40+ of the Best Cauliflower Recipes

From Cheesy Casseroles to Spicy Curries to Comforting Soups

Cheesy Cauliflower
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In the past few years, cauliflower has gone from being a second-class vegetable to the star on restaurant menus. This once humble veggie has gained popularity among top chefs for not only its nutritional value but also its incredible versatility. These 40 plus creative recipes are perfect examples of that, featuring cauliflower as the basis for delicious mains, side dishes, and salads that are as healthy as they are tasty. You're sure to find more than one recipe here to add to your short-list of favorites that you can pull out for weeknight dinners, potluck parties, Sunday brunch, and holiday meals.

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    Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

    Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Roasting cauliflower brings out the delicious nutty flavors of this healthy vegetable, making it a real treat to eat. This Parmesan roasted cauliflower dish is an excellent way to enjoy fresh cauliflower, even if you think you're not a fan. Cauliflower florets are combined with a savory mixture of garlic and Parmesan cheese, then roasted until tender, golden, and a little crispy on the outside. Serve during the week as a side dish to your favorite entree or as part of a holiday meal.

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    Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos

    Vegetarian Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos
    Betty Crocker

    To all Mexican food lovers: here's a simple, healthier take on tacos from the kitchens of Betty Crocker, that packs plenty of flavors while still delivering loads of good-for-you nutrition. Roasting cauliflower and chickpeas give them both a nutty, hearty taste and texture that's a fabulous substitute for the ground meat typically used in tacos. Serve these vegetarian cauliflower and chickpea tacos with rice, sour cream, and guacamole for a vegetarian Mexican meal that's family-friendly and easy on your wallet, too.

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    Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole

    Low-Carb Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole

    The Spruce

    Here's a one-pot meal recipe that's perfect for a busy weeknight when you want to serve your family something tasty and satisfying but don't have the time or energy to fuss around in the kitchen. Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this classic chicken and cauliflower casserole recipe, combining with cream, cheddar cheese, and herbs to create a hearty, low-carb dinner that fills you up with plenty of flavors.

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    Slow-Cooker Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

    Cauliflower and cheese soup

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    When you want to come home to comfort food, this slow cooker cauliflower and cheese soup recipe is a great one to have in your repertoire. Cauliflower combines with onions, carrots, celery, Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese, and cream to make a healthy and flavorful soup. The slow cooker does most of the work, and it makes the perfect starter or side dish to serve with sandwiches or a hearty salad. You can add bacon or fresh herbs for an extra perk-up of flavor and texture, too.

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    Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala

    Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala
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    Cauliflower and chickpea tikka masala is a lovely vegetarian option when you are planning an Indian meal. Creamy, rich-tasting tikka masala sauce spiced with wonderful Indian flavors brings the vegetables to life in this family-friendly dish that will be welcome at any potluck party. You can prepare the easy tikka sauce beforehand and freeze to use when ready, making this a great vegetarian weeknight dinner when you're rushed for time.

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    Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo "Wings"

    Vegan Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

    The Spruce / Jolinda Hackett

    Do you love the taste of Buffalo wings, but crave a healthier, meatless option? These vegan oven-roasted cauliflower buffalo "wings" are smothered in your favorite hot sauce, making them a surprisingly satisfying way to get the taste of pub-style hot wings without the chicken. The florets are coated in a soy milk batter and then baked until tender and golden around the edges; then they're covered with a hot sauce-margarine mixture and returned to the oven to allow the sauce to bake right in.

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    Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

    Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Here's a great way to reduce the calories in your go-to mashed potatoes dish while delivering all the creamy flavor and great texture that we all know and love. This recipe sneaks mashed, steamed cauliflower into the mix with cooked and salted russet potatoes, while low-fat buttermilk adds extra flavor and creaminess without adding a lot of calories. Even the most die-hard mashed potato fans may not notice the difference!

