Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

This Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust is a healthy delicious meal perfect for each time of the day. Cauliflower has been one of my favorite vegetables I cooked with during the last year and I am still fascinated by how many recipes you can do with it. Cauliflower tastes is awesome especially when roasted like in this Roasted Cauliflower recipe I posted some time ago.

Only recently I ran over recipes that are using cauliflower as a base for pizza crust. Sounded so awesome that I had to give it a try. Most of the recipes I’ve seen are combining cauliflower with cheese for the crust and then having some more cheese for the topping. As much as I like cheese I didn’t want to use so much for a pizza, so I ran over a recipe that uses almonds alongside cauliflower for the crust. Gave it a try and the crust turned absolutely amazing.

The recipe for this Margherita pizza with cauliflower crust is easy and flavorful. Even if is made with cauliflower crust, it holds together well, allowing you to enjoy it just like a regular pizza, holding it in your hands. I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful it turned out and how delicious it was. Additionally, this pizza offers a fantastic twist for those seeking gluten-free options, as its cauliflower crust ensures a delightful gluten-free experience.

How to make Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Next, wash the cauliflower and cut it into florets. Place the florets in the bowl of your food processor and process until finely chopped, resembling rice. Transfer the cauliflower rice to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and allow it to cool slightly.

While the cauliflower is cooling, increase the oven temperature to 470°F (240°C).

Once the cauliflower has cooled a bit, place it in a tea towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Transfer the drained cauliflower to a clean bowl.

To the cauliflower, add almonds, eggs, dried herbs, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.

Line another baking tray with parchment paper and grease it with oil. Spread the cauliflower mixture onto the parchment paper, shaping it into a 12-inch (30 cm) round crust using a spoon and your hands.

Bake the cauliflower crust for 15 minutes, or until it turns golden brown. Once baked, set it aside to cool slightly.

Assemble the pizza

Spread tomato sauce over the crust, then add slices of Mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, chopped fresh basil leaves, and freshly ground black pepper.

Bake the assembled pizza for another 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Let the pizza cool for a bit before serving, then add some more fresh basil or parsley leaves on top. Enjoy your delicious cauliflower crust pizza!

Give it a try if you haven’t already, it’s absolutely a must 🙂

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5 from 1 vote
A Margherita pizza on a cauliflower crust offers a delicious gluten-free alternative. This recipe is both simple to make and holds together well, allowing you to enjoy it just like a regular pizza, holding it in your hands.
Servings 3 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Cauliflower Crust

  • 1 medium cauliflower (about 750g)
  • 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 4 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 3 or 4 cherry tomatoes , sliced
  • 4.5 oz (130 g) Mozzarella cheese , sliced
  • fresh basil or parsley , chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper


Prepare the cauliflower crust.

  • Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and cut cauliflower into florets and place in the bowl of your food processor, and process until finely chopped, like rice. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool a little.
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  • Place the cooked cauliflower into a tea towel and squeeze as much liquid as you can out of it and transfer to a clean bowl.
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  • Turn the oven up to 470F (240C).
  • Add almonds, eggs, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
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  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with oil. Place the cauliflower mixture into the center and using a spoon and hands spread it out onto a 12 inch (30 cm) round.
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  • Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool a little.

Assemble the pizza.

  • Spread tomato sauce over the crust, add Mozzarella cheese slices, tomato slices on top, chopped fresh basil leaves or parsley and freshly ground black pepper.
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  • Bake for another 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Let cool a bit before serving and add some more fresh basil/parsley leaves on top. Enjoy!!



Serving: 1 serving out of 3Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 22.1gFat: 20.2gSaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 99mgSugar: 9.2g
Calories: 333kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower crust pizza, gluten free pizza, healthy pizza, Margherita pizza, Margherita pizza recipe, pizza with cauliflower crust, vegetarian pizza

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  1. Maureen Author says:

    That’s an attractive pizza. I haven’t given this a try yet but I’m definitely going to give it a go.

  2. mira Author says:

    Cauliflower crust has been on my to do list for a while now! Thanks for sharing, Ella, will try it! Love the video!

  3. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen Author says:

    YES!!! This is perfect for dinner tonight! I love a good pizza and this crust and topping combo looks amazing Ella!

  4. This may be my second comment—got distracted and not sure I ever clicked send! Anyway, I’m loving both the crust and toppings!

  5. Kathleen | HapaNom Author says:

    This is so awesome! I’ve never had cauliflower crust pizza – but it looks absolutely delicious! Great video too! Your work space is so nice and clean – I usually have pots and pans stacked up all around me when I start cooking 😉

  6. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking Author says:

    I love that your crust has almonds in it too! Still healthy but with another dimension! It looks delicious!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you Lindsey.. I am glad you like it. Hope you will try it one day too:) It is amazing.

  7. Laura Author says:

    That looks amazing. Could I use almond flour instead on ground almonds, and would it affect the amounts to use?
    Thank you!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Almond flour is another way of saying to ground almonds, so yes, you can use the same amount for almond flour. I like to ground my own almonds usually because I can have control on how finely they are grounded. Sometimes I love feeling a bit of crunch, of texture but here is a matter of preference. 

  8. aubrey Author says:

    can i sub in coconut flour for the almond? we have tried a similar recipe and love cauilflower bread for grill cheeses. YUMM!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Haven't tried with coconut flour but I think it will work good. Probably will taste a bit different but still good. Let me know if you give it a try.

  9. Sheila Author says:

    Just making this right now … so far so good 🙂

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So.. how did it turned out ? Did you like it?  🙂

  10. Surjit Author says:

    Fabulous…now I have a use for the almond meal from making my own almond milk. Thanks looking forward to having a go.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Glad you like this recipe. Let me know when you give it a go. I have a lot of recipes that are using almond meal, check them out as well.

  11. Elby Author says:

    We don’t do keto normally, but this recipe just looked overall healthy. It was amazing, and very simple to make. 🙂

  12. Stella Author says:

    Please don’t call this pizza!!! That’s definitely not a real pizza. I’m sure it’s so delicious but please don’t mislead people using italian food, that’s not nice. Have a good day! 🙂

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Stella, the title of this recipe makes it all very clear. A pizza with CAULIFLOWER CRUST. So I wasn't trying to mislead people, I was very clear from the beginning that this is not a regular Margherita pizza. It is very delicious, and light, was really a pleasant surprise for me as well. This is a perfect pizza recipe for those who need a gluten free pizza, as they are allergic to gluten, so this is a great solution if they are craving for pizza. Try to be understanding as well, and stay in touch. 

  13. Alan Author says:

    When you are spreading the cauliflower out, do you need to press it in to make the “crust” firm, or does it get firm on it’s own during baking?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      No need to press it too hard.. just as it is necessary to shape it. It will firm during baking and after you allow to cool.

  14. Ken Saveth Author says:

    I was curious HOW to get this crust more crunchy? I’ve made it a few times & although it is great, I would like it crispier.


    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes.. I am not sure it is possible to make it really crispy.. just squeeze as much water as possible.. that might help

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