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Best Ottolenghi cauliflower recipes

by Rachel Deeley

published on 18 May 2023

Cauliflower is something of an unsung hero of the vegetable world, but it is increasingly getting recognised as an ingredient with great potential. That’s thanks in no small part to star chef Yotam Ottolenghi, whose bold flavours and Middle Eastern-inspired recipes champion vegetables like the humble cauliflower, elevating it from overlooked side to showstopping main.

We’ve rounded up some of the best Ottolenghi recipes that celebrate the texture and versatility of cauliflower, whether it’s anchoring a flavourful one-pan roast, enhancing a mouth-watering savoury purée, or tossed in a bright and refreshing salad.

Saffron Cauliflower

Saffron Cauliflower

from Plenty

Featuring olives, sultanas and saffron, this one-tray wonder is roasted cauliflower with a Middle Eastern twist.

From the book

Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi’s Alphonso Mango and Curried Chickpea Salad

The last-minute addition of fresh mango brings brightness and contrast to this dish of warm, spiced cauliflower and chickpeas

Celeriac Purée with Spiced Cauliflower and Quail’s Eggs

Celeriac Purée with Spiced Cauliflower and Quail’s Eggs

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ramael Scully

Perfect for any brunch or dinner party spread, this celeriac dip – topped with a mix of grated cauliflower, ras el hanout, preserved lemon and chopped almonds – is a great alternative to hummus.

From the book

Yotam Ottolenghi, Ramael Scully

The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Shawarma Cauliflower with Green Tahini

by The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team, Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad

Warm, charred, and perfectly spiced, this vegan shawarma recipe makes for a great side dish, crudité alternative, or pita filling.

Ottolenghi’s Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Salad

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Made with crispy roasted cauliflower, celery, toasted hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds, a sweet-yet-sharp maple dressing, and plenty of spices, this recipe is the ultimate addition to your winter salad rotation.

Smoky Frittata

Smoky Frittata

from Plenty

A rich and indulgent take on the classic egg dish, combining lightly pan-fried cauliflower pieces with mature cheddar, smoked scamorza and dijon mustard.

Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad

from Simple

As well as being super easy to prepare, this bright, herbaceous salad combines raw grated cauliflower with roasted florets and leaves, demonstrating just how versatile this vegetable really is.

Curried Cauliflower Cheese Filo Pie

The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Curried Cauliflower Cheese Filo Pie

by The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team

This hearty recipe is turns everyone’s favourite roast dinner side into a heavenly pie with a crisp filo crust. Serve with a simple, crisp green salad with a sharp dressing.


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