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    Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad With Bacon and Pecans

    Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

    The Spruce / Stephanie Gallagher

    You'll be the hit of your next potluck party or picnic when you bring this delicious, creamy broccoli and cauliflower salad with bacon and pecans that combines crunchy, sweet, and salty flavors. Fresh cauliflower and broccoli florets are tossed with cranberries, bacon, and pecans in a creamy mayonnaise dressing, for a welcome addition to any meal. Makes a great holiday side dish, too!

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    Creamy Cauliflower Cheese

    Creamy cauliflower cheese

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    Creamy cauliflower cheese is an essential British side dish for Sunday lunch, is a delicious filling for a baked potato, and makes a fabulous filling for your brunch quiches. This seriously scrumptious cauliflower cheese recipe is so easy to make and a great way to make sure your kids get their vegetables. For a slight variation, try cauliflower cheese with leeks.

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    Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine With Couscous

    Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine With Couscous

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Turn a basic head of cauliflower and some pantry staples into a delicious, warming, exotic one-pot meal that's ideal for busy weeknights, or for serving to guests as a vegetarian main. You could also add meat or chicken to this dish, but it's definitely hearty enough on its own for a comforting family meal. Cauliflower, tomatoes, chickpeas, and sweet potato are simmered in vegetable stock, lightly spiced with cumin, ginger, and cinnamon, and served mounded on couscous surrounded by the fragrant sauce; finish it off by sprinkling with slivered almonds or whole cashews, fresh parsley, and golden raisins.

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    Cauliflower and Sausage Roast With Cheddar Cheese

    Cauliflower and Sausage Roast With Cheddar Cheese Recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Sausage and onions are a fantastic flavor combination that rise to the next level when they're tossed with seasoned cauliflower and then all roasted to perfection. An ooey-gooey melted topping of sharp cheddar cheese finishes the dish beautifully. Assemble this easy, filling cauliflower and sausage roast with cheddar cheese dish in about 10 minutes and pop it into the oven for a weeknight dinner that's a breeze to prepare.

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    Nigel Slate's Fried Cauliflower

    Nigel Slater's Fried Cauliflower

    The Spruce / Nigel Slater

    Britain's best-loved food writer, Nigel Slater, created this recipe to elevate the underrated cauliflower, and turn it into an extra special side dish you'd be proud to serve at your most important dinners. Here, the cauliflower is fried, spiced up with paprika, and served with a tasty salsa verde. Nigel Slater's fried cauliflower makes a fabulous starter or side dish at a holiday meal or dinner with guests, or serve it as an elegant vegetarian main course.

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    Vegetarian Curried "Chicken" Salad Sandwich

    Vegetarian Curried
    Grilled Cheese Social

    This vegetarian curried "chicken" salad sandwich reinvents a classic sandwich favorite and delivers loads of flavor while offering a tasty, healthy, meatless sandwich option. Inspired by the classic curried chicken salad sandwich, this recipe swaps out the chicken for roasted cauliflower that's been seasoned with aromatic turmeric and delicious cumin. It's sure to become a lunchbox or meatless Monday favorite, or as an everyday vegetarian entree.

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    Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

    Cauliflower casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Creamy and rich-tasting with a crunchy topping, this broccoli and cauliflower casserole side dish makes a great addition to everyday family meals, and it's special enough for a holiday table or potluck. Broccoli and cauliflower are tossed in a white sauce, sprinkled with a Parmesan cheese buttery breadcrumb topping, and baked until bubbling and golden brown.

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    Roasted Cauliflower and Turmeric Soup

    Cauliflower soup

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Here's a "superfood" soup that's perfect for warming your tummy on a cold winter day. Healthy, nutritious roasted cauliflower has a beautifully nutty flavor that is boosted in this roasted cauliflower and turmeric soup recipe by fragrant turmeric powder, an Indian spice that's beloved by people all around the world and famous for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers. Vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free, this trusty, flavorful vegetable soup recipe will suit many diets and is great for beating the winter blues.

