Super palatable and versatile, cauliflower is easily one of the most well-liked vegetables. You can prepare it a variety of ways, whether you want to grill it whole, turn into a low-cal, low-carb grain alternative as a meal base, or as a flavorful stir-fry main. 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 healthy ingredients.
Aside from being grain-free and low in calories, one cup of cauliflower alone 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.
Cauliflower is vegan and gluten-free, meaning that it's the perfect secret ingredient solution to food restriction woes!
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 below. In fact, they're so delicious it's hard to believe they're healthy (they are, we promise). Scroll through to see which one looks tastiest to you and then get cooking.
Vegan Cauliflower Stuffing
Vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and Paleo, this healthy cauliflower stuffing is going to get you in the mood for fall. It has all the yummy flavors of traditional Thanksgiving 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 holiday sneaks up on us, it's also just a delicious side dish to accompany your weeknight mains.
Warm Cauliflower and Dukkah Salad
If you want a filling, warm salad that won't leave you hangry, try this pistachio and cauliflower recipe from The First Mess. You just roast the cauliflower florets with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Once they're golden-brown, you 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, avocado, and mind.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Next time you're having some 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.
Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower
Inspired by buffalo chicken wings, these buffalo roasted cauliflower florets from Salt and Wind are a serious 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.
Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps
This cauliflower shawarma wrap recipe is a game-changer, especially if you love Meditteranean 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.
Charred Cauliflower With Garlic Tahini Sauce
Introducing your new favorite appetizer, side dish, and movie night snack. The trick to this charred cauliflower recipe from Salt and 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.
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks With Chimichurri
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.
Colorful Chickpea and Cauliflower Salad
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.
Roasted Cauliflower With Romesco
Who says that cauliflower is only good enough to be a side dish? This roasted cauliflower recipe 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.
Spicy Korean Cauliflower Cups
Do you love spicy Korean wings? How about lettuce cups? Then try this cauliflower recipe from Minimalist Baker for 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 it as your main, serve it up as an appetizer, or eat them for a quick lunch.
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowl
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.
Cauliflower, Rosemary, and Lemon Soup
Prefer your cauliflower in liquid form? Try this cauliflower soup recipe 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.
Spicy Cauliflower Bites
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, she includes a corresponding recipe for homemade tahini ranch, making all your dipping dreams come true in one bite.
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.
Twice-Baked Potatoes Stuffed With Cauliflower
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.