11/20/2011 12:24 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

In Season: 10 New Ways To Cook Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a super versatile vegetable -- depending on your mood, you can eat it raw, puree it into a luxuriously creamy soup or opt to bring out its sweet and nutty flavor by roasting it to crisp, browned perfection. Before it's cooked, cauliflower's taste is mild, so it pairs effortlessly with your favorite spices and homemade sauces.

The following recipes showcase the many ways you can enjoy this cool weather staple, from appetizers like Roasted-Cauliflower-and-Sesame Spread to light dinner fare like Lentil, Cilantro and Chili Salad with Warm Cauliflower Florets.

Learn all about how to store and prepare cauliflower by checking out Mark Bittman's Guide to Cauliflower.

In Season: 10 New Ways To Cook Cauliflower