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    Easy Cauliflower and Chicken Curry

    Cauliflower curry
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    This easy cauliflower and chicken curry is a comforting, warming dish to eat when it's cold outside and you're craving something complex and flavorful. Chicken thighs and fresh cauliflower florets combine with canned tomatoes, brown sugar, coconut milk, and Indian spices to create an aromatic, delicious dish that's ideal for weeknight meals or Sunday dinners.

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    Whole Roasted Cauliflower "Butter Chicken-Style"

    Butter Chicken

    The Spruce / Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Butter chicken is the superstar of Indian cuisine and a dish that Americans love to eat. Here's a genius vegetarian whole roasted cauliflower "butter chicken-style" recipe that gives you all the intense, spicy flavors of that favorite Indian meal in a delicious meat-free main. You'll love this unique way to cook a whole head of cauliflower, and you'll win big points with friends and family for the fabulous flavors that result.

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    Easy Cheddar Cauliflower Cakes

    Cauliflower cakes

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    Want to change up your usual side dish game? These great-tasting cheddar cauliflower cakes are a delicious alternative to potatoes as a side dish or even meat as the main course. You can also add these low-carb, gluten-free patties to salads for added texture, or place between a whole wheat bun for a delicious vegetarian sandwich.

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    Grilled Cauliflower With Sesame Aioli

    Grilled Cauliflower

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    If you are planning an outdoor party, this grilled cauliflower with sesame aioli is a great vegetable dish you can make on the barbecue that's a lot more special than the usual grilled veggies. After just 10 minutes on the grill, a whole cauliflower turns nutty, smoky, and tender; it is then topped with a creamy, delicious sesame aioli (a combination of mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, and seasonings). Quick and easy, this is sure to become one of your favorite—and most impressive—ways to prepare cauliflower.

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    Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Mustard Soup

    Cauliflower, Broccoli and Mustard Soup
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    Two favorite veggies are combined in this smooth, pureed cauliflower, broccoli and mustard soup that's perfect for cold winter nights, but can be enjoyed year-round. Cauliflower and broccoli are flavored with onion, garlic, and mustard powder, combined with potatoes and vegetable stock, and pureed. Crème Fraiche and ground mustard are added and then the soup is poured over cheddar cheese and topped with crunchy croutons to create a filling nutritious soup that makes a great, simple main course; or serve it in smaller portions as an elegant starter or appetizer.

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    Impossible Cauliflower Pie

    Cauliflower pie

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Brunch just got more nutritious with this "impossible" cauliflower pie recipe ("impossible" pies are made with biscuit mix and eggs along with vegetables and sometimes meat). This dish is more like a crustless quiche than a pie with a crust. The combination of flavors makes for a delicious lunch or brunch dish that's vegetarian-friendly. You can add some bacon, ham, or browned sausage, if you like, to make it a heartier dish.

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    Grilled Cauliflower Steaks With Fresh Herb Sauce

    Whether you are trying to cut down on red meat or need a vegetarian option for the grill, these cauliflower steaks are sure to please, and may even pleasantly surprise. When you cut a whole head of cauliflower into thick slices, it takes a similar shape to a piece of steak, making it the perfect substitute. These cauliflower steaks are first seasoned with cumin and turmeric before hitting the grill, helping to create a deep, smokey flavor. The finishing touch is a bright sauce of lemon, parsley, mint, and garlic.

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    Cauliflower Fried Rice

    We owe a big thank-you to whoever came up with the concept of grating cauliflower to replicate rice; when it is stir-fried along with a few vegetables and a bit of soy sauce, you may not even miss the grain! Keep this recipe as is and serve as a side dish, throw in a few more vegetables to become a meatless main dish, or add some chicken, shrimp, or pork for a filling entree.

