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!
Barbecued Cauliflower Salad
This barbecued cauliflower salad features smokey barbequed florets, black beans, corn kernels, ripe avocado, and a healthier ranch dressing.
- 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
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Place cauliflower on a large baking sheet.
Drizzle with oil. Toss to blend. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
Brush cauliflower evenly with barbeque sauce. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Set aside to cool.
Combine lettuce, beans, corn, onion, carrot, and Healthier Ranch Dressing in a medium serving bowl; toss gently to blend.
Top with cool cauliflower and avocado. Serve immediately.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
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A great lunch option for the vegan plan. For non-vegans, replace beans OR corn with a protein for lunch.
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