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!



  • 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.