Cauliflower Rice with Fresh Peas and Cumin

by Susan on February 28, 2014

Rawmazing Cauliflower and Peas

Cauliflower. It isn’t a word that makes your heart skip a beat, or makes you start to salivate. But it is a work horse that can don many coats. I have used it as a pizza crust, a base for “stir-fry”, roasted it, made cauliflower steaks in the dehydrator and even made raw mashed “potatoes” with it.  I love cauliflower for it’s diversity. You will love it with peas and cumin in this easy, raw recipe that will remind you that spring is right around the corner. 

Did you know that cauliflower has wonderful health benefits? It is a cruciferous vegetable, a member of the powerhouse team. It is considered to be a cancer preventer, and Cauliflower also has phytonutrients that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity. Can’t beat that! Cauliflower is a good source of Vitamin C and Manganese, and it’s levels of vitamin K make it an inflammatory fighter, too. 

With many parts of the country still being savaged by winter, I wanted to bring you a recipe that will remind you that spring isn’t too far away. Cauliflower and fresh peas go beautifully together. When you top everything off with a lemon and cumin dressing, it all comes alive! Give this one a whirl. I know you won’t be disappointed. 

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Julie @ The Simple Veganista March 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

I love fresh peas and have yet to try cauliflower rice. This recipe looks like something I must try very soon! Just delicious :)


Lois March 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I love both cauliflower and fresh peas, unfortunately we don’t have fresh peas available in Calgary, Alberta. Currently our temperature is -28C with a windchill making it -40C. I am looking forward to trying the recipe it looks very good and easy to make.


Emma March 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

This looks gorgeous. I love how simple and spring-like the recipe is!
Fresh peas are delicious.


Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today March 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

It sounds so healthy and yummy.


Christine March 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I am really confused when fresh peas end up in raw food recipes. Trader Joe’s sells fresh shelled peas and they are hard as a rock. How then do you eat them? Are there different kinds of peas? And do you use them in this recipe? Confused…


Annette March 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I Just voted!
I’ve been wanting to try a cauliflower raw dishes I’ve only made a Raw Popcorn with the Cauli this looks delicious.

Best hope you win.


Ursula March 4, 2014 at 2:09 am

Susan a big THANK YOU for all your delicious recipes and the great pics. Can’t get enough of them. And additionally your suggestions are healthy and contribute to feeling well. Many thanks again from Switzerland. I appreciate every single mail – for me they are just perfect.


bymihaela March 4, 2014 at 6:40 am

Done! I nominated your wonderful website!


Laura Black March 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Hey Susan! This recipe looks wonderful. I’ve used cauliflower before in a “non-traditional” sense making grilled cauliflower sandwiches from the “Fit for Life” book by the Diamonds. I love the idea of using cauliflower to replace rice. Brilliant. It looks mighty tasty. Also, good luck with your food blog award. I submitted my entry on your behalf. :)


Malena March 6, 2014 at 1:13 am

Voted and ask your permission to share a request for all my friends to vote for you and their friends as well. I don’t want to do something which might set you back!
Love everything about this website!
Thank you for teaching and sharing in such a visual manner. I love all the pictures and the recipe format!
God bless you abundantly, Susan!


Malena March 6, 2014 at 1:15 am

Susan, forgot to ask: so you have e-books for iPad ??
Hope you do!


phyllis March 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I love it! Easy to put together, I had all the ingredients in my home, except the peas, soooo delicious, got me wanting more simple, healthy entrees!


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Ada March 10, 2014 at 1:18 am

I made a lot of green smoothie, but this is the first time to make raw “rice”. Really fantastic, thanks so much !


Sarah March 10, 2014 at 4:44 am

This looks lovely and tasty. Pity my boys don’t like cauliflower but I’ll try it with my other half later in the spring when fresh peas are available.

I just voted as requested in both categories. Good luck!


Michelle March 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

This looks delicious and I will make it along with a curry dish. Heaven!


Sheena March 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Lovely, thank you for sharing this recipe!


SandyMay March 21, 2014 at 4:14 am

“I am really confused when fresh peas end up in raw food recipes. Trader Joe’s sells fresh shelled peas and they are hard as a rock. How then do you eat them? Are there different kinds of peas? And do you use them in this recipe? Confused…”

Buy the sugar snap peas and shell your own, or simply chop on the diagonal if your lazy like me. Peas should be sweet, light and crisp, not like little pellets! Those must be for cooking.

Can’t wait to try this! Great job!


Leah March 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm



Jackie April 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

I’m eating this right now. I didn’t have pinenuts so I substituted hummus on top. Yum. Yum.


Kristen April 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Delicious! Just made it and love it. Thanks!


Sophie May 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Delicious recipe! This is the first meal of my raw diet and is definitely going to be a staple.


Susan May 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Great to hear, Sophie!


Msdeb May 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I used organic frozen peas . . . . they’re still raw, right? Yummy!!!!


Susan May 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

It depends on whether they were flash frozen, or how they were handled when packed. Cheers!


Jaya May 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

I am considering turning to raw foods because of fibromyalgia. i have a question though: don’t you blanch the cauliflowers first? you just wash and pulse? doesn’t look so appetizing to somebody new to raw foods. :(

would love some suggestions regarding this type of diet.



Susan May 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

No, we don’t blanch because then it wouldn’t be raw anymore. Cheers!


Peter P July 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Tried this recipe, and it’s fantastic! One suggestion for added nutrients to more resemble a “fried rice,” shredded carrot? :)


Susan July 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, Peter! I do have a “fried rice” recipe here: This one was all about the fresh peas and cumin combination. Cheers!


Veronica Magnussen November 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes!! Ohh is so wonderful!! But I wonder what you mean with the measurement: ‘cup’??
Like how much is 1 cup?? I am not sure of this..

Lots of love,


Susan November 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

It is a measurement used in the US. You can find conversion charts on-line. Cheers!


anita December 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

made this tonight, i added cilantro and lime….rawmazing


Ashlee December 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

Mouth is currently watering.


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