Cauliflower “Couscous” with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

This Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is quite possibly the most delicious nutritious dressing on the face of this planet; and would pair well with pretty much anything, but especially this cauliflower “couscous”.

cauliflower couscous with creamy cilantro lime dressing

Those of you that have tried cauliflower pizza crust are well aware that it doesn’t exactly replicate “real” pizza crust. However, cauliflower “couscous” comes remarkably close to the resemblance of actual couscous. The cauliflower “couscous” is basically a blank slate, so feel free to add whatever spices, nuts, veggies, dried fruit that you prefer. I made one version with green onion, craisins and olive oil that was delicious. But then after making this version with the Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing; I knew which recipe I HAD to share with you!

cauliflower couscous with creamy cilantro lime dressing

Cauliflower “couscous” is super easy to make. Just grind up fresh cauliflower florets in a food processor until they resemble couscous. I did mine in a couple of batches. You’ll only need to pulse the food processor for a couple of seconds. Some cauliflower “couscous” recipes instruct you to steam the cauliflower after it is ground. I do not think this is necessary and prefer mine raw. For a full tutorial on making cauliflower “couscous”, this is a great link to check out. 

cauliflower couscous with creamy cilantro lime dressing

This is great served as a light meal on its own or as a side to some grilled fish or chicken. And the dressing… oh that dressing… would be absolutely wonderful on pretty much any salad. I’ve even been dipping baby carrots and crackers into it. I didn’t pour the entire serving of dressing over the salad, as I think it would be a little too much.

cauliflower couscous with creamy cilantro lime dressing

Cauliflower “Couscous” with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: serves 3-4

Light and fluffy cauliflower "couscous" with the most awesome dressing EVER!


    For the cauliflower "couscous":
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup halved & quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber (about 2 Persian cucumbers)
  • 1 minced jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed
  • 1/4-1/3 cup crumbled feta (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 jalapeno, with ribs & seeds
  • 2/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, I used a 5.3 oz container of Chobani
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro


    For the cauliflower "couscous":
  • Pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor a few times and until cauliflower has a couscous texture. You may need to remove "couscous" and continue to pulse florets that did not grind well.
  • Toss cauliflower "couscous" along with all other "couscous" ingredients in a medium to large bowl.
  • For the dressing:
  • Add all dressing ingredients into the bowl of a food processor or pitcher of a blender and puree until smooth with little green flecks. Transfer to a container with a lid. You probably won't want to use all of your dressing for the cauliflower "couscous".


Feel free to add or omit any ingredients that you wish. This recipe is very adaptable. I had planned on adding a diced avocado (which I think would be delish), but forgot. :(

cauliflower couscous with creamy cilantro lime dressing

Something to think about….

How was your weekend? Did you do anything special for Father’s Day? My weekend mainly included getting ready for my vacay to Florida. I’ll be leaving tonight!!! I did stop by my parents’ house to give my dad a special treat; which he LOVED. Apple desserts are his favorite, so I made this Apple Crisp from Recipe Girl. I took a taste and I must say, it was pretty incredible. Even my sister, who doesn’t typically like apple desserts, thought it was really good. It’s super easy too!

Have you ever made cauliflower “couscous” or “rice”? For another super tasty “riced” cauliflower recipe; check out my Guacamole Cauliflower Rice.

Have a marvelous Monday and be sure to check back tomorrow for a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers!


  1. Good to know I’m not the only one not calling it Cauliflower ‘Rice’ but ‘Couscous’. Not like it made any taste difference but it just always reminded me more of the latter. Your recipe sounds really delicious – it contains the three magical ‘c’s: chickpeas [addicted!], cucumber and cherry tomatoes so how could it not be?! I’ve been making cauliflower couscous forever and it’s delicious. One dish I’ve been really enjoying lately is adding cooked wheatberries, carrots, chickpeas, dried mulberries, cinnamon and cumin topped with soy yogurt. It’s so good.
    Safe travels and enjoy your time in Florida!
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  2. Oh this looks wonderful!!!! I made cauliflower rice/couscous before, but I couldnt make it look anywhere near as good as this. I love the combination of flavors! This would be a perfect summertime dinner, and I am pinning right now. Even runners crave days without those starchy carbs :) This would be a great pre carb loading meal!
    Tina Muir Meatless Monday: Summertime SmoothiesMy Profile

  3. I haven’t tried the whole cauliflower rice thing yet but I need to! It looks delicious!
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  4. it’s actually remarkable how versatile cauliflower is!!! I recently found gluten-free couscous (not sure how that’s possible) so I’m intrigued to try that out but if it sucks (and it probably will haha) i will give cauliflower couscous a try!
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven {Pre-Order!} Introducing: Gluten-Free Breakfasts E-Cookbook!My Profile

  5. Confession: I’ve never actually had couscous, so I have no idea what it’s supposed to taste/feel like, and you could probably feed me the cauliflower version without me knowing the difference… but I might catch on in a few hours when my stomach caught on to the ploy ;)

    And eeeee! You’re leaving todayyy! Have a blast and send some sunshine my way :D
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