Cauliflower Banh Mi

A Cauliflower Banh Mi is a delicious and creative plant-based twist on the traditional Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich. Here’s a recipe for you to try:


For the Cauliflower:

  • One medium-sized cauliflower, cut into florets
  • Three tablespoons soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons rice vinegar
  • One tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  • One teaspoon sesame oil
  • One teaspoon Sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)

For Pickled Vegetables:

  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • One daikon radish, julienned
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • Two tablespoons sugar
  • One teaspoon salt

For Assembly:

  • Baguettes or rolls (use gluten-free if needed)
  • Vegan mayo
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced jalapeños
  • Optional: Sriracha for added spice


Prepare the Pickled Vegetables:

In a bowl, combine julienned carrots and daikon radish with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Toss well to coat the vegetables. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Roast the Cauliflower:

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, sesame oil, and Sriracha.

Toss cauliflower florets in the sauce until well coated.

Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for about 25-30 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown, turning them halfway through.

Assemble the Banh Mi:

Slice the baguettes or rolls and spread a layer of vegan mayo on each side.

Place a generous amount of the roasted cauliflower on the bottom half of the bread.

Top with pickled vegetables, sliced cucumbers, jalapeños, and fresh cilantro leaves.

If you like it spicier, you can drizzle some Sriracha on top.

Close the sandwich with the top half of the baguette.

Serve and Enjoy:

Slice the cauliflower Banh Mi in half, if desired, and serve immediately.

This plant-based Cauliflower Banh Mi offers a wonderful combination of flavors and textures, from the savory roasted cauliflower to the tangy pickled vegetables and the freshness of cilantro. Enjoy your tasty and vegan-friendly Banh Mi!

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