Cauliflower: it’s one of the trendiest vegetables you can eat right now. And also one of the most delicious! Try our vegetarian midweek meals and easy entertaining dishes below.
Want to serve cauliflower at a dinner party? Try our cauliflower steak recipes or whole roast cauliflower ideas. For more vibrant veg dishes, check out our broccoli recipes, cabbage recipes and fennel recipes.
Some quick facts for you: cauliflower is a member of the brassica family and while it’s almost always white, you can also find purple and green varieties. It’s available all-year round but is best between December and mid-April; choose cauliflowers with bright white heads (no discolouration) and crisp, green leaves.
When blitzed in a food processor, cauliflower resembles fine grains that can be used as a substitution for rice or couscous. You can stir-fry it, roast it or blast it in a microwave for a quick and healthy alternative to carbohydrates.
It’s great for vegetable and protein-packed bowls. Fry cauliflower rice in a drizzle of oil with salt and pepper and a few herbs or spices if you like. Tip into a bowl and top with grilled chicken, roasted veggies, lentils, beans, chickpeas, a few seeds and a dollop of yogurt or guacamole, and you’ve got yourself a super healthy protein-rich dinner.
Best cauliflower recipes
In Ukraine, all sorts of things, from schnitzel to whole river fish are fried in batter. Here, cauliflower gets the treatment. These easy fritters with a simple dip make for great snacks, ready in just 25 minutes.
Check out our veggie korma recipe with roast cauliflower. This curry recipe is low in calories and ready in just 30 minutes, ideal for an easy midweek dinner.
Check out our creamy spiced cauli soup recipe. This simple veggie soup is low in calories and ready in under an hour.
Check out our easy deep-fried cauliflower steaks with lightly toasted ciabatta rolls. Make these super simple veggie burgers for a quick dinner for four.
Make the most of cauliflower in this low-calorie pasta with lightly toasted pine nuts and sweet smoked paprika.
Cauli cheese. Arguably one of the heroes of British food. Is it really a roast dinner if there’s no super cheesy, crispy-topped, piping hot cauliflower cheese on the table? Easy to make, you may argue, but follow these handy hints and tips to make it unreal.
Crispy buttery capers are poured over tender, caramelised cauli steaks. No we’re not saying they taste like a steak, but they are just as good!
Spicy and smoky chorizo, juicy prawns and hot paprika make this a quick but just-as-good alternative to the rice version.
Banana, the surprise ingredient in this vegan cauliflower curry, adds sweetness and thickens the sauce. It’s a bit of a secret weapon, as it makes for a creamy, comforting dish.
Chunky wedges of roasted rose harissa cauliflower, served with warm hummus and a super-simple homemade dukkah.
Tajín is a classic Mexican seasoning made from lime, chilli and salt. It works so well on these moreish cauli bites with the cooling soured cream.
Check out our veggie buffalo wings with cauliflower and creamy blue cheese dip. Make these easy wings for a moreish veggie snack.
Check out this Indian spiced whole roasted cauliflower with fluffy rice, pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachios. This flavoursome recipe makes a showstoping veggie dish to serve friends and family at your next bbq.
A creamy tahini dressing and pink pickled onions make this a multi-tasking main, starter or side.
Shawarma-spiced butter with cumin, all spice, cardamom, lemon and garlic, liberally smothered over a whole cauliflower, barbecued and served with all the toppings. This tastes even better than it looks!
Oh hello low-carb cauli pizzas! How you’ve changed no-pizza diet plans for us…
These vegan, low calorie buffalo cauliflower tacos are ready in just 35 minutes and are so packed with flavour that you won’t even notice you’re being virtuous.
Check out our vibrant cauliflower salad recipe with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. This easy salad is vegan and low in calories, too.