Simple Roasted Cauliflower


SimpleRoastedCauliflower A Passionate PlateSometimes the simplest foods taste the best. Take roasted cauliflower for example. Olive oil, salt, pepper, and a splash of lemon juice are all that is needed to turn a humble head of cauliflower into something extraordinary.

Normally I wouldn’t post a recipe that is this simple, but since it’s also in the Hollyhock Garden to Table cookbook, I figured, why not? (We’re giving away a copy of the cookbook next week, so stay tuned!).


Simple Roasted Cauliflower
Recipe Type: Vegetable
Author: A Passionate Plate
Serves: 2-4
So simple. So delicious. This is a wonderful way to serve cauliflower that even non-veggie lovers will enjoy.
  • 1 head organic cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Generous amount of fresh ground pepper and sea salt
  • juice from 1/2 small lemon
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together the olive oil, lemon juice and cauliflower until the florets are well coated.
  3. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread cauliflower in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Roast, stirring a few times, until the cauliflower is roasted and slightly charred on the edges, about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.



  1. Oh how I love cauliflower! Thanks for this. If there wasnt so much snow, I would run out to the store just to make this today! I just ate the last of mine which I ate like mashed potatoes.

  2. Caroline Ellison says:

    Lately I’ve bought brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower in large bags from Costco, which makes preparation really easy, but I haven’t tried them with lemon juice, so I’ll look forward to that. I agree, I can eat a huge quantity and not only feel full but feel good about eating so healthfully.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Caroline –
      We’ve got the Costco sized broccoli bag in our refrigerator, too. I think I will try roasting a bunch tonight. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂
      – Mary

  3. Donna Keating says:

    Dave & I absolutely LOVED this!!! Makes me wonder how many other veggies you can substitute and they be just as good! Have you tried others? Hugs, Donna

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Donna –
      So glad you liked this! I am going to try the same recipe with broccoli tonight. Roasting just brings out a sweetness that makes cruciferous veggies taste better.
      Thanks for the positive feedback and the stars! 🙂


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