36 Plant-Based Cauliflower Recipes

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Assortment of plant-based cauliflower recipes

We’re BIG cauliflower fans over here. It’s an ultra-versatile vegetable that can work its way into nearly any meal, is full of nutrients, and is just plain delicious! Today we’re sharing 36 of our all-time FAVE vegan (and gluten-free!) recipes using this magical veggie! From cauli basics to plant-based breakfasts (yes!), sides, and hearty mains, get your cauliflowers ready and find a dish you’ll LOVE in this round-up!

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Cauliflower Basics

Parchment-lined baking sheet filled with Curry Roasted Cauliflower
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How to Roast Cauliflower
An easy, step-by-step tutorial for how to prepare, roast, and serve cauliflower!
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Close up shot of a bowl of cauliflower rice for our How to Make Cauliflower Rice Tutorial
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How to Make Cauliflower Rice
1-ingredient cauliflower rice, perfect for practically any dish that calls for brown or white rice!
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Bowl of Crispy Baked Cauliflower made with curry powder
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Quick Crispy Cauliflower
Our go-to method for making crispy, flavorful cauliflower FAST! Ready in 30 minutes with 4 simple ingredients, this cauliflower is a perfect side dish or addition to bowls, salads, and more!
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Whole Roasted Cauliflower on a metal platter with a side of chimichurri
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The Best Whole Roasted Cauliflower (5 Ingredients!)
The secrets to a perfect whole roasted cauliflower with two spice options, easy-to-follow methods, and serving ideas! A flavorful, wholesome alternative entrée or festive appetizer. Just 5 ingredients required!
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Breakfasts

Geometric glasses of our Warming Winter Green Smoothie
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Warming Winter Smoothie
An Ayurvedic-inspired warming smoothie for the colder months. Veggies, fruit, and warming spices nourish the body without cooling it down. A delicious afternoon snack, workout recovery drink, or morning breakfast.
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Bowls of our PB Banana Smoothie Bowl for a healthy breakfast
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Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie Bowl
A 5-minute creamy green smoothie bowl infused with banana and peanut butter! Packed with vitamin- and nutrient-rich ingredients. The perfect marriage of savory and sweet in a healthy breakfast or snack.
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Sides

Two jars of Escabeche made with jalapeño and habanero
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Spicy Pickled Cauliflower (Escabeche)
A step-by-step guide for making spicy quick pickled cauliflower, also known as escabeche. Only 9 ingredients and 10 minutes hands-on prep required!
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Lemon wedges and fresh cilantro on a platter of our Cauliflower Rice Mujadara recipe
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Curried Cauliflower Rice with Lentils & Crispy Shallot (Mujadara-Inspired)
A grain-free, healthier take on Middle Eastern-inspired mujadara with cauliflower rice, lentils, and crispy shallot! A satisfying, affordable, flavorful side dish or main.
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White ceramic baking dish filled with Curry Cauliflower Wings alongside a bowl of green chutney for dipping
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Spicy Red Curry Cauliflower “Wings”
Amazing, spicy red curry cauliflower wings that are baked not fried, gluten-free, and plant-based. They require just 9 ingredients! Pair with my simple green chutney dipping sauce for a guilt-free snack or side.
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Cooking Mexican-inspired Easy Green Cauliflower Rice in a dutch oven
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Green Cauliflower Rice (20 minutes!)
Fluffy, tender cauliflower rice made green thanks to a blend of peppers and herbs! Just 20 minutes and 8 ingredients required.
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Grabbing some Korean-Inspired Cauliflower Wings wrapped in lettuce leaves with shredded carrot
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Spicy Korean Style Cauliflower Wings
Amazingly flavorful 8-ingredient, 30-minute cauliflower wings! Seasoned with Korean gochujang sauce and baked until tender. A flavorful appetizer or side dish that’s also soy- and nut-free!
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Using a serving spoon to scoop Garlic Mashed Cauliflower from a tray
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Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Move over mashed potatoes — there's a new side in town! Try our 6-ingredient, 30-minute whipped cauliflower that's creamy, comforting, salty, garlicky, buttery, and SO easy to make! The perfect plant-based, gluten-free side!
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Mains

