cauliflower steaks

Whole30 chipotle lime cauliflower steaks

cauliflower steaks

Hey you gorgeous CHIPOTLE LIME CAULIFLOWER STEAKS, welcome to the blog! These have hints of sweetness from the dates and kiss of lime after they come out of the oven. Can a roasted veggie dish be any more beautiful or appetizing!

Yes, it’s another recipe with the combo of chipotle and lime. Seriously one of our most favorite flavor profiles. Are we here to convert you to it as well? ABSOLUTELY! Don’t let the “chipotle” scare you off. While a chipotle pepper is in fact a smoked jalapeno, the combo here with the lime tames the heat and instead lends that smokey flavor.

I was watching the newest season of Queer Eye last week and Antoni whipped up some cauliflower steaks for one of their Heros that is vegan’ish. It looked so delish! I knew instantly that I needed to come up with a Whole30 variation and set out on a flavor quest. Pretty happy with how these chipotle lime cauliflower steaks turned out. Add a drizzle of our TOMATILLO RANCH dressing and you’re done!

tomatillo ranch
creamy tomatillo ranch dressing

I also wanted to implement another recipe using our SMOKEY SPICE RUB so that you all have plenty of options for using it. Make a double batch and keep it in your pantry so you can make our CHIPOTLE LIME FLANK STEAK, CAFE RIO GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD or POBLANO PORK TENDERLOIN. All are Whole30 compatible and so delish!

chipotle lime cauliflower steaks

Recipe by MichelleCourse: sidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: easy


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cauliflower with a kiss of sweet & spicy!


  • 1 head of cauliflower

  • marinade
  • ½ cup avocado oil

  • 2-3 medjoul dates, pitted & roughly chopped

  • 2-3 tsp smokey spice mix

  • ½ tsp kosher salt

  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped

  • Handful of cilantro, roughly chopped + additional for garnish

  • ½ a red onion, cut into small wedges or rings (opt)

  • garnish
  • tomatillo ranch

  • lime wedges

  • chipotle pepper flakes


  • Preheat your oven to 425° and grab that sheet pan!
  • Remove/cut tough outer stems from the head of the cauliflower. Leave the main stem intact as well as any thin green leaves close to the head of the cauliflower. Carefully cut the head in half lengthwise into approximately 2-3 “steaks” that measure about ¾”. Place the steaks on the baking sheet. There will be smaller pieces that fall apart, simply add those to the baking sheet as well.
  • For the marinade, add oil, dates, spice mix, salt, turmeric, garlic & cilantro to a small food processor. Whirl away until all ingredients are well combined and smooth. Pour over the cauliflower on the baking sheet. Use your hands to coat all the steaks and pieces, massaging into those little crevices.
  • If using the red onion, scatter those pieces around the baking sheet with the cauliflower. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 22-25 minutes or until steaks and pieces are fork tender. Remove from the oven and serve with TOMATILLO RANCH and garnish as desired with additional chopped cilantro, lime wedges (squeeze generously over the cauliflower) and chipotle flakes. You can serve this right on the baking sheet (as pictured) or move cauliflower to a serving platter and garnish.

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