Cauliflower: A culinary blank canvas

11 Recipes
The rainbow cauliflower taco with grilled corn and cashew puree is a vegan menu item at Trejo's Cantina in Hollywood.
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Its neutral taste, texture and color make it perfect for exploring different flavors and cooking techniques.

Everywhere you turn, there it is: cauliflower rice, cauliflower wings, cauliflower steak and cauliflower pizza crust (at Chuck E. Cheese, no less!). Cauliflower and cauliflower products abound and for good reason. Just now coming into season in Southern California, the white cruciferous vegetable is nutrient-dense and offers bona fide health benefits. High in fiber as well as vitamins B, C and K and antioxidants, it is said to promote weight loss and colon and brain health and to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Diet-friendly, cauliflower is standard fare for most eating trends, from weight loss programs to vegan to gluten-free to paleo, keto, clean and beyond. But you don’t have to be into fad diets to appreciate this veritable culinary blank canvas. Its neutral taste, texture and color make it perfect for exploring different flavors and cooking techniques. Here are some recipes to tickle your palate.

Ceviche vegetariano

Yields Serves 6 as a main dish or 8 to 10 as a first course

Grilled Cauliflower Wedges

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Cauliflower "Panna Cotta" With Beluga Caviar

Time 3 hours
Yields Serves 12

Roasted rainbow cauliflower tacos

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes 6 tacos

Triple cheese curried cauliflower gratin

Time Total time: 3½ to 4 hours
Yields Serves 12

Salt and Vinegar Cauliflower

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Spicy Tahini Sauce

Time 1 hour 30 minutes, largely unattended
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Everyday cauliflower (Roz ki gobi)

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Crunchy cauliflower steaks alla parmigiana

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4 to 6