What to serve with cauliflower steaks can be a tricky question. You need a side dish that complements the bold flavors of the cauliflower without being overshadowed.
Cauliflower tastes a little nutty and a little sweet. Grilling a cauliflower steak gives it a slight caramel taste that is irresistible. You need to keep all of these flavors in mind when choosing a side dish!
A great cauliflower steak side dish should also be vegetable-based. Most people love cauliflower steak because it is vegetarian and super healthy.
The side dishes you choose to serve with your cauliflower steaks should be just as good for you as the cauliflower itself!
We have thought about cauliflower steaks long and hard, then compiled this list of delicious side dishes. You are sure to find a recipe on here that you love! Take a look and see which recipe catches your eye first!
Cauliflower Steak Sides: 15 Recipes You’ll Love
We searched and searched for the most delicious, easy sides for roasted cauliflower steak. There are actually quite a few ideas out there!
From grilled vegetables to flavorful rice dishes, we have found them all. We focused on the veggie-heavy meals since that is what cauliflower steaks are all about!
We also made sure to pick sides with lots of flavorful spices and herbs. There are no boring side dishes on this list! Take a look and get ready to be very hungry by the end of this article.
1. Mexican Rice and Beans
Give your cauliflower steak dinner a Mexican flair by pairing it with our Simple Green Moms rice and beans. This is an easy side dish that has a ton of flavor.
Our rice and beans are made with cumin, paprika, and garlic powder. The rice and beans mix is tossed with tomato salsa, adding even more flavor.
Sprinkle your roasted cauliflower steaks with a little cumin and paprika too. The more flavor, the better!
The beans add a lot of protein to your meal. We love healthy recipes!
2. Green Beans
Green beans are a wonderful side to pair with cauliflower steaks. It fits the veggie theme of the meal and also adds a nice color to the plate.
These green beans almondine from Cookie and Kate are a wonderful side to pair with grilled cauliflower steaks or roasted cauliflower steak.
Sliced almonds are toasted in a skillet with butter. Shallots and beans are added to the pan. A little lemon juice, salt, and pepper finish the dish.
The crunchy almonds go well with the crisp caramelized edges of the cauliflower steaks.
3. Olive Oil and Garlic Potato Wedges
Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, these potato wedges are truly amazing. Follow this recipe from Creme de la Crumb, and you will have perfectly golden brown potato wedges in no time!
Be sure to use russet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes. These are the best potatoes for roasting.
Olive oil tastes best and goes well with olive oil brushed cauliflower steaks. Spread the oiled potato wedges on a baking sheet and let the oven do all the work!
A little parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper top the potato wedges. They are delicious when straight out of the oven.
4. Grilled Corn
Delicious grilled corn is an amazing summertime side dish to serve with cauliflower steaks. Grilled corn is especially great when you plan to make grilled cauliflower steaks.
You can fire up the hot grill and cook everything you need!
Try making this Mexican-style grilled corn from Simply Recipes. The corn is covered in sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, and chipotle pepper. It is flavorful and actually pretty easy to make.
Grilling cauliflower and grilling corn sound like a perfect summer meal.
5. Roasted Broccoli
Broccoli florets are cut into bite-sized pieces and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Gently brush the broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The florets are ready to roast!
Some minced garlic and lemon juice are the perfect finishing touch that any recipe developer would applaud.
Sprinkle some fresh parmesan cheese over your roasted broccoli. Add a little to your roasted cauliflower steaks while you’re at it!
6. Lemon Couscous
Lemon couscous and herb salad from Inspired Taste is the perfect recipe to go with your cauliflower steaks. It adds some healthy, hearty starch to your meal and also some extra veggies!
Large pearl couscous has a wonderful texture that will go well with your thick slices of cauliflower. Couscous is way more exciting than regular old white rice! The salad is delicious served cold or warm.
Serve a small bowl of lemon couscous next to your cauliflower steaks, or place the cauliflower slice right on top of the couscous salad. Make this recipe when you want something a little more filling but still nice and light.
7. Roasted Asparagus
Asparagus is such a perfect vegetable to pair with cauliflower steak. The flavor of asparagus complements the bold taste of cauliflower well.
