My friend brought this to a party and it was a crowd favorite!


Whole Roasted Cauliflower has transformed how we view simple vegetables, turning them into the centerpiece of a meal. With its roots in Levantine cuisine, this dish has gained global popularity as a versatile vegetarian main or a stunning side dish. Its charm lies in the caramelization and rich flavors that a whole roasted cauliflower offers. This dish isn't just delicious; it's a healthy option too, packed with fiber and essential vitamins, and ideal for those leaning towards more plant-based diets.

Pairing Suggestions:

Serve with a grain salad like quinoa or farro, mixed with fresh herbs and dressed in a lemony vinaigrette.

A side of creamy tahini sauce or herbed yogurt beautifully complements the roasted flavors.

For a low-carb option, pair with a vibrant mixed greens salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.

If you prefer a heartier meal, add crusty whole-grain bread to soak up the flavors.

Classic Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Servings: 4-6


1 large head of cauliflower

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish


Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Prepare the cauliflower by removing leaves and trimming the stem to sit flat.

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, and turmeric to make a marinade. Season with salt and pepper.

Place cauliflower in a baking dish, applying the marinade evenly.

Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes, then uncover and roast for another 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

Let rest, garnish with herbs, and serve.

Variations & Tips:

Add red pepper flakes or cayenne for a spicy touch.

Ground cumin or smoked paprika adds a smoky flavor.

Capers can be added for a briny taste.

Roast with root vegetables for a complete meal.

Remember to adjust roasting times based on the size of the cauliflower. This versatile dish is perfect for experimenting with flavors and will be a sure hit for any meal. Enjoy your culinary journey with this stunning and healthful dish!

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