10 Cauliflower Recipes That Aren’t Pizza Crust

Make carb-heavy dishes, like tater tots and gnocchi, a little healthier by swapping out traditional ingredients for cauliflower.


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Cauliflower is a favorite ingredient because it can be easily used in carb-based or dairy-based recipes without sacrificing flavor or consistency. To give you some inspiration, we rounded up ten cauliflower-based recipes that aren’t the usual cauliflower pizza crust or rice.

1. 5-Ingredient Baked Cauliflower Tots
Via Just a Taste

Made with only five ingredients, these tots are a simple swap for the fried version. When pulsing the cauliflower, be sure to not over mix, or it will be too wet to form the tots.

2. Cauliflower Tortillas
Via Flavorite

Swap out your usual corn tortillas for cauliflower tortillas, made of only eggs, salt, pepper, and cauliflower. Once the tortillas are cooked, brown them on a pan over medium heat.

3. Low Carb Cauliflower Gnocchi
Via Sugar-Free Mom

Because the cauliflower is cooked before boiling the gnocchi, you only need about two minutes of boiling time. The gnocchi can also be frozen prior to using.

4. Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
Via Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Cauliflower gives this sauce its creamy consistency, making it a great vegan option. The roasted garlic can be made right at home with just a drizzle of olive oil.

5. Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie
Via The Lean Green Bean

Packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fat, this smoothie uses cauliflower instead of banana. To ease digestion, lightly steam the cauliflower before adding it to the smoothie.

6. Low Carb Cauliflower Pot Pies
Via It’s Cheat Day Everyday

These mini pot pies use cauliflower mixed with eggs and parmesan as the base. Almond milk is used in the filling, making it a suitable recipe for those who are dairy-free.

7. Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup
Via Running on Real Food

Cauliflower is blended with carrots and some spices to create this creamy soup. Try serving the soup cold during the summer.

8. Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites
Via Diethood

These Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites are a great appetizer option or can be served over rice for a meal. Topping the bites with sesame seeds helps add nutty flavor and a crunchy texture.

9. Cauliflower Mock ‘Potato’ Salad
Via The Kitchen is My Playground

Serve this ‘potato’ salad for a healthy side dish at your next barbecue. Try swapping the sour cream or mayonnaise for Greek yogurt.

10. Healthy Cauliflower Fritters
Via Just a Taste

These easy fritters can be served with eggs, a dollop of yogurt, or even plain. The recipe calls for scallions and garlic, but fresh basil or spices of your choice would also work.