The Best Caulirice Recipe with Fresh Herbs and Arugula

by integrativethyroid

This is the best caulirice recipe you will come across. Why? It’s because the compliment of the lemony and peppery arugula contrast the earthy base of the cauliflower so well. Plus some extra acidity from the lemon, the fat from the extra virgin olive oil, pink salt and small handful of red onion make for a perfect combination.

best caulirice recipe ever

Arugula – the secret ingredient!

This recipe is Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) compliant so its gluten, dairy, soy, nut and nightshade free. It’s a wonderful substitute for a starchy carbohydrate. Those starchy carbs will typically send your insulin levels into overdrive. Add this caulirice to this Roast Lamb dish if you like or combine with any protein like salmon or oven baked chicken. Eat it with other veggies or even just plain. It is that good!

The Best Caulirice Recipe

the best caulirice recipe ever

The Best Caulirice with Fresh Herbs and Arugula

This AIP compliant delicious caulirice will effortlessly take the place of starchy side dishes at your next meal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4


  • cast iron pan
  • kitchen towel
  • large bowl
  • blender, grater or chopper


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbspns olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbspns fresh lemon juice you can used 2 tbspns ACV as substitute
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 2" knob of ginger finley chopped
  • 1 tspn pink salt no iodized salt
  • 1 cup fresh arugula well chopped
  • 7-8 leaves basil and/or flat parsley chopped



  • Wash cauliflower, peel leaves and cut in half
  • Remove thich trunk stem from the middle of each side
  • Cut into florets
  • Grate or Blend florets into very small pieces, until it looks like rice
  • Place caulirice into kitchen towel and make sure to squeeze and liquid out


  • Heat cast iron pan and add 1 tbspn oil
  • Add chopped ginger and garlic and sautee for 30 seconds
  • Add caulirice and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring often
  • Remove from heat and set aside

Seasoning for the Caulirice

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 tbspn oil, 1 tspn pink salt, basil, lemon juice or ACV and red onion
  • Toss in caulirice and stir well
  • Add arugula and mix some more
  • Taste salt and add more if needed
  • Enjoy! Keeps in the fridge for 2 days


Keyword AIP recipes, caulirice, gluten free, side dish

More about the Auto Immune Protocol

The Auto Immune Protocol Diet is a short to medium term elimination diet. Developed by Loren Cordain, PhD, a scientist who discovered that certain foods can trigger inflammation in people with autoimmune disease. It focuses on fresh vegetables, good fats, lean organic meats and low sugar fruits. 

The diet eliminates inflammatory items and immune stimulants. Examples are excess sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine and alcohol. Even grains like lentils and rice plus nuts, simple carbohydrates, eggs, corn and the nightshade family are removed in the elimination phase.



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