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Vegan Mashed Cauliflower

Vegan Mashed Cauliflower | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #thanksgiving #recipe

This Vegan Mashed Cauliflower is better than mashed potatoes – it’s light, fluffy, and full of herby flavor!

Happy Halloween, everyone!! I don’t have a Halloween recipe to share with you today, but I DO have the first recipe in my #WellandFullThanksgiving series!! For the month of November, I’m going to be sharing five festive Thanksgiving recipes that will be perfect for your holiday table.

Today, I’m posting a delicious vegan mashed cauliflower recipe. I tossed around the idea of making mashed potatoes, but I honestly think mashed cauliflower is way easier to make. Potatoes usually need to be mashed by hand, because they can get gummy if made in a food processor. But not cauliflower! It purées into smooth pillowy goodness, and is the perfect vehicle for the herbs and buttery olive oil.

This Thanksgiving recipe series is a pretty unusual undertaking for me, because Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday, food-wise (I know!!). Before this, I only had one Thanksgiving recipe on this blog! It’s kind of a hard holiday for vegetarians/vegans because everything is centered around meat. My extended family in particular loves this holiday as an opportunity to expound on how plant-based eaters don’t get enough protein/iron/B-vitamins, etc. (Cue eye roll!!) It’s amazing to me that in 2018 people STILL perpetuate the myth that vegetarians/vegans don’t get enough protein. It’s such an outdated way of thinking!

This year my plan is to grin, bear it, and load my plate up with mashed cauliflower. Thanksgiving is, after all, a holiday about giving thanks, and I’m very grateful for everything I have this year. There are worse things than hearing critiques on vegetarianism ;) Cheers!

Vegan Mashed Cauliflower | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #thanksgiving #recipe

Vegan Mashed Cauliflower

This herby vegan mashed cauliflower is better than mashed potatoes - it's the perfect flavorful side dish for your Thanksgiving table!
5 from 1 vote


  • 1 Head of White Cauliflower
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Tsp Fresh Rosemary chopped
  • 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • Black Pepper to taste


  • Bring a pot of water to boil. While the water is heating up, cut cauliflower into florets.
  • Add florets to the pot of boiling water, and boil for about 10 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender when pierced with a fork. Drain, and let cool.
  • In a pan, add in a drizzle of olive oil and bring to medium heat. Add in the garlic, rosemary, and parsley, and sauté until the garlic is fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower florets, salt, black pepper, and olive oil (NOT the sautéed garlic and herbs) to a food processor. Process until the cauliflower is a smooth purée.
  • Once the cauliflower is smooth, add in the sautéed garlic and herbs, and process a few times until it's fully incorporated.
  • Serve, and enjoy!


You can add in the garlic and herbs to the food processor before you purée the cauliflower, but please note that it will give the cauliflower a green tint. 

Vegan Mashed Cauliflower | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #thanksgiving #recipe


If you make this vegan mashed cauliflower and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)


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    November 1, 2018 at 6:34 am

    5 stars
    Hello Sarah :) Another amazing post! Simple yet flavourful–my favorite type of recipe :)

    This actually reminds me of my childhood dinners – my mum would make a mash as a typical side dish with the main course. She made potato mash (the most popular) or potato and cauliflower mash or celery root and potato or just cauliflower mash or just celery root. I come from Poland so it seems so strange that even though we’re worlds apart, there were similar dishes on the table.


    • Reply
      November 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      So great to hear from you, Katya! Thank you for your kind words :) Celery root mash sounds delicious! I love that about food – it connects so many people and cultures :)

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        November 2, 2018 at 2:52 am

        Celery root mash IS a killer :) The secret to the perfect mash is adding a bit of potato (because celeriacs tend to be a bit watery) and a lot of thyme.
        Have a wonderful day :)

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          November 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm

          Thanks so much Katya, you too! :)

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    Jess @choosingchia
    November 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Ahh I love the idea of sharing Thanksgiving recipes that’s so much fun! I’ve actaully never tried mashing cauliflower before! It looks like the perfect side:) xx

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      November 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      It’s super delicious, I liked this recipe way better than all the mashed potatoes I’ve tried ;)

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    November 1, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Love how light and fluffy it looks! Such a healthy and delicious looking dish, Sarah. :)

    • Reply
      November 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks so much Ela! :)

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    Marie Lehman
    November 11, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Could this be made ahead and reheated?

    • Reply
      November 11, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Yes this reheats pretty well! But it tastes better fresh :)

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