Cauliflower Ceviche

Posted on 08/08/09 in Recipes, 8 Comments

Cauliflower Ceviche

Ceviche is the perfect summer dish. There are unlimited combinations of fruits, veggies, and seafood, and it’s always light and fresh tasting.
This version is vegan friendly, substituting cauliflower for fish. If you can find purple cauliflower, you will get a very colorful variation on this dish.

2 heads cauliflower
1 medium spanish yellow onion, small diced
4-6 serrano chiles, fire-roasted, minced, (optional – seeds removed for less heat)
12 plum tomatoes, medium diced
1 bunch cilantro, stems removed and discarded, leaves roughly chopped
8 limes, juiced
Kosher Salt

Trim off the leaves and the stem of the cauliflower and discard, leaving only the florets. Snap the whole cauliflower into smaller florets and blanch in salted, boiling water for 6 minutes, until the cauliflower has softened slighly. Remove from the pot, drain, and place the cauliflower in cold ice water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, chop the florets to a small dice. Place in a non-reactive bowl, mix in the lime juice, refrigerate, and then allow to marinate and absorb the acid for at least 2 hours. Finally, combine the cauliflower with the tomato, onion, serrano chiles, and cilantro. Season with kosher salt to taste. Serve with corn tostadas and your favorite hot sauce.


  1. Phillippa Cannon

    I’m delighted you posted this recipe so quickly. I tried it this morning at the demo at Green City Market and it was delicious.

    Posted 8-8-2009 , Reply

  2. chEfrain

    i’m so glad you enjoyed this! This recipe is actually from my aunt Pati who lives in Guadalajara. It’s kind of addictive.

    Posted 8-10-2009 , Reply

  3. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

    Thank you for such a wonderful dinner this past Friday. I was part of the group with Verizon Wireless and I cannot wait to try this recipe! This whole dining experience was a delight! Thank you!

    Posted 7-2-2012 , Reply

  4. Amanda

    I too was with the Verizon group and LOVED this recipe.  Will be making it for a 4th of July party this week.  

    Posted 7-2-2012 , Reply

  5. chEfrain

    Enjoy your 4th of July! It was a pleasure cooking for you last week. enjoy the ceviche

    Posted 7-3-2012 , Reply

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