

Container Equivalents
2 Green
1½ Yellow
1 Blue
½ Orange

2B Mindset Plate It!
A great lunch option for the vegan plan. For non-vegans, replace beans OR corn with a protein for lunch.

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Photos by Amanda Meixner and Dani Paris