With the holiday season fast-approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to serve at the parties and get-togethers. If you’re looking for a seasonal ingredient, why not try cauliflower? There are so many delicious and easy vegan cauliflower sides that pair with a large variety of dishes. Plus, cauliflower is so versatile! Wings, salads, croquettes and more! Vegan cauliflower sides are the way to go this holiday season!
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1. Roasted Cauliflower and Tahini Salad
This Roasted Cauliflower and Tahini Salad by Kristen Genton is DELICIOUS! Light in flavor, loaded with veggies! Plus, it has a delicious tahini lemon dressing that coats all the nooks and crannies so you get some serious flavor! The best part though is the freshness of the parsley. It definitely brightens everything up and gives a great herb flavor.
2. Thai Peanut Cauliflower Wings
Source: Thai Peanut Cauliflower Wings
If you love fresh modern vegan eats or all things Thai, you’re going to love these new vegan oven baked Thai Peanut Cauliflower Wings by Gabrielle St. Claire! There are so many perks to this recipe – quick and easy batter, crisp on the outside, they don’t get soggy, the sauce features staple ingredients, notes of sweet, notes of heat, it’s perf for any season, great for entertaining, can easily be made in bulk, can easily be made gluten-free, have aesthetic appeal with the toppings, and are such an affordable dish!
3. Golden Roasted Cauliflower Turmeric Coconut Soup
Tara Sunshine‘s Golden Roasted Cauliflower Turmeric Coconut Soup is creamy and comforting — without any actual cream — and infused with a wonderful deep, rich flavor from the roasted cauliflower. Honestly, caramelizing your cauliflower first is a total game changer! This soup is dairy and gluten-free and suitable for vegan, paleo and keto diets. Better still, it’s easy to make and packed with vitamins and minerals, disease-fighting antioxidants, healthy fats, and fibre.
4. Couscous and Vegetable Croquettes
Even if you’re no pro in the kitchen, you can cook these Couscous and Vegetable Croquettes by Valentina Chiappa. They’re so easy to make––just blend, mold, and bake! In 30 minutes you have delicious couscous croquettes. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the side––the perfect texture combo. The simple savory flavor pairs perfect with the beautifully seasoned sauce made of rocket, basil, paprika, olive oil, water, and pistachios.The quantity of rocket is up to you. Remember that it has a very intense taste, so you won’t want to overdo it. Try these couscous croquettes––they’re amazing!
5. Spicy Lime Cauliflower Steaks
Source: Spicy Lime Cauliflower Steaks
Since cauliflower steaks essentially absorb any flavor you cook them in, they can be made in countless different ways! In this particular recipe, they are seasoned with lime, paprika, cumin, and agave nectar for a touch of sweetness. Simple, quick, and extremely flavorful! You’ll love these Spicy Lime Cauliflower Steaks by Natalie Yonan!
6. Buffalo Cauliflower Mac
Source: Buffalo Cauliflower Mac
Buffalo cauliflower has been making the rounds, so it should come as no surprise that it turns up in a mac uncheese. The cheesy, saucy macaroni is a perfect foil for the spicy hot cauliflower! Try Vegan Mac and Cheese, Robin Robertson‘s Buffalo Cauliflower Mac!
7. Indian Cauliflower Rice
Source: Indian Cauliflower Rice
Nikki and Zuzana‘s Indian Cauliflower Rice with turmeric, lime and pistachios is an easy and quick side dish that happens to be gluten-free and grain-free. It’s a healthy addition to your veggie curries, buddha bowls and salads. Cauliflower rice (especially the recipe listed below) tastes delicious and is great for weekly meal prep. Make up a batch and add it to your meals for a veggie boost all week long. Cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy digestion, and provides a lot of vitamin C. It also belongs to the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. This Indian cauliflower rice is easy, healthy, and delicious––you’re in for a treat…
8. Sheet Pan Cauliflower With Crispy Onions and Caper-Parsley Vinaigrette
Come late fall, when you’re looking to make dinner and warm up the house at the same time, this Sheet Pan Cauliflower With Crispy Onions and Caper-Parsley Vinaigrette by Umami Bomb, Raquel Pelzel is one of the best vegetable dishes to cook. Heat the sheet pan with the oven, so the cauliflower and onions sizzle, just like they would in a skillet. The caper-parsley vinaigrette is here to add a little salty punch.
9. Herb Cauliflower Fritters
Source: Herb Cauliflower Fritters
What’s fab about this recipe for Herb Cauliflower Fritters by Gabrielle St. Claire is everything! It’s packed with cauliflower, fresh herbs, involves a handful of ingredients, packs tons of flavor, perfect for any season, great for entertaining!
10. Winter Purple Cauliflower Salad
Source: Winter Purple Cauliflower Salad
This Winter Purple Cauliflower Salad by Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek is topped with a citrus dressing, that ads acids and a bright taste to the vegetables. It mixes purple and white cauliflower, some broccoli, red kidney beans and slivered almonds, citrus dressing drizzled over it, and topped with a few mint leaves, just because!
11. Indian Cauliflower Rice
Source: Indian Cauliflower Rice
Indian cauliflower rice with turmeric, lime and pistachios is an easy and quick side dish that happens to be gluten-free and grain-free. It’s a healthy addition to your veggie curries, buddha bowls and salads. Cauliflower rice (especially the recipe listed below) tastes delicious and is great for weekly meal prep. Make up a batch and add it to your meals for a veggie boost all week long. Cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy digestion, and provides a lot of vitamin C. It also belongs to the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. This Indian Cauliflower Rice by Nikki and Zuzana is easy, healthy, and delicious––you’re in for a treat…
12. Raw Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Source: Raw Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
These Raw Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes by Olivia Budgen makes a perfect and healthy side dish to dollop onto your plate of fresh food. Enjoy at your holiday festivities, or at any other time cause they’re just that good!
13. Balsamic Maple Glazed Cauliflower
This Balsamic Maple Glazed Cauliflower by Kaylee Pauley takes on a wonderful Asian stir-fry flavor without the soy and additives! The batter is made with almond milk, almond meal, and flaxseed, before topping the whole thing with hemp seeds, making the cauliflower completely gluten-free!
14. Indian Spiced Popcorn Cauliflower
This phytonutrient-rich Indian Spiced Popcorn Cauliflower by The Living Kitchen, Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman is so addictively crispy, tender, and perfect that you will want to eat every last piece. You will love this recipe, and remember, sharing is optional.
15. Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad
Crazy Vegan Kitchen‘s Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad is full of zesty flavor, thanks to the cumin sumac dressing. Roasted cauliflower and sweet potato are mixed with fresh spinach and pomegranate seeds, then tossed with a dressing made from apple cider vinegar, sumac, and pomegranate molasses. The addition of pomegranate seeds adds a burst of sweetness that complements the roasted vegetables.
If you enjoyed these vegan cauliflower sides, make sure to check out 15 Plant-Based Creative Cauliflower Recipes!, 15 Delicious Homemade Cauliflower Entrees, 15 Plant-Based Holiday Entrées Featuring Cauliflower, and 5 Vegan Christmas Sides that Everyone Will Love!
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