Grilled Cauliflower Slices with Pecan Basil Pesto

Submitted by: Krista Rollins, Joyful Healthy Eats

Think veggies are a boring side dish? Think twice with these grilled cauliflower slides with pecan pesto, perfect for backyard barbecues this summer.


  • 2 heads of cauliflower, cut into 8 1-inch cauliflower slices
  • 1 tablespoon pecan, avocado or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the pesto:*
  • 2 cups fresh packed basil
  • 1/4 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup pecan or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 375 to 400 degrees F.
  2. Brush both sides of cauliflower slices with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Gently place seasoned cauliflower slices on grill. Grill each side for 4 minutes, gently flipping with a spatula.
  4. Remove cauliflower slices from grill and let rest.
  5. Make the pesto: in a food processor, pulse the ingredients for pesto: basil, raw pecans, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon zest until the basil is finely chopped. Slowly add in the olive oil and combine to blend until combined.
  6. Transfer pesto to a bowl and stir in the parmesan cheese.
  7. To serve, top cauliflower slices with pesto.

*You can also use your favorite store-bought pesto 

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