Using wooden salad spoons to pick up a serving of Lentil Grape Cauliflower Salad
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Curried Cauliflower, Grape & Lentil Salad
Crazy delicious kale salad topped with red grapes, lentils, and curry roasted cauliflower. Served with a tahini-green curry paste dressing! Just 30 minutes required for this flavorful side or entrée.
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Bowl of creamy cauliflower soup
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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Incredibly rich, creamy roasted cauliflower soup with plenty of garlic, white beans, and a hint of ground nutmeg. Just 10 simple ingredients required!
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Bowl of General Tso's Cauliflower with rice and broccoli
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General Tso’s Cauliflower
Cauliflower florets baked with a spicy, General Tso’s-inspired sauce to crispy perfection. Gluten-free, plant-based, and just 10 ingredients required!
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Using a fork and knife to cut into a Cashew Cauliflower Steak topped with dates and mint
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Cashew-Crusted Cauliflower “Steak”
INCREDIBLE Cashew-Crusted Cauliflower “Steak”! 10 ingredients, flavorful, crisp on the outside, tender on the inside. A delicious side or entrée with plenty of protein!
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Wooden spoon in a pan of Cauliflower Potato Red Lentil Curry topped with fresh cilantro
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30-Minute Potato Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry
A rich and hearty curry of potato, cauliflower, and red lentil made in just 30 minutes! Hearty, comforting, and incredibly satisfying.
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Tray displaying two gluten-free vegan Cauliflower Banh Mi sandwiches with a jar of pickled veggies behind it
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Cauliflower Banh Mi
Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich made with savory, caramelized cauliflower, sriracha mayo, and quick-pickled vegetables. Just 30 minutes to make this hearty sandwich!
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Big pan of Cauliflower Dal Green Curry packed with fresh greens
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1-Pot Cauliflower Dal Green Curry
Green curry with coconut milk, moong dal, cauliflower, and loads of greens! A hearty, flavorful, 1-pot meal inspired by Indian and Thai cuisines!
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Pan of Cauliflower Rice Kitchari topped with fresh cilantro
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1-Pot Cauliflower Rice Kitchari
A hearty 1-pot meal of kitchari — a traditional Ayurvedic dish for when comfort food is on the brain. Easy to digest and incredibly soothing, our inspired take on this flavorful dish can be served atop greens, grains, or roasted vegetables.
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Skillet of marinara sauce beside a batch of Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Arancini
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Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Arancini (Vegan)
10-ingredient vegan arancini with cauliflower rice, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil. Inspired by an Italian dish that’s typically cooked rice stuffed with cheese and fried, only my version is healthier and veganized!
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Wooden spoon in a pot of Vegan Yellow Chickpea Curry
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1-Pot Yellow Chickpea Cauliflower Curry
Easy, 1-pot Vibrant Yellow Curry with cauliflower and chickpeas! A 30-minute hearty and satisfying entrée or side perfect over greens, cauliflower rice, or grains!
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Cutting board with a pizza made using our Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe
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Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust
A simple vegan cauliflower pizza crust requiring 9 basic ingredients and easy-to-follow methods. The end product is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and perfect for replacing traditional pizza crust!
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Using wooden spoons to pick up a serving of our Vegan Cauliflower Stir Fry recipe
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30-Minute Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry
Easy, flavorful, satisfying cauliflower rice stir fry ready in just 30 minutes! Vegetable-rich, studded with roasted cashews, grain-free!
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Plate of our vegan Masala-spiced Tofu Scramble for breakfast
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Masala-Spiced Tofu Scramble
A masala-spiced tofu scramble with roasted cauliflower, onion, and kale that takes just 30 minutes from start to finish. Healthy, satisfying, delicious, and perfect for any time of day!
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Big pot of vegan Curried Cauliflower Lentil Soup
