Gluten-Free Crispy Cauliflower

Did you know cauliflower is packed with nutrition? Yeah, shocking I know. It’s easy to be fooled by its lack of color.

At our house we are trying to include new foods into our meals. Foods we don’t always pick up at the grocery store, to get more balance and variety, to have more fun… to find new recipes.

Cauliflower contains potent antioxidants that reduce inflammation making it an excellent disease-fighter. One cup has a full dose of the daily value for vitamin C, and it’s a good source of fiber and folate.

Couldn’t keep my hands off these golden nuggets. Salty. Crunchy. Warm. Fresh. Light. Zesty. They would make a terrific party appetizer or weeknight sides that’s a little less than ordinary.

Gluten-Free Crispy Cauliflower
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Serves: 6
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
  • canola oil cooking spray
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ cup Lay's Lightly Salted Potato Chips, crushed
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped and divided
  • ½ cup shredded parmigiano reggiano cheese, divided
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • freshly ground white pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cauliflower pieces on large rimmed baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and massage paprika onto the cauliflower.
  2. In small bowl, mix together crushed potato chips, ¼ cup parsley, ¼ cup cheese, and lemon zest. Add chip mixture to cauliflower and combine with hands until incorporated.
  3. Before placing in oven, top cauliflower with freshly ground white pepper and juice of ½ a lemon.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, mixing halfway to ensure even browning.
  5. Transfer to serving dish, and garnish with remaining parsley, cheese, and lemon juice. Dig in!
“I received free samples from Frito-Lay of the products mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Frito-Lay and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”



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  1. Heather says

    I am 2 days away from finishing my dietetic internship and I've been learning a lot about gluten free living! I would love to take a peek at that recipe book!

    • says

      Let me know what you think!! We had this on Memorial Day and the pickier eaters in our family actually liked it… maybe because it wasn't green? 🙂

  2. Denise M says

    First of all, this recipe looks absolutely delicious and i am always looking for new ways to make cauliflower.

    Second, i would love to win this because i am a gluten free cookbook junkie

  3. says

    Melaina here from Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery,

    Wow! Cauliflower has never looked so tasty! Great recipe with wonderful creativity, we'll definitely be making and sharing this around the office! Also, what a fun giveaway! Good luck to all the participants! 🙂

  4. says

    Great recipe, I love cauliflower. My mom in law just found out that she has a gluten allergy, so this is the perfect recipe to cook when she comes over this weekend. Thanks.

    • says

      You're welcome! The good news is there are lots of gluten-free products on the market now and more restaurants are starting to expand their options. It can be tough– hope she liked the cauliflower!

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