Garlic Mashed Cauliflower in dish on wooden table

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash

It’s easy to get bored of plain old veggies as a healthy side dish. Though gaining popularity (rightfully so, it’s delicious), this recipe has a creative take on using cauliflower that can fool even the most stubborn of eaters.

This Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash is like the cousin of mashed potatoes, a lighter and healthier version. It’s the perfect side to pair with many dinner dishes, especially if you’re looking to add more veggies to your plate but still want that comfort food feeling.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash - A comforting and delicious cauliflower side dish
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower in dish on wooden table

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Ashley Author photoAshley
A comforting and delicious cauliflower side dish infused with garlic and fresh chives.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • food processor


  • 4-5 cups cauliflower florets (1 head)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 large large garlic cloves minced
  • 2 T fresh chives chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper ground


  • Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil.
  • Add the cauliflower florets and reduce the heat to medium. Let cook for 10 minutes or until soft.
  • In a small pan, add the olive oil and minced garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When lightly browned, remove garlic from heat.
  • Strain the cauliflower from the water and add the cauliflower, cooked garlic with its oil, half of the chives, almond milk, salt, and pepper to a large food processor and blend until smooth.
    food processor with cauliflower, cooked garlic with its oil, half of the chives, almond milk, salt, and pepper
  • Serve in small side bowls garnished with the remaining chives, a drizzle of olive oil, and a few cracks of black pepper.
    serving dish with roasted garlic cauliflower garnished with green onions
Keyword cauliflower, cauliflower recipes, garlic, mashed potatoes

Nutrition Information

Its high-nutrient profile makes this a great alternative to using potatoes. Cauliflower is packed with essential nutrients like fiber, but also vitamins C, K, B6, and folate.

Cauliflower is becoming a popular potato replacement due to its low carb, high vitamin profile.

It is also loaded with antioxidants, which help the body fight off free-radicals and inflammation. Additionally, cauliflower has a high amount of choline, a nutrient responsible for proper cell signaling, neurotransmitter function, and liver function.

An added health bonus is that this recipe is very low in fat, unlike its mashed potato counterpart. I find that it is easier to use less fat with cauliflower since it blends very smoothly on its own.

Cauliflower blends very easily in a food processor with less fat than potatoes.

Besides the health benefits of this dish, the best part is that it is super simple, easy to make, very affordable, and fully customizable.

Variations and Substitutions

This recipe calls for a food processor in order to give the mash that super creamy, smooth texture. However, it can be made using a potato masher if you don’t have a food processor or if you prefer a less-creamy texture. Either way, don’t worry about over-whipping the cauliflower. It doesn’t run the risk of getting over-whipped as mashed potatoes does!

Young turnips can be substituted or blended with the cauliflower for a uniform color, but slightly different flavor.

Another alteration is incorporating other ingredients into the mash. You can half the amount of cauliflower used and add things like sweet potatoes, turnips, or carrots. Other herbs can also be used with or in place of the chives like parsley, thyme, or sage.

Fresh chives add a brightness to the flavor of this recipe.

To save more money on this dish, consider growing your own herbs on your kitchen windowsill or outside. Chives, in particular, are very hardy herbs and can last outdoors throughout the winter season.

Serving Suggestions

Cauliflower pair with any roasted meat such as turkey, chicken or beef. Include a colorful vegetable such as peas, green beans, carrots or corn to jazz up the serving plate.

You can add any toppings to spice up the side dish, the same way you would to mashed potatoes. Butter, sour cream, fresh herbs, and spices are a few of the standard additions. Vegetables can also be added like spinach, sauteed chopped onions or green peppers. You are limited only to your imagination and your pantry!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower in a dish on wooden table
Roasted garlic cauliflower mash served with chives, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

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