20 Secret Ingredient Cauliflower Recipes

20 Secret Ingredient Cauliflower Recipes
You know the old saying … if life gives you cauliflower, make pizza crust.

What, that’s not a saying?! Well, I propose right here and now that it should be.

We all know cauliflower is a pretty great vegetable, sure. But do you know just how versatile it is? Did you know you can take a head of the stuff and make, yes, a pizza crust? Or a lightened-up version of mashed potatoes? How about hummus? Rice?! Popcorn! Buffalo wings!!

This incredible cruciferous vegetable isn’t only low in carbohydrates (perfect for those eating lower-carb diets), it’s utterly packed with nutrients. So the fact that you can transform it into a myriad of other things–usually as as substitute for something that would have been far more calorie-dense–it’s a very good thing.

Here are 20 brilliant cauliflower recipes from around the web that touch upon the infinite possibilities for this one remarkable vegetable.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Spicy cauliflower "wings" dipped in cool ranch sauce? Yes, please. McKel at Nutrition Stripped shares this recipe for game day or any day.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower pizza crust? Yep! Your Lighter Side came up with this inventive pizza crust that took the Internet by storm. That's actually not bread at all--it's cauliflower, cheese, eggs, and seasonings. And it's absolutely delicious.

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Cauliflower Crust Garlic "Breadsticks"

Cauliflower Crust Garlic "Breadsticks"

More cauliflower masquerading as bread! Is there anything it can't do?! An Edible Mosaic brings us all the crispy, cheesy goodness.

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Smoked Paprika Popcorn Cauliflower

Smoked Paprika Popcorn Cauliflower

It might not truly resemble popcorn, but cauliflower "popcorn" is definitely oh-so poppable. This version from Busy in Brooklyn is spiked with smoked paprika for an addictive--yet healthy--snack.

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Cauliflower "Shrimp" Cocktail

Cauliflower "Shrimp" Cocktail

Score one for sheer creativity! Cauliflower stands in for shrimp in this "Poor-Man's Cocktail" from Noble Pig.

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Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

Chickpeas, schmickpeas. Roasted cauliflower stands in for the popular legume in this creative lighter hummus.

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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Cheddar Dip

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Cheddar Dip

This cheesy, garlicky spread has a little secret--hidden cauliflower! Gina from Henry Happened roasts the cauliflower and garlic, then blends it with cheese and Greek yogurt for an appetizer that only seems decadent.

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Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

Looks like actual rice, doesn't it? Well, it's not! Those grains you see are actually 100% cauliflower. Cauliflower rice isn't only delicious, it's really kind of life-changing.

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Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

The perfect use for cauliflower rice? Burrito bowls! Chickpeas, pico de gallo, fresh corn and guacamole complete this delicious picture from The Roasted Root.

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Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Okay, we've grasped the sheer brilliance of cauliflower "rice." Here, The Healthy Maven takes it up a notch: cauliflower as a stand in for bulgur in a gorgeous tabbouleh.

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Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

Lindsay of Pinch of Yum, author of The Creamy Cauliflower Sauce Cookbook, created this brilliant take on Alfredo sauce - made with cauliflower, garlic, a little butter, and not a speck of cream. Our pasta will never be the same.

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Trimmed Down Cheddar and Chive Duchess Potatoes

Trimmed Down Cheddar and Chive Duchess Potatoes

Cauliflower makes the perfect stand-in for high-carb potatoes--these lightened-up potatoes are proof positive.

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Sour Cream & Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

Sour Cream & Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

Sour cream and cheddar flavor this creative (and scrumptious!) mashed potato stand-in from All Day I Dream About Food.

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Baked Cauli-Tots

Baked Cauli-Tots

Here's another example of how delicious and versatile cauliflower can be in place of potatoes. Cupcakes and Kale Chips brings us these crispy baked-not-fried Cauliflower Tots. Yum!

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Meyer Lemon Relish

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Meyer Lemon Relish

Thick slices of cauliflower, seasoned, roasted, and decorated with a tangy citrus relish. Hallelujah! Brooklyn Supper's got the cauliflower steak thing covered.

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Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

An entire head of cauliflower, steamed and pureed, goes into this secret-ingredient lighter macaroni and cheese from The Lemon Bowl. That means we can have three helpings, right?

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Cauliflower Hummus Burgers

Cauliflower Hummus Burgers

Not just a cauliflower veggie burger, but a cauliflower veggie burger with the flavors of hummus, and then topped with a minty tzatziki sauce! Dreamy.

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Pulled Cauliflower BBQ Sandwiches

Pulled Cauliflower BBQ Sandwiches

Beard & Bonnet provides proof positive that you truly can do anything with cauliflower. In this case, it swims in a tangy barbecue sauce and joins caramelized onions for a seriously scrumptious sky-high sandwich.

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Bloomin' Indian Spiced Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Bloomin' Indian Spiced Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Yep--a bloomin' cauliflower. How flippin' brilliant is that? Find this gorgeous, pluckable specimen over at An Edible Mosaic.

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General Tso's Cauliflower

General Tso's Cauliflower

Cauliflower really does work as an incredible stand-in for chicken. Not completely convinced? The Bakeaholic Mama does the trick with this incredible General Tso's Cauliflower.

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  1. says

    I love your beautiful website. So pretty and so delicious.

    I had a question about blogging etiquette. When you do a round-up like this, do you have to ask all the authors individually for permission to use their recipes/photos or is it simply OK to give credit to them. Thanks so much!

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      Hi Ruta! Thank you for the nice words! In round-ups such as these, we do make sure it’s okay with individual bloggers before including their photos, and we link directly to the recipe on their blogs.

  2. Julia Mueller says

    This post is amazing, Kare! I seriously eat at least a head of cauliflower every week (it’s bad…real, real bad…ohhhhh but it’s so good!), and am ALWAYS interested in trying out new cauliflower recipes! Thanks so much for the excellent roundup! I’m drooling. And thanks for including my cauli rice burrito bowls, woop woop!! :)

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      When I started my cauli-research, I was floored by the sheer creativity! So much you can do with one miraculous veggie. :) Your burrito bowls are GORGEOUS!

    • says

      That’s a good point. My toddler is super picky but will eat most anything if it’s got crispy parts. I think I’m going to have to see how she does with cauliflower pizza crust or breadsticks sometime soon!

  3. says

    Cauliflower really is the new kale! So many great ideas here. Thanks for sharing.
    Top of my list is the smoked paprika popcorn cauliflower.

  4. says

    I cannot wait to make that buffalo cauliflower dip. The ONE thing I semi miss about being a meat eater are chicken wings! I have yet to give into any cravings…buuuut now that there is a cauliflower version I will be making these ASAP! I’m so excited!

  5. Monica says

    Perfect timing! I’ve been developing a cauliflower obsession and now I have a list to work from. Thank you. =) I just made the pizza, it was so good that the guys at work were forced to look at it and hear ALL about it. So good! I did flip the crust halfway through and then broiled each side for a few minutes. That, plus mixing the cheese with half parmesan made it an eat with your hands, fold it half, New York kinda slice.

    Thank you for the steady stream of great recipes and ideas!

  6. says

    What great recipes for cauliflower! Love the looks of that pizza. I just noticed that you have a book on pro biotic drinks. How do I go about getting a copy? I would love to share this on my blog since I am just getting started learning about this.

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      Hi Alicia, thank you! Delicious Probiotic Drinks was written by fellow Oh My Veggies contributor Julia Mueller. You can find out more/get contact info by visiting her blog, theroastedroot.net. Such a great book!

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