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THE LIST: Cauliflower is king with these top 5 dishes

The spicy fried cauliflower at Rinaldo’s hits all the right notes.
The spicy fried cauliflower at Rinaldo’s hits all the right notes. - Kathy Jollimore

 At present there’s perhaps no food more trendy than cauliflower. In a world increasingly interested in eating plant-based foods, cauliflower is king. From a gluten free substitute for pizza crust to grain free ‘rice,’ there seems to be nothing cauliflower can’t do. Here are five ways to enjoy the versatile vegetable.

1. Fried cauliflower

The spicy fried cauliflower appetizer at Rinaldo's is a thing of beauty. Large chunks get lightly breaded then deep fried to a golden crisp, leaving the inside warm and tender. Served with parsley sauce, toasted almonds, lemon, capers, a pile of Pecorino Romano, and a drizzle of honey, it hits all the right notes.

Rinaldo’s, 2186 Windsor St., Halifax

2. Buffalo cauliflower

Cauliflower gets the wing treatment at popular waterfront restaurant Gahan House. Bite-sized pieces are battered, deep fried, and tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce then served classically with blue cheese dip. You’ll never miss the bones.

Gahan House, 1869 Upper Water St., Halifax

3. Popcorn cauliflower

Marinated in buttermilk and lightly breaded, the popcorn cauliflower appetizer at 2 Doors Down is all sorts of delicious. The combination of fresh and tangy cilantro crema, sweet tamarind chutney, spicy togarashi spice blend, and crispy florets make this one dish you won’t want to end.

2 Doors Down, 1533 Barrington St., Halifax

4. Cauliflower tacos

Crisp fried cauliflower makes the perfect filling for tacos whether you’re vegetarian or not.

For a vegetarian spin on fish tacos, head to Antojo where blue corn tortillas get stuffed with beer battered cauliflower and pico de gallo. Vegans point to Wild Leek for their flavourful version with chipotle seasoned cauliflower, crunchy slaw and buffalo sauce.

Antojo Tacos + Tequila, 1667 Argyle St., Halifax

Wild Leek, 2156 Windsor St., Halifax

5. Cauliflower steak

Cauliflower takes centre stage at enVie where it serves as a main course. The tender seared cauliflower ‘steak’ is served with carrot purée, crispy leeks, and a dilly salad for a complete and satisfying dinner.

Envie, 5775 Charles St., Halifax

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