Crispy BBQ Cauliflower Salad

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Are you craving something crispy and filled with flavor? Look no further! This BBQ Cauliflower Kale Salad will blow your mind and have you dancing with spring and summer vibes. It's easy to make, ready in just 30 minutes, and oh-so-delicious! The cauliflower achieves that extra crispiness with the "Convection Roast" setting in your oven, or you can opt for regular baking or air frying.

Who said salads have to be bland? Get ready to experience a symphony of flavors and textures with the Crispy BBQ Cauliflower Salad! This recipe is the ultimate fusion the worlds CRISPIEST BBQ cauliflower and the tastiest Creamy BBQ Salad Dressing your Kale Salad has ever had!

Prepare yourselves for the CRISPIEST CAULI EVER! This BBQ Cauliflower Kale Salad is more than just a salad – it’s an explosion of flavors and textures that’ll transport you to a world of spring and summer vibes! With each bite, you’ll savor the perfect combination of crispy cauliflower, tangy BBQ sauce, and a refreshing kale salad drizzled with a creamy BBQ dressing. It’s a dish that’s easy to make, ready in 30 minutes, and loaded with deliciousness!

The Crispiest BBQ Cauliflower you say; How do you do it?

To achieve the ultimate crispiness, I’ve got a secret: baking the cauliflower on the “Convection Roast” setting in the oven. If your oven doesn’t have this feature, don’t worry – regular baking or popping these beauties into the air fryer will work perfectly fine!

This salad might have a lot of ingredients but I promise you they are not hard to find and you probably have them all already!

Here is what you will need for this Crispy BBQ Cauliflower Salad:

  • cauliflower
  • plant milk of choice
  • brown rice flour
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
  • kale
  • bell pepper
  • red onion
  • yellow corn
  • cherry tomatoes
  • English cucumber
  • green beans
  • carrot
  • almond milk greek yogurt
  • lime, juiced
  • ACV


This Salad comes together incredibly quickly and might even be eating faster than that! Enjoy this salad as a side or all on its own! Pairs particularly nicely with these other recipes on a hot summer day:

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Crispy BBQ Cauliflower Salad

Are you ready for the CRISPIEST CAULI EVER?! 🤩 This BBQ Cauliflower Kale Salad is blow-your-mind good and is perrrrfect for channeling spring and summa VIBEZ. 🙌🏼 This cauliflower is easy to make, ready in 30, and full of flavor! It’s made EXTRA crisp by baking on the “Convection Roast” setting if your oven has it, otherwise regular baking or throwing these in the air fryer will be just fine. 😋 Check out the full recipe including the deets on this Creamy BBQ Salad Dressing below! 😚
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • Oven


Cauliflower Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower cut into florets (not too small!!)
  • 1 cup plant milk of choice
  • ¾ cup brown rice flour or all purpose
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce divided (this has more of a honey mustard tang, but traditional BBQ would work too)

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 bunch lacinto kale chopped and drizzled with 1 tsp EVOO + lemon juice, massaged until tender
  • ½ bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp red onion chopped
  • ¼ cup yellow corn
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ english cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup green beans blanched
  • 1 carrot shredded

Creamy BBQ Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp almond milk greek yogurt or yogurt or choice
  • 2 tbsp Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp ACV


  • Add cauliflower florets to a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients for batter, reserving 1/2 C of BBQ sauce for later. Consistency of batter should be slightly thinner than pancake batter.
  • Pour over cauliflower and toss to lightly coat. Spread each floret 2” apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes until crisp and golden - do not flip.
  • Meanwhile, add all ingredients for salad to bowls. Mix all ingredients for dressing and season to taste. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.
  • Heat remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce in sauce pan until warm. Remove cauliflower from oven and toss with warm BBQ sauce to coat.
  • Add cauliflower to salads and garnish with fresh parsley!
Keyword bbq, bowl, crispy, dairy free, gluten free, oil free, plant based, salad
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