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Creamy Curried Cauliflower Lentil Soup (1 Pot!)
Creamy, Indian-inspired 1-pot curried cauliflower soup with carrots, ginger, and red lentils! Subtly spiced, quick and easy to make, and perfect for meal prep!
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DELICIOUS Shawarma Roasted Cauliflower STEAK! 30 minutes, BIG flavor, served with Chutney! #vegan #glutenfree #cauliflower #recipe #plantbased #minimalistbaker
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Shawarma Roasted Cauliflower “Steak”
Hearty, 30-minute cauliflower steak seasoned with a smoky shawarma spice blend, roasted until tender with a crust, and served with chutney!
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Wood board filled with Roasted Cauliflower Tacos made with Adobo Romesco
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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Romesco
Smoky, roasted cauliflower tacos with a spicy chipotle romesco sauce! An easy (30 minutes!) and flavorful plant-based meal that’s versatile, healthy, and so satisfying!
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Baking pan filled with a batch of our Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Broccoli Bake for a simple vegan dinner
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Cheesy Cauliflower Rice & Broccoli Bake
Savory, cheesy cauliflower rice and broccoli bake with just 10 ingredients required! The perfect healthy, comforting side dish for holidays and every day!
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Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls made with guacamole, cilantro, and black beans
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Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl
Flavorful 30-minute burrito bowls made with seasoned cauliflower rice, black beans, grilled peppers and onions, and guacamole! Hearty, plant-based fun.
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Plate with naan, roasted cauliflower, and Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry
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Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry (30 Minutes!)
A cauliflower sweet potato curry inspired by aloo gobi with sweet potatoes and roasted cauliflower! Simple ingredients and 30 minutes required for this delicious, hearty plant-based meal!
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Baking pan filled with Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers
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Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers
Savory, simple, 10-ingredient stuffed peppers with cauliflower rice, black beans, smoky seasonings, and salsa! A hearty, healthy, plant-based meal.
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Big plate of Vegan Garlicky Spicy Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower
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Garlic Chili Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower
Garlicky, chili-spiced simple linguini tossed with vegan parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and garlic-roasted cauliflower! A flavorful, satisfying plant-based dish requiring just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes.
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Chopsticks resting on a plate of Crispy Peanut Tofu over Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry
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Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry
Crispy tofu that's baked, not fried, and tossed in a 5-ingredient peanut glaze! Serve over cauliflower rice with sautéed veggies for a flavorful meal that's entirely vegan + gluten free!
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Two bowls of our Rich Red Curry served over brown rice
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Rich Red Curry with Roasted Vegetables
Rich coconut milk and red pepper-based curry with roasted vegetables and cauliflower or brown rice! A hearty, flavorful, 30-minute plant-based meal.
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Bowls of Coconut Curried Golden Lentils with cauliflower rice, cabbage, kale, cilantro, roasted sweet potato, lime and chimichurri
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Nourishing Curried Lentil & Sweet Potato Bowl
An amazingly nourishing, delicious bowl with roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower rice, curried lentils, and cilantro chutney. Just 30 minutes and SO tasty!
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  1. jayagopi says

    Absolutely smashing cauliflower recipes. I love cauliflower. So, I’m going to try out many of your recipes. Thanks for sharing 👍❤️

      • Jay says

        Tried the cauliflower and chick peas curry. Came out great. Had to make a few changes to tailor it to my needs. Didn’t use coconut in any form, left out also maple syrup. Need to keep my cholesterol under control 😄Used fresh tamarind and made juice out of it.
        Will try out the other recipes too. Thanks👍

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          We’re so glad you enjoyed both recipes and able to modify as needed, Jay! Thank you for sharing!

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