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    Cauliflower Gnocchi

    If you've ever made potato gnocchi then you will find this recipe for cauliflower gnocchi a cinch—and it's lower in carbs! Cauliflower is grated in the food processor, squeezed of its liquid, and then combined with egg and cheese to create a dough. After the dough is chilled it is rolled into thin logs, cut into pieces, and formed into that traditional gnocchi shape. Just boil for a minute or two and serve with your favorite sauce.

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    Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

    The combination of textures in this delicious and healthy salad makes it a satisfying side dish or vegetarian main dish. Tender roasted cauliflower complements the crunchy toasted almonds and the bite of the quinoa, while the peas and green onions add a pop of color; the lemon juice brings out all of the flavors and contributes a bit of brightness to the dish. Serve warm for dinner or chill for your next cookout.

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    Cauliflower Pizza Crust

    Nowadays, you are sure to find cauliflower pizza crust at your local market but because it has become such a craze many brands are overpriced. Luckily, it's easy enough to make your own; you just need to keep a few things in mind like squeezing out the liquid from the raw cauliflower, seasoning the dough properly, and not going too heavy on the toppings—you don't want to overpower the delicate crust.

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    Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

    Perfect as a holiday meal side dish or a simple comfort dish on a cold night, this cheesy cauliflower casserole is easy to put together and big on taste. Steamed cauliflower florets are combined with a homemade cheese sauce studded with red pepper and green onion. The mixture is spooned into a baking dish, covered with more cheese along with toasted breadcrumbs, and baked until golden. Even the non-veggie eater won't be able to resist!

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    Roasted Cauliflower With Chimichurri Sauce

    One of the wonderful things about roasted cauliflower is that it can be matched with so many different flavors. Chimichurri sauce, an Argentinian uncooked mixture of fresh parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, oregano, and olive oil, is an ideal pairing for the vegetable. Drizzle over the cooked cauliflower or serve in a bowl on the side. If you're pressed for time but looking for a similar dish, cauliflower with prepared pesto will come together in a flash.

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    Cauliflower Tots

    Turn what is usually considered an unhealthy treat into a nutritious snack! By using cauliflower in place of potatoes—and baking instead of frying—this school lunch staple becomes a nourishing side dish. An important step you can't skip is squeezing out the liquid from the cooked and mashed cauliflower; this way, the tots crisp up nicely in the oven. The combination of cauliflower, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and flour create a dough that is then chilled, cut into pieces, rolled into tot shapes, and coated in breadcrumbs before baking.

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    Bang Bang Cauliflower

    Bang bang is a sauce that originated in Chinese Szechuan cuisine, but its popularity in America can be credited to chain restaurants such as Bonefish Grill and the Cheesecake Factory. The original recipe may have been altered (and Americanized), but it still maintains a nice level of spice. Here, cauliflower is coated in egg and panko and then baked until crispy; it's then drizzled with the bang bang sauce, which is a creamy mixture of sweet chili sauce, hot sauce, mayonnaise, and plain Greek yogurt.

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    Creamy Mashed Cauliflower and Leeks

    You may be able to completely forego the mashed potatoes at your next holiday meal since this creamy mashed cauliflower and leeks recipe is so rich and satisfying. Leeks are sauteed in butter before blending with the cooked cauliflower and cream creating a nice, luscious texture and full-flavored dish.

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    Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Pomegranate

    Salads don't always have to be a bowl of lettuce topped with chopped, cold vegetables. This warm roasted cauliflower salad with pomegranate seeds and red onion will be a wonderful change from the standard salad and is the perfect side dish during the cold winter months. The pomegranate seeds and toasted pistachios add a nice crunch while the turmeric, cumin, lemon juice, and honey create depth of flavor. Parsley leaves bring that freshness we all come to expect in our salads.

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    Easy Cauliflower With Cheese Sauce

    Reminiscent of homemade mac-n-cheese, this recipe for cauliflower with cheese sauce is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The rich cheese sauce begins with a roux—a cooked mixture of butter and flour—to which a blend of ground mustard, nutmeg, milk, and cheddar cheese is added. The gooey goodness is then spooned over steamed cauliflower florets.

