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Raw Marinated Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa

  • Author: Chef Serena Poon


1 medium head cauliflower, cleaned and cut into small florets
¼ C fresh squeeze lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest (use a microplane if possible)
½ tsp Himalayan pink salt, more to taste
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
¼ C cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
¼ C Italian parsley, finely chopped
Optional for heat: 1 small serrano chili, sliced paper thin
Jicama taco shells (thinly sliced sheets of raw, peeled jicama
Whole butter lettuce leaves
1 ea medium avocado, sliced
Cilantro sprouts or cilantro leaves for garnish

Mango Salsa Ingredients:

2 ripe mangos, small diced
¼ C red onion, finely chopped
½ ea red or orange bell pepper
1 ea jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped or minced
¼ C fresh cilantro, stems removed, rough chopped
2 ea medium limes, juiced
Himalayan pink salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Thoroughly clean cauliflower and separate into smaller, bite-sized florets. (The stem can also be cut into small, bite-sized pieces if preferred or saved for later.)
  2. Combine the salt, pepper and lemon zest into a small blow and then toss with the cauliflower florets until even covered.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, the oil, parsley, serrano and a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Add the lemon juice marinade to the cauliflower and toss until even coated
  5. Allow the cauliflower to marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Season to taste after.


Mango Salsa Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients together and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Once the cauliflower is marinated and seasoned to your preference, use a jicama sheet or butter lettuce leaf as a “taco shell” and lay two slices of avocado slightly off-center
  3. Add about 2TB of the cauliflower (or more depending on the size of your shell).
  4. Add a teaspoon (or more if you like!) of the mango salsa.
  5. Garnish with some cilantro leaves if preferred.