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Thai Carrot Cauliflower Rice Salad with Avocado Cream Dressing {Vegan, Paleo}

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -5 cups 1x


Thai carrot cauliflower rice salad with avocado cream dressing. A quick and healthy vegetable salad with tons of flavor! (vegan, paleo, whole30 options)



Avocado Cream Dressing:

  • 1 lemongrass stalk (2 tbsp minced)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 c coconut milk or almond milk
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh grated ginger or 1/2 tsp ground
  • 12 tsp chili sauce (or sriacha)
  • pinch of White pepper or black (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt salt
  • 2 tsp gluten free tamari (use coconut aminos is whole30)
  • Optional 1 tbsp sweetener of choice (see notes) honey, agave, or coconut sugar (Omit if whole30)
  • Optional 2 tbsp water or oil to thin out dressing

For the Cauliflower Rice Salad:

  • 1/4 c white onion (chopped)
  • 14 oz or 1 small head cauliflower
  • 12 large carrots with ends cut off
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 12 tsp avocado or coconut oil
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 2 spring onions (chopped)
  • 12 red peppers (Thai)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Crushed roasted almonds
  • Lime juice
  • Salt/pepper to taste


  1. First make the dressing.
  2. Simply blend the lemongrass (minced), avocado, garlic, and, coconut milk. Once blended add in your spices tamari, chili sauce, and ginger. Depending on what chili sauce you use, your sauce will either be more green or more yellow/red in color. All taste great!
  3. You can thin out the avocado cream dressing by adding in 2-4 tbsp of water or coconut milk, and a little oil. Mix until texture is thinner. If you want it sweeter, add in 1 tbsp sweetener of choice such as honey, coconut sugar, or agave.
  4. Next, make your “rice”salad. Start by cutting the cauliflower/carrot into smaller pieces. Working in batches, place 1 cup of your veggies in food processor. Pulse until “riced”.  Scrape sides between pulses if needed. Repeat until all the veggies are riced and placed in a large bowl.
  5. Next, chop the onion, green onion, and peppers.
  6. In a small pan, heat garlic, oil, and onion. Saute until fragrant. 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add in your carrot and cauliflower rice. Cook on medium for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add in 1/2 c coconut milk. If you want a creamier salad, add in 2-3 tablespoons of your avocado cream dressing (reserve the rest for topping)
  9. Cook on medium, coating carrot cauliflower rice. Add a dash of salt/pepper and splash of lime juice. Mix again.
  10. Remove from heat. Place carrot cauliflower rice in large bowl.
  11. Mix in green onion, cilantro, almonds, red pepper (save a little of each for the garnish).
  12. Toss and garnish with the extra onion, cilantro, almonds, and red pepper. Drizzle avocado cream dressing on each bowl when serving.


If you are looking for a paleo chili sauce to make this whole 30 compliant, Nom Nom Paleo has one on her site. Or here is a paleo sriracha

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min