Cauliflower Steak with Carrot Miso Puree & Carrot-top Pesto

Cauliflower Steak with Carrot Miso Puree & Carrot-top Pesto


  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of pepper

For the Carrot Miso Dressing

  • 4 oz orange carrots cut into even pieces
  • 2 Tbsp white miso
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Carrot Top Pesto

  • 1 1/2 cups carrot tops
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 3 Tbsp pecans
  • 3/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup asiago cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil + more for drizzlings


For the Cauliflower Steaks:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Remove the green leaves from head of cauliflower and trim the stems. Cut 1 1/2 inch thick steaks (I got 4 from two heads plus a bunch of florets which I saved for another use). Transfer slices to a baking sheet and brush olive oil on each side of each piece. Sprinkle spices on all steaks and then cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Bake for 5 minutes, remove foil, and bake for an additional 10. Flip steaks and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the tops are browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the Carrot Top Pesto

  1. Combine carrot tops, garlic, pecans, basil leaves, and asiago cheese in a high speed blender or food processor. Pulse until everything is chopped into small pieces. Turn the machine on and drizzle in 1/4 cup olive oil to incorporate. If the mixture is too dry, drizzle more olive oil until you reach your desired consistency.

For the Carrot Miso Dressing

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Salt and add in carrot pieces. Let blanch for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add ice to a large mixing bowl and add water to create an ice bath. Once the carrots are ready, use tongs to transfer from the boiling water to ice bath.

  2. Once carrots are cooled, transfer to a high speed blender along with miso, vinegar, yogurt, olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper. Blend until completely combined and a thick dressing forms. You want the dressing to be thin enough that you can spread it but quick enough that it won't run. If it's too thick, add 1 Tbsp of water at a time until you've received a desired consistency.

To serve:

  1. Spread carrot miso dressing on a serving platters and place cauliflower steaks over it. Top with pesto, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Serve right away.