Vegan Cauliflower-Creamed Spinach Recipe

Cauliflower-creamed spinach
Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: J. Kenji López-Alt and Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Puréed cauliflower forms a creamy base to bind the spinach.
  • Eliminating dairy means that the spinach flavor comes to the forefront, bright and clear.

This vegan creamed spinach uses cauliflower purée as a stand-in for the cream. The most amazing part: The dish tastes just as creamy, but is actually more intensely spinach-flavored as a result since dairy can mute flavors. It's a win-win.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 6 ounces cauliflower florets (170g; about 1/3 of a small head)
  • 6 ounces almond, soy, rice, or cashew milk (2/3 cup; 170ml)
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 8 ounces; 225g)
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pound (450g) mature curly or flat-leaf spinach, washed well and roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine cauliflower and milk of choice in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cover, reduce heat to lowest setting, and let cook until cauliflower is completely tender, about 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender or countertop blender, blend into a smooth purée. Set aside.

    cauliflower purée
  2. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a large saucepan until melted. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add nutmeg and stir to combine. Add spinach one handful at a time, stirring and folding until each handful of spinach is wilted, before adding the next.

    cooking spinach
  3. Add cauliflower purée to spinach mixture and stir to combine. Bring to a bare simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is completely tender and mixture is creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Special equipment

Immersion blender or countertop blender

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