15 Ways We Love Cauliflower

All other vegetables pale in comparison to this alabaster crucifer

Roasted, raw, stewed, or charred—cauliflower is delicious no matter the cooking technique. Cauliflower recipes usually call for the vegetable to be boiled or roasted. But these versatile florets can take center stage in pasta recipes or the base of meal as South Asian-style pickles. Here are 15 cauliflower recipes that prove the versatility of this hearty cold-weather vegetable.

Chicken with Cauliflower and Leeks in Red Wine Sauce

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Beth Galton | Food Styling: Mariana Velasquez

Cauliflower, leeks, and bay leaf infuse this chicken dish's luscious, reduced red wine sauce with flavor. Get the recipe for Chicken with Cauliflower and Leeks in Red Wine Sauce »

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini
Neal Santos

Whole cauliflower is quartered and roasted with paprika, turmeric, and jalapeño in this wintry side dish. Get the recipe for Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini »

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH TAHINI SAUCE
Matt Taylor-Gross

Roasting cauliflower in a very hot oven gives it an appealing crisp-tender texture and toasty flavor that pairs perfectly with the tart tahini dipping sauce in this dish. Get the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini Sauce »

Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Soufflés

Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Soufflés
Joseph de Leo

Adding puréed cauliflower to an appetizer-sized soufflé gives the dish the heartiness to be a vegetarian main when served with a salad. Get the recipe for Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Soufflés »

Cauliflower Shawarma Berber

Cauliflower Shawarma Berber
Matt Taylor-Gross

This dish will make you dust off the grill in preparation for spring, and the taste of pomegranate will remind you of warm days on the way. Get the recipe for Cauliflower Shawarma Berber »

Quick-Pickled Cauliflower
Laura Sant

A quick pickle of cauliflower, peppers, and golden raisins is a simple, ideally acidic counterpoint to a rich main dish like flank steak. Get the recipe for Quick-Pickled Cauliflower »

Cauliflower with Tomato Sauce (Gulpea)
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Florets of cauliflower are stewed in a fragrant garlic-laced tomato sauce of fried onion, spices, and jalapeño in this Afghan dish from Nawida Saidhosin. Get the recipe for Cauliflower with Tomato Sauce (Gulpea) »

Pappardelle with Cauliflower and Mustard Brown Butter

Pappardelle with Cauliflower and Mustard Brown Butter
Joseph De Leo

Simple ingredients—chewy, charred cauliflower, fried capers and bread crumbs, and browned butter, bolstered by whole grain mustard—combine for the ultimate late-winter pasta. Get the recipe for Pappardelle with Cauliflower and Mustard Brown Butter »

Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad

Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad
Joseph De Leo

Aleppo pepper (a tangy Middle Eastern spice), raisins, and raw cauliflower marry in this simple yet unusual salad. Get the recipe for Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad »

Lemony Fried Cauliflower
Yossy Arefi

In this take on a traditional Sephardic Jewish dish, culupidia frita con limon, cauliflower are coated in a flour and egg batter, fried, and then bathed in lemon juice. As a side or a snack, it's crunchy, tender, and brimming with fresh, tangy flavor. Get the recipe for Lemony Fried Cauliflower »

Lamb and Cauliflower Stew

LAMB AND CAULIFLOWER STEW WITH HARISSA

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For this Middle Eastern–spiced stew, cauliflower stems are minced and sautéed in the mirepoix to add flavor, while the florets are broiled and added at the end of cooking to offer crunch and body. Get the recipe for Lamb and Cauliflower Stew With Harissa »

Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce

Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce

Joseph De Leo

Picada is a Catalan-style pesto, made here with almonds, parsley, and chocolate—a surprise ingredient that adds a pleasing touch of bitterness to this delicious side dish. Get the recipe for Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce »

Cauliflower, Carrot, and Cabbage Achar (Malaysian-Style Pickle)

Cauliflower, Carrot, and Cabbage Pickle
Khushbu Shah

This Malaysian-style mixed vegetable pickle is made with a rempah, or spice paste, stirred into the brine for an extra boost of flavor and texture. Get the recipe for Cauliflower, Carrot, and Cabbage Achar (Malaysian-Style Pickle) »

Roasted Cauliflower with Coffee Sauce
Farideh Sadeghin

Tossed in a bold espresso-infused oil, then broiled until just charred, a savory shallot–coffee sauce takes this holiday-worthy side dish over the top. Get the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Coffee Sauce »

Farro Grain Bowl
Farideh Sadeghin

A simple grain bowl is the perfect easy meal: quick, nourishing, and plenty satisfying. Florets of cauliflower go great with the earthy taste of farro but feel free to use any leftovers you have in your fridge. Get the recipe for Farro Grain Bowl »