Cauliflower Quinoa Patties

Cauliflower Quinoa Patties

I’ve been making different versions of these Cauliflower Quinoa Cakes for a couple of years now. I guess I first made them shortly after the recipe was published on my friend France’s blog in the summer of 2013.

Speaking of her blog, when you get a chance, you should hop on over to check out her recently rebranded site. Formerly ‘Beyond the Peel’, it is now The Restless Palate. While not 100% gluten free, all the recipes are real food based and you know that most real foods are naturally gluten free.

Fresh Basil

One of the things I enjoy most about recipes found on The Restless Palate, is the number of variations France offers and this recipe is no exception. France kindly consented to letting me share this version of her recipe.

Fresh Basil

I used Kale in the patties pictured here but have also used chopped beet greens and stems instead of kale. I love how the red stems add another dimension to the colour palate and enhance the flavour profile.

Cauliflower Quinoa Patties

Our whole family, including our two-year old granddaughter, loves these veggie patties. Little K devoured these not long after her introduction to a solid food diet (once we knew she was okay with eggs).

Cauliflower Quinoa Patties

You will find this recipe makes a large batch but the patties hold up well in the freezer. I fry up the batch in one go, serve what we need for our meal and freeze the rest with a piece of parchment paper between the layers so it’s easy enough to pull out just how many you need for the day’s meal.

Cauliflower Quinoa Patties

Not only are the patties delicious as a side dish, they’re sturdy enough to serve as a burger patty for a vegetarian meal. It’s always nice to have a few of these stashed away in the freezer.

Cauliflower Quinoa Patties

If you’re looking for the perfect sauce to go with these patties, you should check out the Roasted Pepper and Tomato Sauce recipe on The Restless Palate.

Cauliflower Quinoa Patties
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Summary: Quinoa Patties with lots of fresh basil, chopped cauliflower, carrots and baby kale. Based on recipe Cauliflower Quinoa Cakes recipe by Restless Palate. The Fox Family loves these veggie patties.
Gluten Free | Refined Sugar Free | Real Food | Vegetarian
  • 3 Cups cooked quinoa (about 1 Cup cooked in 2 Cups water)
  • 2 Cups cauliflower, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 Cups chopped kale, or beet greens and stems
  • 1 Cup fresh basil, or cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 5 extra-large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp tapioca starch, or arrowroot powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan, or asiago cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 Cup hemp hearts (optional)
  1. In an extra-large bowl, add cooked quinoa, chopped cauliflower and carrots. Note: you can use a food processor, or you can grate, or chop the vegetables by hand if preferred.
  2. To the same bowl, add chopped kale, basil, onions, eggs, tapioca starch, salt, pepper, cheese and hemp hearts (if using).
  3. Stir until well blended.
  4. Add a small amount of oil (I used coconut oil) to a large frying pan, heat to medium.
  5. Scoop about 1/3 cup of vegetable mixture, press flat and round to form patties, drop into heated frying pan.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes and flatten if necessary. Use caution as patties may crumble at first. Continue cooking until brown around the edges. Flip over to cook on the other side.
  7. Serve warm, or allow to cool and freeze between layers of parchment paper.

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  1. Karen says:

    Do you think this would work (stay together) leaving out the cheese to make it dairy free? If it just needs the cheese taste, maybe I could add some nutritional yeast?

    • Laureen Fox says:

      Hi Karen,

      I haven’t tried making them without cheese. I like your idea of adding nutritional yeast. I do think the cheese helps to hold the patties together but you could try adding a tablespoon or two of psyllium husk, or ground flax to help with binding.

      Thanks for stopping by and please let us know how it turns out.
      — Laureen

  2. Very nice patties with quinoa and cauliflower, I will try with skipping egg and adding something else because I do not eat egg. # Full plate Thursday. I have linked “Green peas cutlet”.

    • Laureen Fox says:

      Hi Sadhna,

      It was nice to have you stop in. I checked out your “Green Pea Cutlets”. I love green peas and have bookmarked your recipe to give them a try. Thanks.

      — Laureen

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Laureen,
    I have everything I need to make your awesome Cauliflower Quinoa Patties, I can’t wait! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Your Cauliflower Quinoa Patties look delicious, Laureen, and they are full of so much goodness! Featuring at this week’s Hearth and Soul hop! Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • Laureen Fox says:

      Elise, my husband is not crazy for quinoa but he loves these patties. Make sure you rinse the quinoa very well before cooking and that should take care of most of the bitterness. Or have you tries other kinds of quinoa? I love red quinoa and I think the black quinoa has an almost nutty taste to it.

      Please do let us know if you were able to pass these off on the kids.
      — Laureen

  5. Raia says:

    Wow! What a unique and delicious sounding recipe, Laureen! Thanks so much for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays! It’s been pinned to our group board. Hope to see you back at this weekend’s party!

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