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    Moroccan Fried Cauliflower

    A flavorful batter is what makes this Moroccan fried cauliflower so delicious. Partially cooked cauliflower florets are coated in an egg and flour mixture that is seasoned with garlic, parsley, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and turmeric; then you can either shallow- or deep-fry the cauliflower until nice and golden. Serve as an appetizer with lemon wedges or your favorite dipping sauce.

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    Cauliflower and Potato Soup With Cheddar Cheese

    Whether an impressive starter at your next dinner party or a comforting bowl on a cold winter night, this rich and creamy soup will fit the bill. The ingredient list may appear long, but in just a few steps, you will have a flavorful soup that is satisfying enough to serve as your whole meal. Cauliflower is cooked along with onions, celery, potatoes, garlic, and chicken broth, and then combined with cream, cheddar, Worcestershire sauce, nutmeg, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper. The mixture is then blended into a velvety and satisfying soup.

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    Four-Ingredient Curry Roasted Cauliflower

    If you love roasted cauliflower but are in need of an easy recipe with a bit more interest, look no further than this curry roasted cauliflower. With just curry powder and fresh cilantro, you can take basic roasted cauliflower to the next level. Simply toss the raw cauliflower with the seasoning and herb and roast until crispy and lightly browned.

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    Roasted Cauliflower Soup

    The curry powder and cumin are the secret ingredients in this simple soup, which are used to season the cauliflower before roasting. The cooked cauliflower is then added to the pot along with vegetable broth and cream for a quick simmer, and then the mixture is blended into a smooth consistency. Lime juice adds a bright finish, and feel free to garnish with chopped green onion, cilantro, and parsley.

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    Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup

    Blended soups are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into a bowl and this cauliflower and sweet potato soup does just that, bringing carrots into the mix as well. All of the vegetables, along with garlic and onion, are sauteed and then simmered in vegetable stock; the soup is then blended until thick and creamy. A few reserved cauliflower florets add a nice texture and attractive presentation.

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    24-Hour Spiced Cauliflower Pickles

    Surprise your guests at your next party or cookout by serving these tasty cauliflower pickles. Honey, dill, garlic, mustard, cumin, and red pepper flakes create the perfect balance of flavors, making a cauliflower pickle with just the right tang and level of spice. They are ready after 24 hours in the fridge but do taste better if you can wait a week.

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    Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

    Fitting for both a weeknight and a holiday meal, this cheesy cauliflower casserole with a crunchy breadcrumb topping will become a family favorite. The cooked cauliflower is mixed into a sauce made of a roux, milk, mustard, and cheddar cheese; it is then spooned into a baking dish and topped with buttered and seasoned breadcrumbs. So similar to baked macaroni and cheese, you may be able to sneak in the swap every once in a while.

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    Cauliflower Latkes (Pancakes)

    Latkes, a traditional food during the Hanukkah 8-day celebration, are usually made with potatoes. This recipe, however, subs in cauliflower making them a healthier option. The texture may be slightly different, but you might be surprised at how similar they taste to the original version. In order to get a nice, crispy pancake you do need to drain all of the liquid from the cooked cauliflower before adding the eggs and flour and seasoning with salt and pepper. Then simply drop by tablespoons into the hot oil and fry up until golden and crisp.

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    Thai Vegetarian Massaman Curry

    If you love Thai flavors and are looking for a different way to prepare cauliflower, and perhaps use a few more vegetables while you're at it, this recipe for Thai vegetarian Massaman curry is an excellent choice. Cauliflower, pumpkin, carrot, tomatoes, and chickpeas are simmered in a fragrant broth featuring a variety of spices. Coconut milk is the finishing touch to add a bit of sweetness and creaminess to this dish.