The Best Broccoli and Cauliflower Recipes
Are you on the brassicas bus? if not, you should be. Here are our best broccoli and cauliflower recipes that are sure to make a veggie lover out of anyone. The great news is you can swap broccoli for cauliflower or vice versa in virtually any recipe – or even use their cousin, Romanesco.
California grows about 90% of the nation’s broccoli and cauliflower crops – that’s why we have so many fabulous recipes for both of them!
Let’s get to know these two cruciferous wonders:
All about broccoli:
Broccoli is loaded with healthy vitamins and nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. It grows as a large, flowering head and both the head and stem are edible.
Gai lan, Kai-lan or “Chinese Broccoli” is a tender, long-stemmed variety that has a stronger and slightly more bitter flavor.
Broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and gai lan, with a similar flavor to broccoli and smaller heads and longer, tender stems.
All about cauliflower:
Cauliflower is a superstar superfood. It’s high in vitamins C and K, is a good source of folate, and also contains choline and other nutrients.
While white cauliflower is the most common, there are varieties of the plant that grow bright purple, gold/yellow or orange, and neon green. The green variety is sometimes called “broccoflower” – even though it’s entirely cauliflower and not a hybrid. Romanesco is technically a variety of green cauliflower.
Now, let’s get cooking! Here are our favorite CA GROWN broccoli and cauliflower recipes, along with some delicious dishes from a few of our friends. And just remember, if broccoli can become noodles and cauliflower can become pizza crust, you can do almost anything too!
Broccoli Recipes you’ve got to try:
This Broccoli Pesto recipe by Jessica of Big Delicious Life. Lightly steamed broccoli florets are whizzed together with fresh basil, garlic, walnuts, parmesan and lots of olive oil to give this traditional condiment and pasta sauce a fun twist. Stir gobs of it into pasta, slather it on sandwiches, dollop it on pizza or swirl it into your soup – the pesto possibilities are endless.
Brace yourself for the creamiest, most flavorful broccoli salad recipe on the internet! Our broccoli salad base recipe is a hearty one-bowl salad situation that is best suited as a side dish, but when you add shredded chicken and chopped bacon to the mix this side salad takes center stage as the easiest supper sized salad on the planet.
This broccoli stirfry from This Mess is Ours is an easy and nutritious weeknight plant-based meal that goes from start to finish faster than you can cook a pot of rice. This recipe is chock-full of crisp, tender broccoli with just the slightest char and a generous helping of our homemade Teriyaki Sauce recipe that is free of refined sugars and loaded with big flavor!
Fresh herbs, broccoli, corn, two kinds of cheese, perfectly seasoned chicken, and rice topped with basil – sounds like perfection to us! This broccoli casserole recipe from Britney Breaks Bread has us feeling nostalgic for her revamp of this classic comfort food.
Looking for a delicious and satisfying meal that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion? Look no further than this recipe for easy mac and cheese with broccoli from Dinner Cult. Made with simple ingredients and packed with flavor, this dish is sure to become a family favorite!
Incredible Cauliflower recipes everyone will love:
An incredible recipe for whole head of cauliflower stuffed with a cheesy spinach and artichoke filling, topped with crispy parmesan Panko breadcrumbs and baked to golden brown perfection – who wouldn’t want to try that? This recipe by Jessica of Big Delicious Life will definitely be on repeat.
Brace your tastebuds for a vegetarian “steak” that you can really sink your teeth into! Our recipe for Cauliflower Steak is easy to make, perfectly tender, and full of flavor thanks to a slathering of Blue Cheese Butter.
Try our friend Sarah’s Sicilian-inspired Cauliflower steak recipe too!
If you’ve never had Bang Bang sauce, you’ve yet to live your best life. Bang Bang sauce is creamy, sweet, spicy and ridiculously easy to make. Jessica of Big Delicious Life uses it as a dip all the time for chicken, veggies, shrimp, anything that needs a dunk. Try this Bang Bang Cauliflower recipe today!
No complicated three-step breading process. No messy, splatter-y stovetop deep-frying. Sarah of The Delicious Life‘s recipe for Cauliflower Parmesan is melty mozzarella cheese with those burnt bubbles, toasty panko breadcrumbs that stay crisp, and cauliflower instead of chicken.
The best of both worlds – Broccoli and Cauliflower Recipes:
These recipe have both broccoli and cauliflower – and they’re so delicious!