I love cauliflower and when I saw the pretty purple and green cauliflower on sale at Whole Foods I had to get some! They were out of orange and I even checked another store. I wasn’t sure yet what I was going to do with the cauliflower I figured it would just be colorful to eat, pack in the girls lunches, make a salad, or maybe the Purple Cauliflower Smoothie my youngest likes. I wasn’t worried about it as I knew it would get eaten. The next day I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner and started helping my oldest with her homework as she was doing her heritage project and had a lot of questions. She was on food and on traditions and started writing things we celebrate and said oh we celebrate Mardi Gras right. I had to explain it wasn’t part of our heritage but something we celebrated for fun. Back to the refrigerator and I saw the purple and green cauliflower and knew I had to make a fun color full salad with a Mardi Gras twist and came up with this Cajun Cauliflower Rice Salad. Taking a twist on red beans and rice this salad can be enjoyed warm or cold and can be a side dish or a main (adding sausage, or vegan sausage if desired).
Have you ever had colored cauliflower? What is your favorite way to enjoy it?
Cajun Cauliflower Rice Salad
Makes 4 servings, more if serving as a side dish
2c brown rice, or rice of choice
1 can red beans, drained
3c finely chopped cauliflower florets, used a combination of green and purple cauliflower
1c chopped yellow peppers, or sweet peppers of choice
1 tsp Cajun seasoning, add more if desired I start with 1 tsp and those of us that want more adjust after plated
chopped green onions and/or avocado for garnish, optional
This salad can be enjoyed hot or cold. If wanting it warm heat beans and use heated or just cooked rice. In a large bowl mix together beans, rice, and cajun seasoning. Stir in chopped cauliflower and peppers. Plate and top with optional avocado and or green onions as desired. Enjoy!
GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
I’m so not a fan of cauliflower but this looks so pretty!
Stopping by from Meatless Monday 🙂
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Not everyone likes everything, or the same foods. Thank you for your kind comment, I like it when foods look pretty and colorful!
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Oh I love this one-I don’t know which would be better hot or cold? Yummy
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Hard choice! Thank you!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Yes! I love caulirice dishes! So much yummy!
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What a lovely combination of flavors, nice and packed with health, and the cajun flavor would give it a nice kick…..oh and it has beets in….I automatically love it 😉 Thanks for sharing, we NEED to meet and exchange recipes in real life one of these days! Thanks for joining the linkup!
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Thank you! No beets, just cauliflower, rice, peppers, beans, and optional toppings like avocado! We do need to meet in person someday! It would have to be a weekend though so we have enough time to eat all the delicious foods! 😉
Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Gorgeous! I love colorful veggies like this. I just bought a pack of carrots in purple and yellow!
Thank you! I haven’t seen colored carrots around lately, I will have to watch for some! We grew a bunch of heirloom carrots the summer before last.
This looks perfect as a healthy way to celebrate Mardi Gras! I love cauliflower too so this is right up my alley 🙂
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Thank you! Yes we weren’t feeling the usual heavy and indulging Mardi Gras foods this year, guessing because it was earlier this year so I was coming up with something fun, new, and healthy!
I love how pretty and festive this is…perfect for Mardi Gras! Looks delicious, too. I love Cajun spices.
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Thank you! I love when food looks as good as it tastes!!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
How pretty!! I love the different colors of cauliflower!
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Thank you! We had a lot of cauliflower love going on when we found the colored ones on sale at Whole Foods cheaper than the traditional white ones!