8 Creative Cauliflower Recipes

If you're a vegetarian looking to rescue your friend or partner from the dark side, discover the power of cauliflower. Cauliflowers make for a great meat substitute since they are a kind of blank slate, ready to take on whatever savoury flavor desired. Discover their endless potential with these 8 recipes.
By: Anna Becker / 11/02/2018 / Recipes
8 Cauliflower Recipes

1. Cauliflower tacos with pickled radishes

You won’t miss the meat when you set out to build your own taco bar starring spice roasted cauliflower and pickled radishes. Queso fresco is a delicious, fresh cheese made for crumbling over tacos. Slices of avocado and shreds of lettuce help to tame the spices, but if you want more heat, simply spoon some of the piquant hot sauce on top. Get the recipe here.

2. Crispy Cauliflower Pasta with Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Cauliflower transforms when finely chopped and cooked in a generous amount of olive oil: that’s the key to getting it deeply golden and crispy—and NO TOUCHING!—so don’t skimp and let it get nice and golden before you toss and repeat. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes, just enough time to boil the pasta and grate the cheese. Cook, relax and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

3. Indian Spiced Cauliflower with Cumin Rice Pilaf

The beauty of this vegetarian dish is not only in the powerful Indian flavors, but also in the bright yellow color that the cauliflower takes on from curry powder. Thick yogurt is used as both a marinade and a sauce to serve alongside. While cauliflower softens in the oven, chickpeas crisp up for a great textural contrast. And a fragrant cumin seed rice pilaf is the perfect accompaniment. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

4. Cauliflower "Fried Rice" with Tofu & Shiitake Mushrooms

In a blindfolded taste test, we dare you to identify the secret behind this clever tofu and mushroom fried rice. Cauliflower, chopped finely into rice-like pieces, is the ultimate chameleon. It gets outstanding flavor from a blend of tamari, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. And given this is alternative fried rice, feel free to use alternative chopsticks (otherwise known as a fork!). Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

5. Roasted Cauliflower & Lentils with Tahini and Sumac

Cauliflower cooks up nutty and tender when roasted in this hearty meal and we love Medjool dates because they taste like brown sugar caramel. Served over tender lentils and topped with a tangy tahini sauce, you’ll be scraping your plate clean. Cook, relax and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

6. Buffalo Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Gorgonzola Dressing

We love a spicy vegetable, and bringing an unexpected element to what only appears to be a simple salad. Tossing crunchy cauliflower in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs mixed with hot wing spice seasoning gives it an extra crispy coating and a fun kick. Carrot ribbons and thinly sliced celery are an elegant touch, and dressing spread on the base of a plate will change your salad game forever. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

7. Cauliflower & Beet Grain Bowl with Harissa Yogurt

Baby it’s cold outside, and boy do we have the perfect cure! Cauliflower and golden beets roast together to sweet perfection and get a last minute addition of Swiss chard. The vegetables get served on a bed of grains that cook up in just 10 minutes. We pulled it all together with a tangy harissa yogurt and a garnish of fragrant mint. It doesn’t get any heartier than that. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

8. Cauliflower “Steak” with Almond-Olive Relish and Beans

Vegetables are really taking center stage these days, and we wanted to amplify their spotlight so we sliced a whole head of cauliflower into thick “steaks." Roasted until tender and served over garlicky mashed beans, we don’t miss the meat. Our favorite part is the sweet-salty-crunchy relish spooned over the top. Don’t worry if the cauliflower steaks fall apart a bit—they’ll still be delicious. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.