Cauliflower “Quinoa” Salad (AIP, GAPS, Paleo)

I love salads. Even before I went grain-free, salads were one of my favorite meal options and/or meal side dishes. When I was a kid I like salads so much that I used to eat them as if it were a dessert after my meal.

In the few years before I began my journey to heal my leaky gut using a combination of the auto-immune paleo and GAPS diets, my favorite way to enjoy salad was to add some quinoa to it. The addition of quinoa added a different flavor and texture to the salad and made it feel more substantial. After going grain-free, my quinoa salads were no longer an option so I returned back to my veggie only salads.

After a botched recipe attempt, I realized I could mimic the taste and texture of quinoa with cauliflower, resulting in my cauliflower quinoa recipe, and the first thing I wanted to do was try it in a salad. I was very pleased to find that the resulting salad was similar in taste, texture, and general feel to my quinoa salads. The one nutritional difference is that the quinoa salad provided a substantial amount of protein, while this cauliflower replacement does not. I suggest enjoying this salad with a wholesome protein of choice– it goes great with chicken or salmon.

Another thing I love as much as salads are recipes that aren’t recipes, per se, but ideas rather. This is one of them! Prepare a batch of my cauliflower quinoa and add it to your salad of choosing! My favorite combo is kale, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, slivered almonds or sunflower seeds*, and dried cranberries (sweetened only with apple juice).  I think you, too, will see that the cauliflower quinoa adds a different dimension to your favorite salads.


*AIP followers, omit nuts and seeds completely and stick with your favorite AIP-complient veggies and salad dressings. If you crave the crunch of nuts and seeds, I suggest toasting some coconut flakes and adding them to the salad.


One comment

  1. Hi Sheeva,
    Sounds like a healthy and tasty dish that would make a great quick and easy lunch. Greens are so important in our diet and healthy grains. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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