It’s no secret that cauliflower has become the unofficial poster child for versatile vegetables. We’ve seen just how fantastic cauliflower can be when we bring it to the center of our plates like in this Cheesy Cauliflower Steak With Roast Tomatoes. It also makes for a great appetizer, like these Crispy Cauliflower Wings and it can substitute for dairy, like in this recipe for Scalloped Sweet Potatoes With Cauliflower Sauce. But, did you know you can also use cauliflower in place of grains like rice and wheat?

If you’re cutting down on carbs or allergic to grains, then making cauliflower “rice” is easy. All you need to do is break it up into florets, through it in a food processor, and blend away until it’s crumbly. You can also use it in place of flour to make pizza crust! Don’t worry — we’ve got plenty of ideas on how you can use your cauliflower below. So, get ready because we have 15 cauliflower-packed recipes for you!


1. Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This Cauliflower Crust Pizza is reminiscent of the traditional Italian dish while also cutting down on carbs and providing a sneaky way to get veggies into your diet. The crust is soft and crumbly, and the herbs and toppings are light and fresh. Try this pizza the next time you desire a fun, vegetable-centric dinner.

2. Cauliflower Risotto With Cashew Cheese

Cauliflower Risotto With Cashew Cheese [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

You don’t need rice to make a risotto — that’s right. While risotto has a reputation for being notoriously tricky to make, but it’s way easier than you think! All it takes is a little patience, and when your friends and family are digging into creamy Cauliflower Risotto With Cashew Cheese topped with crunchy roasted almonds, they’ll be able to taste the love in every bite.

3. Cauliflower Rice Biryani

Cauliflower Biryani

This Cauliflower Rice Biryani may be grain-free, but it’s just as filling as the original! Riced cauliflower is cooked with warm spices, carrots, and peas until tender, fragrant, and flavorful. This can be served as a main course or as a side with plenty of other veggies for sharing.

4. Cauliflower Couscous

Cauliflower Couscous

Often mistaken for a grain, couscous is actually pasta made from small semolina seeds. This Cauliflower Couscous ditches the carbs by recreating the texture of couscous using cauliflower. Enjoy this as a side dish or a large entrée, and feel free to skip the baking part to cut the cooking time in half. Cauliflower is equally delicious served raw!


5. Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry

Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry Bowl

Colorful, crunchy, and jam-packed with veggies, this Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry is the perfect 20-minute dinner when you want something healthy and hearty. This dish is colorful and an easy way to make sure you’re eating a rainbow of foods. The sauce, a gingery and peanut butter concoction, ties the whole dish together.

6. Tofu Chorizo and Lemon Cauliflower Rice

Tofu Chorizo and Lemon Cauliflower Rice [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Tofu Chorizo and Lemon Cauliflower Rice is a smoky, lemony delight with a delicious mix of textures – from the chewy tofu and crunchy vegetables to light fluffy cauliflower rice. It’s an ideal lunch or dinner, for any season, and both the tofu and chickpeas make this dish a great source of plant-based protein. What’s more, you get an extra serving of your five-a-day in the cauliflower rice!

7. Turmeric Cauliflower Pilaf Vegetable Bowl

Turmeric Cauliflower Pilaf Vegetable Bowl

This Turmeric Cauliflower Pilaf Vegetable Bowl is light, but hearty! Cauliflower is shredded in a food processor and then cooked with Indian spices and fresh vegetables to create a light and fluffy “pilaf.” The soft cauliflower pilaf pairs with sweet bell peppers, greens, mushrooms, and other vegetables for a meal that’s as healthy as it is satisfying.

8. Cauliflower Flatbread

Cauliflower Flatbreads [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Cauliflower is such a versatile ingredient; it seems there’s nothing you can’t make with it, like these Cauliflower Flatbreads. They’re flourless, easy and made with the magic of aquafaba. You’ll want to always have these around for munching.


9. Cauliflower Rice With Mushrooms and Spinach

Cauliflower Rice With Mushrooms and Spinach

Cauliflower: what can’t it do? The coolest cruciferous vegetable of the moment can be made into delicacies like pizza crust, buffalo “wings,” and in this recipe – rice! This Cauliflower Rice With Mushrooms and Spinach is a unique alternative to plain old cooked grains, and would be a perfect accompaniment to tempeh, tofu, or another plant-based protein of your choice.

10. Baked Crispy Cauliflower Rice Bites

Baked Crispy Cauliflower Rice Bites
The ultimate game day snack — baked, not fried! Skip the pre-packed fried snacks and make these crispy Baked Cauliflower Rice Bites at your next event, where they’re sure to be a huge hit. Serve with a side of cool vegan ranch dressing for dipping.

11. Cauliflower Rice Paper Samosas With Tangy Mint Chutney

Cauliflower Rice Paper Samosas With Tangy Mint Chutney [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Move over deep-fried, potato-laden samosas – Cauliflower Rice Paper Samosas With Tangy Mint Chutney are here to stay! Rice paper bakes up like a dream – it’s crisp, thin, light and definitely samosa-worthy. The traditional starchy potato filling is replaced by cauliflower, which is a uniquely lighter alternative. Dipping them in tangy mint chutney really seals the deal!


12. Savory Butternut Squash and Chestnut Pie

Savory Butternut Squash and Chestnut Pie [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Savory Butternut Squash and Chestnut Pie is perfect for showcasing two of autumn’s greatest seasonal produce: butternut squash and chestnuts! It is really easy to make so don’t let the many steps intimidate you. The cauliflower “crust” won’t taste like a flour based one, but it’s delicious in its own right!

13. Sweet Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Sweet Coconut Cauliflower Rice

This Sweet Coconut Cauliflower Rice has a naturally sweet flavor from coconut oil, turmeric, and paprika without added sugar. It’s a great recipe for anybody grain-free who wants a side that they can serve with practically anything. This pairs perfectly with Middle Eastern dishes, hot and spicy curries, or any fragrant dish.

14. Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn

Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]
Let’s make popcorn today! This Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn is salty and crunchy while being a nutritious alternative to corn. Showcasing turmeric, often called “the queen of spices”, with its immunity and metabolism boosting benefits, this snack tastes great and is gentle on your body.

15. Fried Cauliflower Rice With Scrambled Tofu

Cauliflower Fried Rice With Scrambled Tofu
Packed with spring veggies and scrambled tofu, this version grain-free Fried Cauliflower Rice With Scrambled Tofu is an amazing way to start your day. This hearty breakfast is packed with flavor without the heaviness of rice, but thanks to the tofu scramble, it’ll fill you up. Top this with a drizzle of Sriracha just before serving, if spicy food is your style.
Cauliflower is such a wonderful, versatile vegetable — what’s your favorite way to prepare it? Tell us in the comments!
Lead image source: Cauliflower Flatbread