Cheesy Cauliflower Side Dish

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Cheesy Cauliflower is a quick and delicious side dish. It’s easy to make, and the cheesy flavor will keep your family begging for more.

Cheesy Cauliflower side dish cooked in an oval baking dish

Cheesy Cauliflower Side Dish

This Cheesy Cauliflower Side Dish is so GOOD! Growing up, my mom would make this all the time. Believe it or not, this one is a comfort food dish that we kids would all fight over. It’s a rare occasion for any child to clamor for more veggies, so my mom made sure to make this as often as possible. In fact, my mom would always have to make sure we had exactly equal portions because it would always get polished. We never ever had leftovers! I’m happy to say that the cheesy cauliflower casserole loving gene was passed down to my own children. Just like I learned from my own mom, I make sure that everyone gets equal portions.


This dish is really simple and easy to make. You likely have most of the ingredients at home already!

  • Cauliflower – Wash and dry the cauliflower before steaming to clean off any dirt or debris. Remove all leaves and stems from the head of cauliflower.
  • Miracle Whip – You can use mayonnaise, but since Miracle Whip is a little sweeter, you might need to add a tablespoon of sugar to get the same flavor.
  • Mustard – You can use regular yellow mustard or dijon mustard depending on your preference.
  • Cheese – Stick with medium or sharp cheddar cheeses. These will add the most flavor!
  • Salt and Pepper – I usually stick with the basics when it comes to spices in this recipe, but paprika and garlic powder make great additions!
Cheesy Cauliflower side dish cooked in an oval baking dish with a scoop taken out on a large spoon


What are the health benefits of cauliflower?

One reason I like to make this so often is because cauliflower has a ton of health benefits. It is low carb and keto-friendly. It is high in fiber and B-vitamins, and also has a good amount of choline, which can aid memory and learning in children (and adults!). This nutrient-dense veggie also has vitamin c, which is a must-have during the winter months or during cold and flu season. Additionally, this cheesy cauliflower is filled with protein from the cheese, along with antioxidants from the cauliflower. It’s a feel-good dish, all around.

How do I store leftovers?

Like I mentioned before, we almost never have leftovers. However, if you do, store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

What do you eat with cheesy cauliflower?

This delicious side dish goes great with chicken or steak. We have also served in on top of brown rice for an easy vegetarian meal!

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How to Make Cheesy Cauliflower Side Dish

Cheesy Cauliflower side dish cooked in an oval baking dish

Cheesy Cauliflower Side Dish

5 from 6 votes
Cheesy Cauliflower is a quick and delicious side dish. It's easy to make, and the cheesy flavor will keep your family begging for more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6



  • Preheat oven to 350. Chop cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Add ¼ inch of water to a large skillet and then add cauliflower, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook for 3 minutes. Remove cauliflower florets from skillet and drain.
    Cauliflower florets steaming in a skillet
  • In a small bowl, combine Miracle Whip and mustard.
    Mayonnaise and mustard combined in a small glass bowl
  • Stir Miracle Whip mixture together with cauliflower until all the cauliflower is evenly coated with the mixture. Place cauliflower mixture into a greased baking dish.
    Cauliflower florets coated with sauce in an oval baking dish
  • Top with shredded cheese, salt and pepper.
    Cauliflower florets coated with sauce and topped with shredded cheese in an oval baking dish
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chives if desired.
    Cheesy Cauliflower side dish cooked in an oval baking dish

Nutrition Information

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 11gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 460mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 220mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I grew up on this. Except we kept the cauliflower whole and put some freeze dried onion in the mayo mustard mix.

  2. I really liked this, but only one of my 5 kids liked it, so I guess I will have to just do it with melted cheese or a traditional cheese sauce, Bummer 🙁

    Thanks for the recipe

  3. You can bake it in the oven in a casserole dish or you can do it in the microwave! Either way works! I have done it both ways.