Our Simple Green Moms recipe for roasted asparagus is so simple to make. Fresh asparagus spears are spread on a baking sheet and drizzled with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
The asparagus bakes until the tips are crispy and the stem end is tender.
Add a little lime juice and some parmesan cheese to the asparagus and to the head of cauliflower to make the two foods match.
8. Baked Sweet Potato
These baked sweet potatoes from Skinnytaste are so simple and delicious that it is almost hard to believe. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork, wrap them in foil and then bake.
The sweet potatoes come out with a soft skin and fluffy center. Use a fork to fluff the potatoes, then top them with some butter.
Sweet potatoes add a nice sweet flavor to your pungent cauliflower steak.
9. Roasted Mushrooms
A plate of oven-roasted mushrooms alongside a tender cauliflower steak sounds like an incredible meal. These oven-roasted garlic mushrooms from The Kitchen Girl are so full of flavor that you won’t believe that they are healthy too!
Baby portobello mushrooms are tossed in a medium bowl along with olive oil, garlic, chives, salt, and pepper. Toss some leftover florets of raw cauliflower with the mushrooms. You can never have enough roasted cauliflower!
Spread the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven. The mushrooms will brown slightly and shrink a little bit.
Top them with chopped parsley, and your side dish will be complete!
10. Quinoa Salad
A fresh quinoa salad is a delicious side to go with cauliflower steaks. This recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is so packed with nutritious veggies. You are going to love it.
Avocado, cucumber, quinoa, red onion, spinach, and feta cheese are just a few of the amazing ingredients in this recipe. The green leaves of the spinach and bright red tomatoes make a beautiful, colorful side to go with the white cauliflower.
11. Creamed Spinach
There is nothing quite as delicious as creamed spinach. This yummy creamed spinach from The Novice Chef will definitely be great alongside cauliflower steaks.
Use fresh spinach for the best results. Skip the heavy cream and use skim milk to cut back on saturated fat and overall nutrition calories.
Serve creamed spinach while it is nice and hot. It will be delicious next to your warm, caramelized cauliflower steak recipe.
12. Baked Beans
A side of baked beans is a great way to add some healthy protein to your grilled cauliflower steaks meal. These baked beans from The Girl Who Ate Everything are extremely yummy.
Baked beans are quite sweet since they are made with brown sugar and molasses after all! That sweet flavor is very good next to savory, salty cauliflower steaks. Add a little cayenne pepper to the beans for an extra kick.
The sweet beans are especially yummy with roasted cauliflower steaks which have nice caramelized edges. You can never get enough yummy caramel flavor!
Making fettuccini is a fun cooking project that you will love. You can make multicolored fettuccini using this recipe from Leites Culinaria.
Pasta can be rolled by hand using a rolling pin. You can cut the thin sheet of pasta dough using a pizza cutter. Use a pasta roller machine for an easier way to make pasta.
Make your favorite cauliflower steak recipe and place a big, thick steak right on top of the fresh pasta. Almost any pasta sauce will taste delicious with this meal!
14. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
We love bright green veggies on a plate of white cauliflower steaks. These roasted Brussels sprouts from Well Plated are simple, quick to make, and taste quite yummy with cauliflower recipes.
Use a sharp knife and cutting board to cut the Brussels sprouts in half. Toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper. These simple seasonings are all it takes to make tasty sprouts! It doesn’t take much prep time to create this yummy side.
Roast the brussels sprouts until they are slightly blackened. Those crispy edges add a whole lot of flavor! Its whole foods like these that make healthy eating very tasty.
15. Zucchini Fritters
Zucchini fritters are a very tasty side that goes along with the vegetable theme of your cauliflower steak dinner. These fritters from Hip Foodie Mom are exactly the kind of side dishes you are looking for to go with your cauliflower steaks.
Shred the zucchini or chop it into thin matchsticks with a large knife. Scoop the fritter batter into hot oil to fry each one individually.
If you have extra cauliflower head pieces, shred them into the zucchini batter as well. A zucchini and cauliflower fritter sounds even better!
Amazing Side Dishes to Serve with Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
Cauliflower steaks are such a delicious entree and, with these great side dishes, you are sure to create an incredible meal. Let us know which simple side dish is your favorite to eat. Each particular recipe is so unique that you are bound to have several that you love. Enjoy!