It's settled: Cauliflower has officially garnered superfood status. Not only is the cruciferous vegetable rich in dietary fiber, potassium, and super-high in vitamins such as C and K (which both act as powerful antioxidants), but it's also chock-full of anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting phytochemicals 404, and the nutrient choline, which supports brain function and a healthy metabolism. And just when we think cauliflower has jumped the proverbial shark, we read about yet another glowing study touting the veggie's ability to reduce our risk for breast and colon cancers and its useful role in boosting gut and heart health.
There are tons of creative, delicious ways to work cauliflower into your diet that don't include lazily tossing a few raw (and tasteless) bits into an improvised lunchtime salad. Making a cauliflower-crust pizza is one of them—although doing so requires a bit more work than ordering from Grubhub. But if you’re gluten-free, cutting back on refined carbohydrates, or often obsessed with the latest food crazes, you're typically spending more time in the kitchen anyway; putting in a few more minutes to make cauliflower pizza dough is a healthy tradeoff that's isn't even that labor-intensive. Here, 11 cauliflower pizza crust recipes along with some surprising, equally wholesome and delicious toppings.
Thai Peanut Cauliflower Pizza
Taylor Kiser, of Food Faith Fitness, puts a Thai twist on grilled cauliflower-crust pizza with the addition of spicy peanut sauce, cilantro, and minced, fresh ginger. Kiser keeps her crust extra-crispy by throwing it onto a grill after baking it for 25 to 30 minutes. Melted mozzarella cheese gives an extra boost of protein and calcium, and healthful toppings like green onions and red pepper finish it off.
Veggie Lovers Flatbread Pizza
Lindsay Cotter of Cotter Crunch is a big fan of flatbread as a lighter, grab-and-go option for pizza night. She recommends some delicious, ready-made cauliflower versions topped with some of her favorite veggies that include a variety of fresh tomatoes, zucchini, onions, garlic, herbs, and feta. There's no need to hold back with so many healthy ingredients.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Chickpea Pepperoni
Aside from traditional pizza toppings like tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and arugula, chickpea pepperoni is the real star of this cheesy cauliflower crust pizza. Tieghan Gerard, of Half Baked Harvest, imbues chickpeas with pepperoni-like flavor by quickly crisping them in a pan with smoked paprika, onion powder, and fennel and mustard seeds. "So spot-on pepperoni it’s insane," she raves.
Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Chef and cookbook author Dana Shultz, of Minimalist Baker, makes her vegan cauliflower pizza crust with just nine ingredients (including a flax egg)—so feel free to go heavy on the toppings of your choice if you're an omnivore. The flavor secret to her puréed tomato-mushroom-pepper-onion sauce, she says, is the addition of homemade almond-based ricotta cheese.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Alla Margherita
This margarita cauliflower-crust pizza by Caroline Phelps, of Pickled Plum, calls for classic toppings like dollops of fresh mozzarella cheese, whole basil leaves, and homemade tomato sauce. Phelps likes to add dried chili flakes to her cauliflower mixture while it's being processed: They impart heat, she explains, "without overpowering the subtle flavors of the fresh mozzarella and basil."
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza
Double up on the cauliflower craze with this vegan buffalo cauliflower pizza that you can pair with a cauliflower crust. Laura Wright of The First Mess recommends using Tessemae’s hot Buffalo sauce, ranch, and a roasted onion cream sauce you'll dream about for days.
Keto Cauliflower Pizza Poppers
Kyndra Holley of Peace Love and Low Carb switches things up and shares this unique recipe for cauliflower pizza poppers that are also keto-friendly. After roasting the cauliflower, you can pretty much customize it any way you like. Pile it on to make it supreme style or opt for a lighter version with Italian seasonings, a rainbow of bell peppers, and parmesan cheese. This is great as a party appetizer or the main dish.
Olive Burratta Arugula Pizza
Natalie Mortimer and Holly Erickson of The Modern Proper reveal how to make the perfect cauliflower pizza crust, complete with crispy edges and chewy texture. The secret? Getting all the moisture out of the cauliflower using a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Top it with tomato pesto, black olives, burrata, arugula, mushrooms, and parmesan.
Shiitake, Basil, and Lemon Cauliflower Pizza
This recipe by Sarah Cook of Making Thyme for Health is nothing short of sublime. The light, yet packed-with-flavor pizza combines the refreshing flavors of shiitake mushrooms, mozzarella, lemon juice and zest, basil, olive oil, and garlic and herb seasoning with grated parmesan on top.
Summer Squash Pizza
Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen gets us up to speed on the perfect light, simple, and flavorful pizza recipe, using summer squash (or zucchini, if you prefer), gruyere, and breadcrumbs sprinkled on top. Though this particular recipe uses regular pizza dough, it is heavenly on a crispy cauliflower crust.