19 Cauliflower Recipes for Every Meal

Cauliflower is one versatile veggie! Roasted, raw, or riced, it's essential in my kitchen. Here are my all-time favorite cauliflower recipes.

Cauliflower Recipes

The question is: what can’t cauliflower do?

Cauliflower’s versatility never ceases to amaze me. Lucky for me, it’s not only a multitalented ingredient, but it’s also a superfood, loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, antioxidants, and fiber. Blended, roasted, riced, or mashed, this nutritional powerhouse can be turned into literally any type of meal. Read on to find ideas for using cauliflower in salads, soups, mac & cheese, and more.

Cauliflower Recipes

My Favorite Ways to Cook Cauliflower

1. Roasted: Lightly crisp and browned on the edges, roasted cauliflower adds a nutty, caramelized flavor to bowls, salads, or pastas. Its hearty texture makes it a great choice for stuffing into vegetarian sandwiches and tacos. You can also enjoy it on its own as a steak!

But that’s not all: roasted cauliflower has another superpower. When blended, it creates a smooth, creamy puree that has all the depth of flavor the cauliflower gains as it browns in the oven. I’ve been blending it into soups for years, but just this winter, I discovered that roasted cauliflower makes an amazing base for a cheesy party dip!

2. Boiled: I rarely boil cauliflower if I’m planning to eat it on its own. However, I often boil it before pureeing it into creamy sauces or mashing it with potatoes. For these types of cauliflower recipes, be sure to boil your cauliflower cores as well as the florets. They’ll enhance the rich texture of the dish, so there’s no need for them to go to waste. And of course, if I’m making a curry or soup with whole cauliflower florets, they’ll simmer as it cooks, absorbing the flavors of the dish.

3. Riced: Cauliflower rice is a mainstay in my kitchen. Simply pulse your cauliflower (cores and all!) in a food processor until it has a rice-like texture. Then, lightly sauté it for a few minutes, and you’ll have a fantastic base for bowls, stir-fries, or curries!

Cauliflower Recipes

My Favorite Cauliflower Recipes

Toss in salad:
Roasted Cauliflower Tahini Lentil Salad (pictured at the top of this post)

Puree into soup:
Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Creamy Celery Root Cauliflower Soup (pictured below)

Simmer into a stew:
Chickpea & Cauliflower Tomato Stew (pictured below)

Blend into dip: 
Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

Cauliflower Recipes

Bake into mac & cheese:
Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Stir into mac & cheese:
Jalapeño Cauliflower Shells & Cheese

Toss into pasta:
Whole Wheat Shells & Roasted Cauliflower (pictured above)

Roast steaks:
Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce

Make sandwiches: 
Cauliflower Steak Sandwiches

Cauliflower Recipes

Stuff into tacos:
Cauliflower Shawarma Tacos

Top onto bowls: 
Mean Green Grain Bowl

Make “rice” for a bowl:
Cauliflower Rice Kimchi Bowls (pictured above)

Or a burrito bowl: 
Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl

Stuff into peppers: 
Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers (pictured below)

Cauliflower Recipes

Simmer in curry: 
Butternut & Cauliflower Vegetable Curry (pictured above)

Blend into queso: 
Chipotle Cauliflower Nachos with Pineapple Salsa (pictured above)

Pulse into fried rice:
Turmeric Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Mash with potatoes: 
Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Tell me – what are your favorite cauliflower recipes? I’m always looking for new ideas!

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  1. lucie
    03.09.2019

    What a great summary! Is there a recipe for the dish pictured, that has cashews and broccoli? I like baked whole cauliflower served with green tahini or muhammara dip. And love cauliflower tabouleh, using riced raw cauliflower instead of bulgur.

  2. sabrina
    03.09.2019

    I can’t tell you how much I needed this! Cauliflower is one of my regular diet ingredients and I’m so sick of it raw, so regardless, I need cauliflower recipes, thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.09.2019

      Hi Sabrina, I’m so glad you’re inspired by the cauliflower recipes 🙂

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