Cauliflower Ceviche

Cauliflower Ceviche (Vegan)

Cauliflower Ceviche was inspired by the green grocer who comes to my work.  I was telling him that I was eating vegan for a month, and he asked if I had ever made ceviche with cauliflower.  Of course, I was intrigued by the idea, and asked him for details.  All of the suggested ingredients were vegetables that I really enjoyed, so I decided to give Cauliflower Ceviche a try.

The final result wasn’t like traditional ceviche, or even my cheater’s ceviche,  but Cauliflower Ceviche was delicious in it’s own right.  Baker’s Man, however, claimed “This is not ceviche.  Where’s the shrimp and fish.  This is a salad.”

“The name Cauliflower Ceviche is misleading.  There’s no shrimp in this.” —Baker’s Man

So, this time, I didn’t win over the carnivores, but even with his complaint, he said that he liked it.  He would just prefer that I called it something else, perhaps, “cauliflower salad,” or I could add some shrimp. Adding shrimp sort of defeats the whole lets eat vegan for a month challenge, so  I had to tell him it wasn’t happening.Cauliflower Ceviche

What will you need to make this recipe?

From the Pantry:

  • salt
  • pepper

From the Root Cellar

  • red onion

From the Refrigerator:

  • cauliflower
  • limes
  • cucumber
  • Roma tomato
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • tomato juice
  • jalapeno (optional)

Aside for the chopping time, this recipe is very simple.  The hardest part is waiting for the cauliflower to marinate in the lime juice and time for all of the flavors to combine after the Cauliflower Ceviche is finished.    This can be served with tortilla chips for dipping, or on a vegan tostada shell spread with vegan mayonnaise and topped with sliced avocado.   Cauliflower Ceviche Or, if you prefer, you can eat it from a bowl with a fork as a salad just like Baker’s Man.  However you serve this, Cauliflower Ceviche is light and refreshing.  It will be a great addition to our summer dinner menus, and when our 30 days of vegan are finished, I might even add shrimp to it for Baker’s Man.

Give our recipe for Cauliflower Ceviche a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Cauliflower Ceviche (Vegan)
Recipe type: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
This is a simple and light vegan ceviche. Cauliflower pairs well with onions, cucumbers, tomato, lime, and cilantro. If you're feeding children, or adults who don't like heat, leave out the jalapeno and hot sauce. The hot sauce can be added to individual servings. The total cost of this recipe is best part of this is $3.67 or about $0.46 for a very generous 1 cup serving, but the best part that it's so low in calories that you can eat the whole thing yourself.
  • 1 head cauliflower, finely chopped ($1.00)
  • Juice from 4 limes ($0.80)
  • ½ medium red onion, finely chopped ($0.40)
  • 1 Persian cucumber, finely chopped ($0.25)
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional) ($0.15)
  • 1 Roma tomato diced ($0.40)
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves only, chopped ($0.34)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt ($0.01)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper ($0.01)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (use your favorite) (optional) ($0.11)
  • ½ cup tomato juice ($0.20)
  1. Mix cauliflower, onion, and lime juice and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Chop cucumber, and tomato and add to the bowl with the cauliflower and onion mixture.
  3. Remove cilantro leaves from stems and chop.
  4. Add chopped cilantro to bowl with cauliflower mixture.
  5. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and hot sauce (if using) on top of vegetable mixture.
  6. Add tomato sauce
  7. Mix well to combine.
  8. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow flavors to fully combine.

Cauliflower CevicheNutritional Information is calculated based upon 1/8th of the recipe above (about 1 cup serving) prepared as written.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 24
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 174mg
Total Carbohydrates 5.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.5g
Sugars 2.3g
Protein 1.1g
Vitamin D  0%
Potassium  4%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2%

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