40 Creative Ways to Cook With Cauliflower
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40 Creative Ways to Cook With Cauliflower

Cauliflower, in its unassuming glory, is one of the most versatile vegetables on the planet. It can become a meat substitute, a hearty vegetarian stand-in for steaks, curries and burgers. It also can become a starch or grain substitute in an instant, making it a staple of paleo and gluten-free recipes like mashed “potatoes,” pizza crust and so much more. The bottom line is that everyone is into this vitamin-packed super food — including us, and here are 40 of the best cauliflower recipes out there.

1. Cauliflower Crust Breakfast Pizza: Pizza and cauliflower for breakfast? Yes. Ohhh yes! This gluten-free breakfast dish will be the talk of your next Sunday brunch party. And we won’t judge you if you make it for more than one dinner as well ;) (via Brit + Co)

2. Cauliflower Hummus: Spreadable and savory, this cauliflower will look nice on your coffee table while you watch The Bachelorette. (via Grass Fed Kitchen)

3. Cauliflower Crust Hot Pockets: OMG! Finally, a Hot Pocket that doesn’t make your insides hurt. (via The Iron You)

4. Cauliflower Hummus Burgers with Mint Tzatziki: Cauliflower makes a great veggie burger binder in this Mediterranean-inspired recipe. (via Oh My Veggies)

5. Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese: We’d like to frame this photo and hang it in our kitchen. Photos are edible, right? (via Bon Appétit)

6. Creamy Butternut and Cauliflower Mash: You know all about cauliflower mash, but what about adding in some bright butternut? NOM. (via Brit + Co)

7. Purple Cauliflower Cake with Black Sesame Seed Crust: Cauliflower and red onions are just beautiful on this savory cake. (via Radiogastronomy)

8. Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Now they’ve done it. (via Damned Delicious)

9. Best Chocolate Cake: GAWD ALMIGHTLY, this lunatic chef made a chocolate cake out of cauliflower. (via Eat Life Whole)

10. Lamb Dolmas: Stuffed grape leaves without the rice? It can be done. (via The Clothes Make The Girl)

11. Ginger Cauliflower Fried Rice: “Rice-ing” cauliflower in a food processor provides boundless opportunities for fried rice without the grains. (via A Cozy Kitchen)

12. Raw Cauliflower and Pomegranate Salad: This chopped salad is rawsome. (via Lush Loves)

13. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites: We were skeptical of these vegetarian hot “wings,” but then we ate one at a Super Bowl party and whoa(via The Lean Eating Machine)

14. Cocoa-Chile Mole Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce: At first glance, this flavor combination sounds disastrous… but mole and chimichurri are two of our all-time favorite sauces, so this recipe is going straight to the top of our must-cook list. (via The Hungry Goddess)

15. Tandoori Cauliflower with Mint Chutney: This Indian appetizer (probably as big as your head) is like a healthier, spicier Bloomin’ Onion(via My New Roots)

16. Mysterious Mint Ice Cream: Not even sure what universe this blogger is living in, making ice cream out of cauliflower. This is next level kind of stuff. (via Food and Yoga for Life)

17. Smothered Cauliflower with Eggs: A yellow tomato sauce and sweet caramelized cauliflower steaks make up the basis for this gorgeous dish. (via Food + Wine)

18. Garlic-Cauliflower Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts and Lemon Zest: Is that seat taken? The one in front of the gnocchi? (via Reclaiming Provincial)

19. Cauliflower Tortillas: If you’re cutting out grains, cauliflower tortillas are a must. (via Slim Palate)

20. Warm Cauliflower Couscous Salad with Green Peas and Herbs: SO FRESH. (via Green Kitchen Stories)

21. Cauliflower Brownies: First cake, now brownies? Be still our beating heart. (via I Breathe I’m Hungry)

22. Hot and Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower-Spinach Dip: Bookmark this addictive dip and whip it up next time you’re invited to a potluck. (via The Cozy Apron)

23. Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate: Even though those pomegranate seeds look like jelly beans from here, we are pretty sure this will be delicious. (via Smitten Kitchen)

24. Gobi Manchurian: Nomz. This dish is a staple to Indo-Chinese cuisine. (via An Edible Mosaic)

25. Thai Roasted Cauliflower with Pearl Couscous: Island flavors shine brilliantly in this one-pot meal. (via Naturally Ella)

26. Gobi Masala Soup: Cauliflower curry makes a gorgeous soup! (via Worthy Pause)

27.  Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower with Pickled Mustard Seeds: Sriracha. On. Everything. (via Reclaiming Provincial)

28. Cauliflower Tabouli: For this dish, we’re putting a raw spin on cauliflower and making a delicious vegetable salad that doesn’t involve any cooking. Inspired by Lebanese tabouli, we removed the bulgur and replaced it with cauliflower! (via Brit + Co)

29. Purple Cauliflower Mash with Pesto: Gonna take this violet cauliflower mash to the paint store. Our nightstand needs a makeover and this is just the color! (via Bay Area Bites)

30. Cornbread-Cauliflower Pancakes with Fontina and Sage: We have officially been seduced by this fried egg, atop savory cauliflower pancakes. We’re running away together. (via Style and Treats)

31. Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas and Harissa: This vegetarian dish is a spicy nod to Middle Eastern sensibilities. (via Family Style Food)

32. Giardiniera: Chicagoans, rejoice! This spicy pickled condiment is just waiting to be slapped on an Italian beef sandwich. (via 601 Cookbooks)

33. Creamy Cauliflower Sauce: Pinch of Yum’s legendary recipe gives way to healthier risotto, alfredo and all sorts of other good eats. (via Pinch of Yum)

34. Cauliflower and Cheddar Soufflé: Leftovers? Throw them into a light and fluffy bake that’s not as intimidating as it looks. (via Five and Spice)

35. Honey-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Crispy Sage: You’re invited to this party of flavors. (via Food For My Family)

36. Cauliflower Tots: No, they won’t taste exactly like tater tots, but this healthier alternative should curb a craving or two. (via Skinny Taste)

37. Roasted Cauliflower Soup: That’s a stellar crouton if we ever saw one. (via Sweet Paul)

38. Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Typically, cauliflower pizza crusts are laden with cheese, but this one is vegan and still holds up! (via Love + Lemons)

39. Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce: Need a grill-friendly vegetarian recipe for a big barbecue? Just throw some cauliflower steaks on with your other steaks and everybody can steak out together. (via Bon Appétit)

40. Cauliflower Popcorn: If you think you’re sick of cauliflower, think again. Cheesy, crispy, and sprinkled with rosemary, our cauliflower popcorn is way better (and healthier!) than regular popcorn for movie night. We’re also pretty sure that if you introduce this to your cauli-resistant friends, you’ll turn ‘em with this cauliflower antidote. (via Brit + Co)

Did we miss your fave cauliflower recipe? Call it out in the comments below!