Barbecued Cauliflower Salad
Barbecued Cauliflower Salad

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.

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.

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.

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

Barbecued Cauliflower Salad
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Barbecued Cauliflower Salad

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Barbecued Cauliflower Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 336 kcal
Author Rebecca Pardess


  • ½ medium cauliflower cut into florets (or 3 cups florets)
  • ½ tsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce no sugar added
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup canned black beans drained, rinsed
  • ½ cup corn
  • ¼ medium red onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot shredded
  • ¼ cup Healthier Ranch Dressing
  • ½ medium ripe 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

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.

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*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 18g
Protein 14g 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Amanda Meixner and Dani Paris