Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale

Huge thanks to everyone for your kind comments and support on the release of my second cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale! I feel like I’ve been showered with all the butterfly kisses and I can’t thank you enough.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

In honor of yesterday’s publication of Let Them Eat Kale!, I thought I would share one of the recipes from the book.  My friend, Jen Schmidt snapped photos of me prepping the cauliflower rice, and once the recipe was finished, Jen and I both took photos of the end result. She even let me use one of her fancy lenses, which made me feel like a straight-up pro. It was lots of fun taking pictures alongside my friend, who does absolutely outstanding work. I even asked her questions about aperture. I still don’t get it. Joking. Not really.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

Cauliflower rice is one of my favorite foods to make and eat in volume. Grating it requires a little elbow grease, but you can also use a food processor. I figured because cauliflower is a thing and kale is a thing, I may as well put the things together and create the ultimate trendy dish. Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale should be in all your burritos until the end of time. It will make you quiver and slur your words. Or is that tequilla? Bygones.

You may remember how to make cauliflower rice from the Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls or the Jalapeño Ginger Cauliflower Rice, but in case you missed those posts, here’s a little tutorial.

Oh, here I am! I’m about to destroy – nay,  improve – a head of cauliflower.

Julia Mueller

You begin by grating up a whole head of cauliflower and chopping your onion, garlic, and jalapeño.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

You then remove the stems from your kale leaves…

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

… and chop the leaves up. You can use the stems in a smoothie or feed them to your dog!

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

You saute the onion, garlic, and jalapeño until they’re nice and soft. Then add your cauliflower.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

Let the cauliflower cook down for 5 to 8 minutes or so. Then, in go the diced tomatoes, chili powder and salt.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

Followed by the kale leaves. Continue cooking until the kale leaves are nice and wilted.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

What happens next is between you and the cauliflower rice.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale - a recipe from Julia Mueller's cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!

Eat like no one’s watching.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 3 to 4 people

Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large head cauliflower, grated
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cups tightly packed kale leaves*
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes for serving, optional


  1. Remove all of the green stems from the cauliflower and chop the head in half. Using a box grater (or a food processor), grate the whole head of cauliflower.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil to medium-high and sauté the onion until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the jalapeño, and garlic and sauté another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the grated cauliflower and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to turn brown and cook down, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, salt, and chili powder and stir well to combine. Cook until much of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped kale leaves and stir them into the mixture well. Cook until they have turned bright green and have wilted, about 3 minutes.
  7. Serve cauliflower rice alongside your favorite entrée.

P.S. Have you entered my cookbook giveaway yet? You can do so here until 7/31!

Let Them Eat Kale! By Julia Mueller, published July 1, 2014


    • says

      Isn’t it funny how cauliflower “rice” is more fool-proof than regular rice? I have an issue with rice too – it tends to come out poridgy or hard as a rock…very rarely do I get the perfect batch. Let me know If you try the recipe!!

    • says

      OH KELLI, YOU’D LOVE CAULIFLOWER RICE!!! <- Phew! Had to get that off my chest. Anyway, I really do think you’d love it, so let me know when you get on the cauli rice train 😀

  1. says

    This dish was so good! I just ate leftovers for lunch. I will be making it again and again. Congrats on your beautiful cookbook Julia!

    • says

      I wish I could just squuuueeeeeze you right now! Thank you so much for your support, and I’m SO happy you made and enjoyed the cauli rice!

      • Diane Beall says

        Julia, I made the cauliflower Spanish Rice and everyone LOVED it. Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes. I will buy your books soon.

        • says

          I’m so happy to hear that, Diane!!! I love cauliflower rice and it’s amazing all the flavor combinations you can add to it to make it fun and exciting. Thanks so much for your feedback and support!! xoxo

  2. says

    I like this post because it has you.And I lurve you.
    I also really love cauli rice, and had it for dinner today…YUM
    I must try this recipe!
    I know that was the least funny comment ever. But I got no more juice today. But I am pinning this!

    • says

      Oh girly, I always love your comments. Hope you have a rejuvenating weekend and thanks a million for your sweetness! 😀 xoxo

    • says

      Thanks so much, Kari!! The rice is definitely the perfect dish to get cozy with. I love adding it to my burritos or putting it on pretty much anything. Hope you have a marvelous weekend!!

    • says

      I’m a big fan on Spanish-style rice, too! I was so pleasantly amazed at how well the cauliflower rice did when mixed with all them Spanish rice flavors. I think you’ll love the recipe!

  3. says

    Yeeeeehawwwwwww!!!!!! I’m raising a pint of oregon beer to you and this amazing cookbook that highlights one of the greens we grow the most of!!! Cheers to kale!!!! Congrats girl. XOXO

    • says

      Thank you so much, my love! Your support means the world to me! I hope you enjoy the book and can’t wait to hear your feedback!! One of these days, we’ll be able to toast to all of our bloggy achievements together in person. I really must get my ass up there!

  4. says

    My must-make list of recipes from your book is getting longer by the second! But this just got moved to the top. Especially if the CSA cauliflower in my crisper has anything to do with it!


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