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Grilled cauliflower steaks with homemade pesto

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
31 min
15 min
13 min
A great way to serve cauliflower, this popular vegetable tastes delicious straight off the grill and topped with a homemade pesto. Cauliflower steaks are fragile when they're tender. A wide fish spatula makes a great tool to get these off the grill. The heat caramelizes and sweetens the cauliflower like when the vegetable is roasted, but the grill adds an additional charred flavor. Grilled cauliflower steaks can make either a main dish or a side dish served with chicken or steak.


pine nuts

2 Tbsp


2 cup(s), fresh, leaves

reduced-sodium chicken broth

½ cup(s)

grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s)

olive oil

1 Tbsp

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), peeled

table salt

½ tsp

uncooked cauliflower

1½ pound(s), cut into eight 1/2-inch-thick

cooking spray

2 spray(s)


  1. Place pine nuts in a small skillet and set pan over medium heat. Cook until nuts are golden, shaking pan frequently to prevent burning, about 3 minutes; transfer nuts to a plate to cool.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine cooled nuts, basil, broth, cheese, oil, garlic and salt; process until smooth and set aside.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  4. Off heat, coat cauliflower steaks lightly with cooking spray; set directly over heat. Cover grill and cook cauliflower, turning once, until marked and tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter or plates; spoon pesto over top.
  5. Serving size: 1 cauliflower steak with 2 Tbsp pesto

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