15 Healthy and Low-Calorie Cauliflower Recipes Disguised as Comfort Food

Healthy Cauliflower Recipes Vegetarian
Half Baked Harvest

Super palatable and versatile, cauliflower is easily one of the most well-liked vegetables. You can prepare it in various ways, whether you want to grill it whole, turn it into a low-cal, low-carb meal base, or let it replace the star ingredient of your favorite recipes. It also happens to be the anchor ingredient in plenty of cold-weather favorites, from comforting soups to sides. And lucky for us, it's chock-full of health benefits: Aside from being grain-free and low in calories, one cup of cauliflower has 73% daily value of vitamin C, 11% DV of fiber, and 9% DV of omega-3 fatty acids, among other important vitamins and minerals.

Since it's both a foodie favorite and something that even the pickiest of eaters and green produce averse will happily devour, we're spotlighting 15 healthy cauliflower recipes. In fact, these dishes are so delicious that it's hard to believe they're good for us.

Scroll through to see which one looks tastiest to you, and then get cooking. 

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Vegan Cauliflower Stuffing

Vegan Cauliflower Stuffing

Food Faith Fitness

Vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and Paleo, this healthy cauliflower stuffing is going to get you in the mood for fall (even if it's the dead of summer or any other season for that matter). It has all the yummy flavors of traditional stuffing, but it's made from almost all veggies, making it a lot more healthy. And though you should definitely keep this recipe from Food Faith Fitness handy when the holidays sneak up, it's also just a delicious side dish to accompany your weeknight mains.

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Warm Cauliflower and Dukkah Salad

Warm Cauliflower and Dukkah Salad

The First Mess

If you want a filling, warm salad that won't leave you hangry, try this pistachio and cauliflower recipe from The First Mess. All you have to do is just roast the florets with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Once they're golden-brown, throw them in a saucepan to sauté with some garlic and lemon juice. Next up, make the dukkah, which is basically just ground up pistachios with coriander, cumin, sesame, and chili. For the salad, add sliced nectarines and avocado.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

fried rice

A Couple Cooks

Next time you have serious cravings for fried rice, but you still want to be healthy, try this recipe from A Couple Cooks. It's vegetarian and gluten-free, but you'll want in on this regardless of whether you have any dietary restrictions or not. It's full of healthy ingredients like protein-rich cashews and edamame, ginger, green onions, garlic, carrots, and, of course, cauliflower. 

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Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower wings

Salt & Wind

Inspired by buffalo chicken wings, these buffalo-roasted cauliflower florets from Salt & Wind are a real crowd-pleaser. Serve them up with the blue cheese dip to balance out the extra kick of spice. This yummy appetizer dip only requires about 10 minutes of your hands-on time, too, so you won't have to spend too much time in the kitchen. 

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Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps

cauliflower schwarma

A Couple Cooks

This cauliflower shawarma wrap recipe is a game-changer, especially if you love Mediterranean flavors—the tahini yogurt sauce is the cherry on top. This delicious recipe from A Couple Cooks is worth a save for those busy weeknight meals or last-minute lunches since it's so easy to whip up after a long day. 

If you made a bit too much to eat in one sitting, pop them in the fridge and enjoy the next day. All you have to do is put them in the oven for no more than five minutes to get that delectable crispy texture back.

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Charred Cauliflower With Garlic Tahini Sauce

cauliflower

Salt & Wind

We're introducing your new favorite appetizer, side dish, and movie night snack. The trick to this charred cauliflower recipe from Salt & Wind is to partially cook the head by steaming it and then char it under a broiler. The smoky flavors are unforgettable, especially when paired with the garlicky tahini dipping sauce. Whether that means entertaining guests, you're going to want to make this recipe on repeat. 

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks With Chimichurri

cauliflower steaks

Joyful Healthy Eats

If you love the idea of charred cauliflower and want a few recipe options that prepare it this way, here's another delicious one from Joyful Healthy Eats. With this recipe, you'll roast them until they're a little past golden-brown for an extra-crispy texture and slightly smoky taste. Then douse the cauliflower steaks in an aromatic chimichurri sauce. In total, one serving is just 106 calories. 

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Colorful Chickpea and Cauliflower Salad

cauliflower salad

Wu Haus

This beautiful, colorful cauliflower salad from Wu Haus is as photogenic as it is tasty (and healthy.) Complete with chopped radicchio, scallions, parsley, spicy chickpeas, cauliflower florets, and a light mustard lemon dressing, this is a meal you'll want over and over again. It's smoky, spicy, crispy, tender, and citrusy all at once.  

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Roasted Cauliflower With Romesco

Cauliflower recipes

Wu Haus

Who says that cauliflower is only good enough to be a side dish? This roasted cauliflower recipe, another favorite from Wu Haus, will convince you to put it under the main spotlight, especially considering how beautifully it can be presented. The cauliflower is super easy to roast, while the romesco sauce might require a bit more attention (and it's so worth it). It has a delightful red pepper flavor, made even more delicious by the paprika, garlic, almonds, and chili flakes. 

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Spicy Korean Cauliflower Cups

cauliflower cups

Minimalist Baker

Do you love spicy Korean wings? How about lettuce cups? Then try this cauliflower recipe from Minimalist Baker to enjoy the best of both worlds. They're super big in flavor, very filling, and also easy to customize if you want to tone this up or down at all. Enjoy them as your main dish, serve them up as an appetizer, or eat them for a quick lunch. 

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Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowl

cauliflower lunches

The Modern Proper

This pretty cauliflower hummus bowl from The Modern Proper will fill you up on all the right things. Though it looks and tastes like a beautiful gourmet meal, it's actually pretty simple to make at home. You just need chickpeas, olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, cayenne, mint, carrots, and some fresh ground pepper. You decide whether you want to pick up some hummus and za'atar from the supermarket or if you want to make it from scratch. 

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Cauliflower, Rosemary, and Lemon Soup

cauliflower soup

The First Mess

Prefer your cauliflower in liquid form? Try this cauliflower soup from The First Mess. It has the perfect balance of flavors, complete with musky cauliflowers and rich, sweet caramelized onions, along with citrusy, refreshing lemon and aromatic rosemary. It's creamy and satisfying without being overpowering. 

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Spicy Cauliflower Bites

cauliflower bites

Half Baked Harvest

Spicy, cheesy, crispy… What else could we ask for in a veggie-based dish? This roasted cauliflower recipe from Half Baked Harvest is simply delicious. Even better, recipe founder Teighan Gerard includes a corresponding recipe for homemade tahini ranch, making all your dipping dreams come true in one bite.

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Tahini Grilled Avocado, Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Power Bowl

power bowl with cauliflower

Food Faith Fitness

Here's another delicious plant bowl recipe from Food Faith Fitness. It comes complete with hardy sweet potatoes, grilled zucchini, roasted cauliflower, avocado, and crispy pita. Make it for lunch when you need to power through a busy afternoon.

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Twice-Baked Potatoes Stuffed With Cauliflower

cauliflower snaks

The First Mess

These twice-baked potatoes from The First Mess are stuffed with cauliflower florets and chickpeas and then doused in a tangy, spicy buffalo sauce. Pack one for lunch, eat it for dinner on a busy weeknight or enjoy it as a side dish alongside your protein main. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will come back for seconds, so make sure you have enough to go around.

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