A fresh grain-free take on a traditional Middle Eastern dish! We’ve replaced the bulgur wheat with lightly sauteed cauliflower ‘rice’ for a gluten-free and paleo-friendly side dish to serve with your favorite protein or share at your next potluck event.

Prep: 20 minsCook: 5 minsTotal: 25 mins
Servings: 4-6 1x



  • 4 cups riced cauliflower (about a 1516 ounce bag or 1 medium cauliflower, grated)
  • ½ large cucumber, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup packed mint leaves, minced
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, minced


  • 3 Tbsp. avocado oil (such as Primal Kitchen brand), may substitute olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced if not using a food processor
  • ½ tsp. salt, or to taste
  • ¼½ tsp. black pepper, or to taste


  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp. avocado oil. When oil starts to shimmer, add the riced cauliflower and stir. Continue heating and stirring until cauliflower starts to release some of its moisture and is crisp-tender (don’t overcook it – you want it a little ‘al dente’ or ‘toothy’). Remove from heat and continue to stir for a couple more minutes to help the moisture evaporate as the cauliflower cools. Spread onto a large plate or baking sheet and set in the freezer while you make the dressing and chop the veggies.
  2. Add dressing ingredients to a blender and blend on high until well combined. (Alternatively, you can finely mince the garlic then whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl if you don’t have a blender.
  3. When cauliflower is cool, place in a large bowl with cucumber, celery, tomatoes, onions, mint, and parsley.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and stir to combine. Taste and adjust spices as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
  5. Store unused portion in a covered container in the fridge for up to 4 days.


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Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 265mg
  • Carbohydrate: 11g
  • (Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 4g)
  • Protein: 3g


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