21 Things to Do with Cauliflower (aka the New Kale)


If you hadn’t heard the news, cauliflower is the new kale.

That new title comes for a good reason. The vegetable can be made into vegan buffalo wings after all. And pizza crust. It has vitamin C, fiber and potassium, and while you may have heard the “stay away from white foods” line, that doesn’t apply here. Add to that B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K and you have one powerful vegetable.

The majority of the appeal of the “new kale” comes from the fact that you can do so much with it. So get started with these:

1. Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Spices, Garlic and Lemon

Roasting may in fact be the easiest thing you can do, and one of the most delicious.

2. Cauliflower Mash

You may have made a version of cooked cauli mash, but how about a raw one? This one comes from raw food extraordinaire Ani Phyo.

3. Cauliflower Rice

Yes, you can replace rice with a vegetable, and when you do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

4. Curried Cauliflower Soup with Mustard Seed Oil

Cook and puree, this soup recipe is simple and hearty, with the perfect dash of spice for winter.

5. Dairy-Free Lemon Pudding

I bet you never thought you’d see it in pudding did you? Well now you have.

6. Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric and Cumin

The new kale works great as a vegetarian alternative to meat. In this recipe they get baked to be served as “steaks.”

7. Savory Cauliflower Cake

This recipe makes a savory cake that’s somewhere in between a quiche and a meatless meatloaf.

8. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

There are many renditions on this recipe, and it’s no surprise why it’s popular. Gluten-free, and best of all: you used a vegetable to make a pizza crust!

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9. Cauliflower Tortillas

If you can make pizza crust, then you can make tortillas. Hello tacos.

10. Cinnamon Cauliflower Coffee Cake with Caramel Sauce


11. Vegan White Cheese Party Dip

Better prep for that Super Bowl party by mastering this recipe.

12. Bulgur and Cauliflower Salad

A salad that is cold weather-friendly.

13. Cauliflower Falafel

This versatile veggie mixed together with just the right spices, and covered in tahini sauce.

14. Vegan Buffalo Wing Pizza with Tofu Blue Cheese Spread

Yeah, your vegan comfort food taste buds just went crazy didn’t they?

15. Curry Pickled Cauliflower

Pickle this veg and take it to a whole new level.

16. Cauliflower and Caramelized Onion Tart

A creamy and wintry dish that you’ll probably want two slices of.

17. Saffron Roasted Cauliflower

A whole new take on roasting.

18. Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

Good as a dip or as a spread on sandwiches.

19. Secret Ingredient Brownies

Bet you know what the secret ingredient is, don’t you? Oh, and these are vegan and gluten-free of course.

20. Chocolate Cauliflower Shake

Have your new favorite vegetable and drink it too.

21. Cauliflower and Kale Salad

If cauliflower is the new kale then putting the two together makes this the most modern salad you could make.

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Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.