Cauliflower salad with spicy shallot vinaigrette {Ensalada de coliflor al aji}

Easy cauliflower salad recipe

Easy recipe for  a cauliflower salad, tossed with a spicy shallot vinaigrette made with Anaheim pepper, jalapeño,  shallots, champagne vinegar, olive oil, garlic and cilantro. This spicy cauliflower salad, also known as ensalada de coliflor al aji, is a quick and easy to make salad recipe – perfect for those who love some spice and heat in a refreshing salad.

Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that used to confuse me and leave me without many options, what could I cook with it? A soup, just plain as a side, it just seemed pretty plain and boring. Then one day I had a cauliflower that needed to be used, and a lot of peppers and jalapeños, so I decided to spice the cauliflower up a little with a hot pepper and shallot vinaigrette. We all loved it. The husband started buying cauliflowers more frequently and requesting it extra spicy.  I used a mix Anaheim and Jalapeño peppers for this recipe, but it also works well with spicier peppers if you want a higher level of heat – for a lower amount of heat, you can just use the Anaheim peppers. This cauliflower salad is very easy to make and can be served warm or cold. As a cold salad, it is one of those that tastes better the longer the cauliflower has been marinating in the vinaigrette. Serve this salad as a starter salad or as a side dish.

Cauliflower salad with spicy vinaigrette

Cauliflower salad with spicy shallot vinaigrette
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Yield: For ~4 people

Cauliflower salad with spicy shallot vinaigrette

Cauliflower salad with a spicy shallot vinaigrette made with Anaheim pepper, jalapeño, shallots, champagne vinegar, olive oil, garlic and cilantro.


  • 1 medium sized cauliflower, washed and cut into florets
  • Spicy shallot vinaigrette:
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • 1 jalapeño or red fresno chili (or Serrano peppers), adjust to taste – remove seeds/veins for less heat
  • 2 medium shallots
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbs champagne vinegar (can also use apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 tbs water
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste


  1. Bring water to boil and add the cauliflower, boil for 1-2 minutes. Drain.
  2. To make the vinaigrette combine the garlic, Anaheim pepper, jalapeño, shallots, lime juice, vinegar, water and olive oil in a mini food processor and pulse until all the ingredients are finely minced.
  3. Toss the cauliflower with the vinaigrette and salt to taste. Can be served immediately or chilled until ready to serve.
  4. Sprinkled with the chopped cilantro right before serving.

Spicy shallot vinaigrette cauliflower salad

cauliflower salad

This post was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by Layla Pujol


  1. This is SO GOOD! Thank you!

  2. This looks delicious! I usually make croquettes and I’ve made them grilled. This is such a refreshing take on it! Thank you!

  3. hay laylita tu me vas a matar del hambre

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