Spicy Cauliflower Tapas

By Fruits & Veggies - More Matters
An easy and delicious nibbler or vegetable side dish.

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes or less

Side Dishes

Serves: 4
Cups of Fruits & Vegetables per Serving: 2
Think Variety; Think Color: Yellow/Orange, White


  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • coarse salt (optional)


Heat olive oil in a small skillet; add garlic and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Using a large saucepan, place cauliflower in a steamer rack over boiling water. Cover and cook until firm but tender. Place into a glass, medium-sized bowl.  Add lemon juice and grated peel to cooled flavored oil and mix well. Pour over warm cauliflower; toss gently and cool, covered, to room temperature. Just before serving, toss with chopped cilantro. Sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired.


Each serving provides:  An excellent source of vitamin C, folate and fiber, and a good source of potassium.


Nutritional Information

  • Calories:    84
  • Carbohydrates:    14g
  • Total Fat:    2.7g
  • Cholesterol:    0mg
  • Saturated Fat:   0.4g
  • Dietary Fiber:    6g
  • % of Calories from Fat:    25%
  • Sodium:    65 mg
  • Protein:    4g
  • Recipe Credit
  • Recipe courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.



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