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Perfectly Tender Roasted Cauliflower

Updated: Apr 7

Perfectly Tender Roasted Cauliflower

Discover how to create the most delectable whole head roasted cauliflower with a golden, crispy exterior and a perfectly tender inside. This vegan delight is an excellent side or main dish, adaptable to your favorite herbs and spices. Quick prep and cook time make it an ideal choice for busy weeknights or elegant dinners. Veginners, don’t miss out on this simple yet spectacular recipe that will transform your plant-based meals!

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe:

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


• 1 whole head of cauliflower

• 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil

• Salt, to taste

• Ground black pepper, to taste

• Optional: garlic powder, paprika, or your favorite herbs like rosemary or thyme


1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

2. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and trim the stem so the cauliflower can sit flat.

3. Bring an inch of water to a boil in a pot that can fit the whole cauliflower.

4. Place the cauliflower in the pot, stem side up, and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes just to start softening.

5. Carefully take the cauliflower out and let it drain.

6. Once it’s a bit cooler, rub the olive oil all over the cauliflower.

7. Season it with salt, pepper, and any other spices you chose.

8. Put the cauliflower in a baking dish and roast it in the preheated oven for about 20-30 minutes until it’s golden and crispy.

9. Let it cool slightly before serving.

Serving Tips:

• Drizzle with a tahini sauce or vegan yogurt mixed with lemon juice and herbs for a creamy topping.

• Sprinkle with toasted nuts or seeds for an extra crunch.

• Serve it as a side with a big green salad or as a main with a grain like quinoa or farro for a hearty meal. Consider adding a legume like chickpeas or lentils for additional protein.

• Cut into wedges and serve with a dip, like hummus or a vegan aioli, for a fun appetizer.

Nutrient Facts:

(per serving, based on 6 servings without optional spices)

• Calories: ~107 kcal

• Protein: 2.5 g

• Carbohydrates: 5 g

• Dietary Fiber: 2 g

• Sugars: 2 g

• Fat: 9 g (mostly from olive oil)

• Saturated Fat: 1.3 g

• Sodium: 202 mg (without added salt)

Note: The above nutrient facts are approximate and will vary based on the size of the cauliflower and the exact ingredients used.

🤤 I hope you enjoy this golden, crispy-on-the-outside, melt-in-your-mouth tender cauliflower, and I can’t wait to see how yours turns out! 📸 Share a snap of your roasted masterpiece in the comments on the blog and let me know if you seasoned it with your own special twist. xo, Cheryl

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