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20 Best Cauliflower Recipes

Cauliflower, the cruciferous veggie everyone loves, has made a name for itself over the years as a versatile, healthy, really convincing alternative to your favorite carb-loaded dishes!


    oven roasted cauliflower with parmesan cheese

    If you’re wondering, “what goes best with cauliflower?” then look no further! From Roasted Cauliflower Tacos to Za'atar Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner, we’ve pulled 20 of our simplest healthy, yet filling, recipes for you. We’ll even answer your most popular question ”what dishes can be made from cauliflower?” And share our SIX different favorite recipes for cauliflower gnocchi, along with a few of our go-tos such as cauliflower pizza crust, and cauliflower rice.

    black plate of cauliflower steaks topped with a walnut kale pesto
    Roasted Cauliflower with Panko and golden raisins on a plate

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    The BEST Roasted Cauliflower Recipes

    • Roasted Cauliflower - The mother of all roasted cauliflower recipes is here! Learn how to make perfectly-caramelized oven roasted cauliflower to add to all your favorite dishes. Or, just pop those delicious morsels straight from the sheet pan directly into your mouth!

    • Roasted Cauliflower Tacos - One of our favorite roast cauliflower recipes! Everything is better wrapped in a warm tortilla and drizzled with avocado crema! Serve these easy, vegetarian cauliflower tacos for your next family dinner.

    • Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Panko and Golden Raisins - A little sweet and a little crispy, this recipe for roasted cauliflower with toasted panko and golden raisins will knock your metaphorical socks off! We love this golden-brown, potato-like dream dish and we know you will, too!

    • Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower with Herb Whipped Feta - Just when you think you can’t love cauliflower anymore, we present to you another one of our best cauliflower recipes! Herbaceous, lemony Za’atar, creamy, cloud-like feta, and caramelized bits of cauliflower marry together for the ultimate impressive side dish.

    • Cauliflower Steak with Walnut-Kale Pesto - We’ve found the best cauliflower steak recipe. Period. Hearty cauliflower becomes tender and slow-roasted, with a crispy exterior only to be smothered in a delicious walnut-kale pesto. And yes, it’s vegan, too.

    vegetarian burrito bowl with cauliflower and avocado crema
    Mango Chutney Sheet Pan Chicken With Cauliflower with red onions

    Protein-Packed, Healthy, Simple (and we mean simple!) Meals

    • Tandoori Chicken and Cauliflower Sheet Pan Dinner - A creamy greek yogurt with traditional Tandoori spices like turmeric, ginger, and cumin get slathered over chicken, cauliflower florets, and chickpeas in this easy sheet pan dinner.

    • Slow Cooker Lamb Curry - One dish is all it takes and… a simple spice blend compliments both the lamb and the cauliflower! After 8 hours of bathing in the curry sauce, you’ll get a tender, flavorful dish to warm your belly after a cold day!

    • Za'atar Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner - Bright lemony, herbaceous za'atar adds a burst of flavor to chicken and cauliflower in this so-easy-it’s-not-a-recipe cauliflower recipe.

    • Roasted Cauliflower and Hummus Bowl - Two words we love to read in the same sentence: protein-packed and vegan! You can prep this nutritious bowl the day before so that between your busy meeting and tackling your to-do list, you can have a healthy meal!

    • Vegetarian Burrito Bowl with Avocado Crema - We love a bowl for lunch or dinner… and dare we say this one is better than Chipotle? This create-your-own adventure recipe gives options of pinto or black beans, tops em’ with toasty roast cauliflower, peppers, loaded veggies, and drizzles it all with an avocado crema!

    • Mango Chutney Chicken Sheet Pan - Never underestimate the power of a sheet pan dinner! Especially when a mango chutney is involved. This spice-laden, slightly sweet condiment creates a marinade for the cauliflower and chicken, then the entire dish gets garnished with cilantro and sliced red onions!
    A bowl of homemade red lentil soup with chicken and peas topped with cilantro and greek yogurt, on the counter
    creamy Indian cauliflower curry with rice and torn naan in a large serving bowl

    Soups, Salads, and PIZZA!

    • Red Lentil Soup - Imagine a healthy and cozy, creamy lentil coconut soup …now you don’t have to! With the addition of veggies, such as cauliflower, for texture and umph, this vegan-if-you-want-it-to-be soup is perfect for meat-eaters and non-meat-eaters alike.

    • Creamy Tomato Soup with Chicken and Vegetables - Low carb, creamy, tomato-y cauliflower soup recipe is here and filled with garlic, kale, cauliflower, and sausage! Need we say more?

    • Cauliflower Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana - This 10-minute one-pot dinner is at your service: it’s completely Whole30 approved, super simple, and crazy delicious! With a few pantry items and a time-saving hack of TJ’s gnocchi, a healthy (copycat!) dinner is only a few minutes away for the entire family!

    • Cauliflower Pizza Crust - Looking for a GF alternative to everyone’s favorite meal? This crispy, chewy, slightly nutty cauliflower pizza crust recipe is the healthier cousin of regular pizza crust and it doesn’t disappoint. But don’t believe us, try it for yourself!

    • Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad - A simple, vegetarian weeknight dinner to please everyone! One of our best cauliflower salad recipes ticks all the boxes with spicy arugula, golden raisins, and a tahini yogurt dressing.

    • Cauliflower Curry - Technically…it’s not a soup - but it’s as comforting as one! And cold days call for comforting cauliflower! This 30 minute cauliflower curry recipe is filled with warming spices and coconut milk. We like to serve ours aside a steaming pile of white rice or even, a crispy, fluffy piece of naan.
    cauliflower gnocchi with bruschetta sauce and sausage
    brown butter sage cauliflower gnocchi with butternut squash

    Cauliflower Gnocchi for the WIN!

    • Cauliflower Gnocchi - We love these pillowy, low-carb bundles of joy with only three ingredients! Sauté them up for a crispy outside, and soft delicious inside.

    • Cauliflower Gnocchi with Sausage & Bruschetta - Get bright, bold, flavor in under 15 minutes! This cauliflower gnocchi recipe is protein-packed and makes for the perfect weeknight dinner for you and the entire family.

    • Vodka Sauce and Green Bean Cauliflower Gnocchi - The absolute easiest meal… thanks Trader Joe's! Who doesn’t love a creamy vodka sauce, slow-cooked saucy green beans, and luxurious cauliflower gnocchi?

    • Brown Butter Sage Cauliflower Gnocchi - Nutty and earthy sage brown butter meets the perfect vessel: light and crispy gnocchi! This simple cauliflower recipe only uses a few ingredients and will transport you directly to Italy!

    • Vegan Cauliflower Gnocchi with Kale-Cashew Pesto - One of many vegan cauliflower recipes that we will gladly hop in the kitchen for! This cozy, pan-fried to perfection dish is also Whole30 approved! Bingo!

    So Which Do You Think Is The Best Cauliflower Recipe?

    With so many cauliflower recipes to choose from, it’s hard to pick favorites! Snap us a picture of your favorite cauliflower dish and maybe the beautiful people you enjoy it with! Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

    20 Best Cauliflower Recipes

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    • Tresa

      I made the cauliflower with toasted panko and breadcrumbs for a family gathering and people couldn't stop complimenting it! No usually the case for the vegetable of the meal. Can't wait to try more of these cauliflower recipes!

      Thanks Tresa! Glad everyone enjoyed that one!

    • jenn

      Thanks, so many great ideas!