Paleo Tabouleh

Although I don’t subscribe to the whole paleo thing, I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables. I got a head of cauliflower, and just steaming it seemed boring. I stumbled across a YouTube video of someone using cauliflower as a substitute for rice or other grains, simply by pulsing it a few times in the food processor. They made a grain-free tabouleh, which looked pretty good, so I decided to try it myself. Came out really good, and aside from the pale colour you probably would have a hard time guessing what the main ingredient was if noone told you.


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 6 radishes
  • 1 bunch parsely
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 small cucumbers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • juice of one lemon


  1. Wash all veggies and dry off.
  2. Peel garlic and pulse in food processor until broken up into tiny pieces and stuck to sides
  3. Cut cauliflower into smallish pieces and pulse in food processor (with garlic) about 6-10 times, until the pieces are roughly the size of grains of rice. Remove to large bowl. If there are any large chunks left over, leave in processor.
  4. Cut cucumbers and tomatoes into eights, split radishes if large, and add to food processor along with parsely and any remaning cauliflower chunks. Pulse until chopped into very small pieces. Add to cauliflower. 
  5. Squeeze in lemon juice and mix well. Season to taste with EVOO (leave out for fat free), salt (leave out for sodium free), and freshly ground black pepper.  


  1. Some colourful bell peppers would be good, or a jalapeno for heat. Zucchini would also go well, perhaps instead of the radishes.
  2. Be careful not to overprocess the veggies or they will turn to mush. Pulse slowly, and scrape down the sides a few times as you go to make sure everything is chopped evenly. Even with the pauses, it’s still a lot less work than chopping everything by hand.