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Vegan spicy ceviche with cauliflower

Cauliflower spicy ceviche (aguachile style)

This vegan cauliflower aguachile recipe is a spicy Mexican style ceviche with lime, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, onion, cucumber, garlic, and no oil.
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Low fat, South American, Vegan
Keyword aguachile ceviche, cauliflower ceviche, spicy vegan ceviche
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 94kcal


  • 1 small cauliflower
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapeños use serranos for a spicier version or remove veins/seeds for less spicy version
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cucumber leave skin on if it’s an English cucumber or peel and remove seeds if not
  • ½ bunch cilantro washed
  • 8 limes juiced
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and cut the cauliflower into large chunks. Boil the cauliflower in a small amount of water for about 3-5 minutes or until it’s tender but not too soft. Remove from the heat and let it cool down.
    Steamed cauliflower
  • Meanwhile place the red onion slices in a bowl with cold water and rinse them well – this helps remove the bitterness.
    Marinated red onions
  • In a blender, place the jalapeños (cut into large chunks), the garlic clove, ½ of the cucumber (cut into large chunks), the cilantro, half of the lime juice, and a few pinches of salt. Blend until you have a smooth juicy mix without any chunks.
    preparing the aguachile sauce
  • Cut the cooked cauliflower into small bite size pieces. Add the rinsed red onion slices to the cauliflower, add the rest of lime juice, salt to taste and mix well.
    Onions on cauliflower
  • Add the blended cilantro lime juice mix to the cauliflower onion, mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Two hours is ideal.
    Mix the aguachile sauce with cauliflower and onions
  • When ready to serve, cut the remaining half cucumber into slices and use it decorate the serving bowl. You can also add avocado slices on top. Serve with corn tostadas or chips.
    Cauliflower aguachile style spicy ceviche


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 120.5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1.6mg