Cauliflower is a shape-shifting vegetable that can transform into “rice,” “steak,” or even pizza crust. I like to think of it as the crunchy superhero of healthy eating.
In fact, it’s loaded with vitamins C, K, a bunch of Bs, omega-3 fatty acids, and biotin, which promotes healthy skin and hair.
In short, it’s a veggie that helps keep you healthy and pretty. Cauliflower should wear a cape. [Sidenote: I would be forever grateful if someone could Photoshop a tiny cape onto a head of cauliflower and post it in the comments. Thanks in advance.]
As if cauliflower weren’t versatile enough, it takes the place of chicken or tempeh in this recipe for a hearty barbecued salad that’s perfect for summer grill-outs or a bring-to-work lunch.
Dress it with our Healthier Ranch dressing, and it’s sure to quell your craving for that “one” barbecued salad from that “one” restaurant you’ve been drooling over all week. You know, the one that has a million calories?
Great news: This barbecued cauliflower salad is only 336 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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