Anything You Can Make with Potatoes, You Can Make Better with Cauliflower

You will be able to fool almost any potato-lover with these cauliflower dishes
Anything You Can Make with Potatoes, You Can Make Better with Cauliflower

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This cruciferous vegetable makes an excellent healthy substitution for potatoes because of its mild flavor and smooth texture when cooked.

The incredible versatility of the cauliflower has changed our opinion of broccoli’s paler kin. This cruciferous vegetable has been riced, turned into pasta, and for perhaps our favorite potato impersonation, cauliflower excellently mimics the taste and texture of potatoes.

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But why should you replace potatoes, which are rich in vitamin C and B6, with cauliflower? Cauliflower contains less than half the calories of potatoes per serving, but more importantly cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory, low-carb food that will still provide you with plenty of (more, actually) vitamin C.

Whether you are looking for a healthy version of mashed potatoes, tater tots, or cheesy gratin these recipes utilize the texture and mild taste of cauliflower to mimic your favorite starch.

Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin

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Try this recipe for a Cauliflower Gratin that is loaded with gruyere.


Cauliflower gratin isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel when it comes to casseroles, but this version certainly does, with an all-around perfect Gruyère cheese sauce and alternative baking times for the most perfect results. — Casserole Queens

For the Cauliflower Gratin recipe, click here.

Cauliflower Pakora

Cauliflower Pakora

Chandriga Chandraan

This pakora recipe uses cauliflower in place of potato.


This little fried snack, which is often made with potato is made with cauliflower instead for this recipe. Serve these nuggets, spiced with turmeric, ginger, and fennel seed with a tamarind orange chutney.

For the Cauliflower Pakora recipe, click here.

Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower Tots

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Try this healthier twist on a tater tot that uses cauliflower in place of the potato.


Whip up these healthier baked tots that use shredded cauliflower rather than potatoes for a quick snack or casual party appetizer.

For the Cauliflower Tots recipe, click here.

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

Vanessa Chamberlin

Try this easy Mashed Cauliflower recipe that you can serve in place of mashed potatoes.


Top this recipe for a healthy cauliflower mash with this one for a rich mushroom gravy. If you hate lumps, pass your cauliflower mash through a fine sieve once for silky smooth potato-like purée.

For the Cauliflower Mash recipe, click here.

'No Potato' Cauliflower Salad

No-Potato Cauliflower Salad

Isabel de los Rios

Swap cauliflower for potatoes in this classic mayonnaise-based salad recipe.


Another wonderful option to make traditional potato salad a healthy choice is to use cauliflower instead of potatoes. Here's a recipe that will keep your carb intake low and increase your veggie intake for the day. — Isabel De Los Rios

For the ‘No Potato’ Cauliflower Salad recipe, click here.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.