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Cauliflower Side Dishes

Browse 21 different ways to use cauliflower in side dish recipes. I love cauliflower rice, but that’s not the only option and here you’ll find lots of other ways to use it. Cauliflower tots, fritters, mashed cauliflower, and even bread are just a few ways to serve cauliflower as a side dish. Looking for even more ideas? Be sure to browse my cauliflower dinner recipes, too!

cauliflower fritters.

Cauliflower Fritters | These fritters are keto-friendly, low-carb, and gluten-free. They’re crispy, cheesy and make a great side dish!

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites | These Parmesan cauliflower bites are crunchy and addicting. For a low-carb option try my keto cauliflower bites.

Twice Baked Cauliflower Potatoes | This is a reduced carb version of traditional twice-baked stuffed potatoes, using mashed cauliflower instead.

Popcorn Cauliflower | Crunchy baked pieces of cauliflower are easy to make and so delicious. This is a healthier version of popcorn chicken that you can serve as a side with your favorite main dishes.

cauliflower breadsticks.

Cauliflower Breadsticks | You can’t tell that these cheesy breadsticks are made with cauliflower – they taste like traditional ones! I also have cauliflower garlic bread that you might like, too!

Ranch Cauliflower Bites | If you love ranch seasoning you should give these crispy cauliflower bites a try. They’re crunchy and delicious served with some ranch dressing for dipping.

Cauliflower Tots | These crispy cauliflower tots are so good you won’t miss the potato. The texture is so similar to the potato, some might even be fooled into thinking these are regular tater tots. For a low-carb version try my keto tater tots made with cauliflower, too.

Cauliflower Gratin | This is a great side dish for holiday dinners and is lighter than a traditional potato gratin.

cauliflower arancini.

Cauliflower Arancini | Traditional arancini are made with leftover risotto, but this version uses cauliflower rice for a lower-carb version that tastes just as good.

Crispy Mashed Cauliflower Balls | Instead of using mashed potatoes, I use cauliflower mash to make these crispy bites.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites | I’ve served these as a side dish many times – they have a delicious buffalo sauce and taste like buffalo chicken. They’re baked instead of fried so they’re lighter and healthier.

up close view of pan of creamed cauliflower

Creamed Cauliflower | For a twist on creamed spinach, I used cauliflower florets instead. This is a creamy, cheesy side dish that is perfect for holiday dinners.

Cauliflower Bagels | If you are following a keto or low carb diet you can still have bagels! You will not believe how fluffy and chewy these cauliflower bagels are.

Cauliflower Bread | If you want bread on the side for dinner but want a low carb option, this is the bread to try. It’s also great for making low carb grilled cheese sandwiches.

close-up photo of mashed cauliflower in a bowl

Creamy Mashed Parmesan Cauliflower | After I tried cauliflower mash the first time, I thought I’d never go back to mashed potatoes again. This is a creamy and rich side dish but lighter. You won’t miss the potatoes.

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower | This is one of my favorite side dishes because it’s so easy to make. Roasted cauliflower has a nutty caramelized flavor that goes with so many main dishes.

Cauliflower Potato Salad | Make this salad and people might not even guess it wasn’t made with potatoes! It’s a great way to lighten up this classic side dish.

Cauliflower Bread Buns | This is the perfect gluten-free and low-carb bread option. The little breads are perfect served on the side for lots of main dishes or use it to make sandwiches and burgers. I also have bread you can make in the microwave!

garlic parmesan cauliflower mac and cheese

Parmesan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | With this dish you get the creamy rich cheese sauce, but low-carb because you sub the pasta for cauliflower. If you love a traditional cheddar cheese sauce, try my cauliflower mac and cheese. Both are an easy way to eat more veggies!

Curry Whole Roasted Cauliflower | This is a stunning dish for a special occasion dinner. A whole head of cauliflower is seasoned and roasted whole. Serve up the slices for a fun side dish.

Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins | These savory muffins are perfect with soup, stews, chilies. Cheesy, savory, and taste like regular muffins but made with cauliflower instead.

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4 comments on “Cauliflower Side Dishes”

  1. Thrilled with the many recipes and ideas.

  2. Thanks so much Stephanie, I love cauliflower, but my husband not so much. These recipes are a great start to create some tastie cauliflower recipes.