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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

Need a break from grains? Why not try cauliflower! Cauliflower can be used in place of rice in recipes as a low-carb, grain-free alternative. One of my favorite ways to use cauliflower is to make it into a rice, such as this super easy, tasty Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice. Check out my way easy, step-by-step cooking guide to make basic cauliflower rice to get you started.

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This super easy, flavorful recipe for cauliflower rice is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with the bright flavors of cilantro and lime—it’s perfect to serve with tacos, power bowls, and as a healthy side.


  • 1 medium head (about 1 pound 4 ounces) cauliflower, washed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. Rinse and dry cauliflower.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into large pieces and place them in a food processor.
  3. Process the cauliflower until it’s finely chopped and resembles the consistency of rice or couscous.
  4. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, and green onions. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add cauliflower rice to the pan, cover for 5 to 6 minutes until it is tender in the inside but slightly crispy on the outside, stirring frequently.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Toss with cilantro and lime juice.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 75
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 47 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: cauliflower rice, healthy side dish

For other recipes featuring cauliflower, check out some of my favorites: 

Cauliflower Spinach Lasagna
Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Ranch Dip
Cool Mint Cauliflower Salad


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Written by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN with Tamara Kelly-Scott, Dietetic Intern.

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