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 a superfood loaded with vitamins C, K, a bunch of Bs, heart-healthy 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.
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 upcoming summer grill-outs or a bring-to-work lunch.
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. More great news: This barbecued cauliflower salad is only 336 per serving, without compromising the smoke, zest, and crunchiness that are so essential.
Barbecued Cauliflower Salad
Total Time: 26 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 11 min.
Yield: 2 servings
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
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, and carrot in a medium serving bowl; toss gently to blend.
6. Top with cool cauliflower and avocado. Serve immediately.
Look for barbecue sauce that has an ingredient list that does not contain artificial sweeteners, additives, or preservatives. There are many brands on the market that are sweetened with small amounts of honey, maple syrup, or molasses.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Total Fat: 12g
Total Carbs: 51g (Fiber: 15g; Sugars: 18g)