Cauliflower & Chard Fritters with Spicy Yogurt Cilantro Sauce

Holy vegetables.

So that veggie box I told you about? Every Friday it arrives and I’m kinda like, “Hmm… that doesn’t seem like all that much food. How much did we pay for this?” And then Thursday night comes around and I’m thinking, “Crap! How are we going to use up all this food before another box comes?!”

Top down view of a two fried cauliflower chard fritters on a wooden cutting board.

I’ve resorted to eating cabbage risotto and Soba Noodle Salads for breakfast.. yummm.

Side oblique angle of a cauliflower chard fritters on a white ceramic plate sitting on a bamboo cutting board.

As it would turn out, we still had a drawer filled with veggies that needed to be used come Friday, and I needed to make room for the new bounty that was due to arrive in a couple hours.

Oblique view of a stack of two cauliflower and chard fritters on a white porcelain plate in the foreground. A second plate along with with a square bowl full of cilantro and yogurt dipping sauce is in the background.

So I grabbed the head of cauliflower that I had been hmm-ing and haw-ing over and mashed it up with some chard that was on it’s last legs. A bit of nutritional yeast and some fresh herbs later, we had a fancy-schmancy [[but not really]] meal on our hands!

Top down view of two white porcelain plates containing cauliflower and chard fritters. The plates are sitting on a bamboo cutting board along with knives, forks, and parsley leaves.

I threw together a quick sauce with what I could find in the fridge… namely some yogurt, cilantro, and cayenne pepper.

Oblique view of a square bowl of cilantro dipping sauce with a plate of fritters in the back ground.

It’s a bit odd at first, but I found that I really liked it a few bites in. So much that I couldn’t imagine eating these without. My husband A.J., the smart man that he is, added ketchup on the side and brought it to a whole new level.



Closeup view of fitters made with cauliflower and chard along with a yogurt cilantro dipping sauce.

Cauliflower & Chard Fritters with Spicy Yogurt Cilantro Sauce

  • Author:
    Raquel Smith

  • Prep Time:
    15 mins

  • Cook Time:
    15 mins

  • Total Time:
    30 minutes

  • Yield:
    9 fritters


A tasty recipe for vegan cauliflower fritters! With an optional yogurt sauce that makes the best of a tangy-spicy mix. Easy enough to make for a quick lunch!


For the Fritters:

  • 1 lb cauliflower flourets
  • 2 heaping Tbsp flax seed + 6 Tbsp water
  • 3 large leaves chard, chopped
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • pinch salt

For the Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch salt
  • ketchup, for serving, optional


For the Fritters:

  1. Steam the cauliflower in steamer insert made for a stock pot for 5 minutes. Remove and rinse under cold water briefly to stop the cooking. Set aside to cool a bit.
  2. Combine the flax seed and water and set aside to thicken.
  3. Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it is chopped (but not too much – you don’t want it to turn into mush) (alternatively, you can do this with a chef’s knife, it’ll just take a bit longer). Transfer the chopped cauliflower to a large bowl. Add the chopped chard, the flax mix, and the remaining ingredients. Mix well until everything is well-coated and a bit sticky.
  4. Place a skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Let it warm for a minute or so over the stove.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, take a heaping scoop of the cauliflower mix and compact it well. Turn it out into your hands and form it into a ball-ish shape. Turn it onto the hot skillet and cook for about 4-5 minutes, until dark golden brown. Flip, press down to flatten if necessary, and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter, cooking a few at a time and greasing the pan between batches.

For the Spicy Yogurt Cilantro Sauce:

  1. Combine all the ingredients and stir well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Serve the fritters hot, with a dab of the Spicy Yogurt Cilantro sauce and a bit of ketchup, if desired!


This is not a very sticky batter, and they can fall apart a bit when cooking. However, I prefer the texture this way when I eat them – they tend to be a bit less filling and feel lighter. However, if you’d like a more substantial meal (and one that sticks together better), feel free to add an extra 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour to the batter. They will take a bit longer to cook.

What do you think of yogurt and cilantro together as a dipping sauce? You might also love these fried Kohlrabi nuggets that also have a very similar accompanying sauce.

Fried Kohlrabi with Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce |

Fried Kohlabri Nuggets with Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce. Photo by Kendall Vanderslice.

Did you try these fritters out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and please rate the recipe (next to the comments box).

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Uncredited Photos by Raquel Smith, Kohlarbi Nuggets by Kendall Vanderslice, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on June 2nd, 2014. Last updated: April 14, 2018 at 15:06 pm.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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