Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower


Let me say that again, I’m having a hard time believing it myself. The HUSBAND ate CAULIFLOWER!

Ok, my initial shock is over. Let me back up and tell you the story.

Last week I saw this recipe in Eating Well. It’s sounded (and looked) so good I had to try it. Of course I had to make it my own (I swear I am unable to cook exactly according to a recipe – it’s a problem I have).

Anyway, the husband comes downstairs, sees what I’m cooking, and says, “Man! I HATE cauliflower!” But he’s happy to see the chicken and potatoes I’m making along side, so he doesn’t complain much.

I make our plates and serve him a bit of the cauliflower on the side. He’s so used my experiments he doesn’t even complain. To my surprise, he takes a bite and says, “Humpf! Not bad, much better then plain cauliflower.”

I almost fell out of my chair!Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower

To make it even better, the toddler ate a few bites. So this is definitely a winner! I love having another veggie I can put in rotation!

  • 1 head fresh cauliflower cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Cut and clean the cauliflower and place in a large bowl.

Mix the vinegar, parsley, sat and pepper in a small bowl.

Pour the vinegar mixture over the cauliflower. Toss to coat evenly (a great job for the toddler-although we lost a few)

Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower - toddler mixingRoasted Balsamic Cauliflower - before

Spray a large cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cauliflower and spread them around the sheet.

Roast for about 15 minutes, shaking and tossing a few times. After 15 minutes, sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Serve!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1/4 of the recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
46 1g 4g old: 0 new: 1
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 0g 9g 3g
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23 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Dev

    This looks good, Roni. I think I saw this in the Eating Well magazine, but I haven’t gotten around to trying any recipes from it yet. I’ll definitely be making this soon :-)

  2. greeneggs

    I can’t wait to try this! I made my own roasted cauliflower last night. 2 tsp olive oil, some chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt(I didn’t measure). When I’m cooking with DS I put things in ziploc baggies so he can shake them for me.

  3. Ortal

    This sounds good! I usually just look at/drool over your recipes but I’ll actually make this… your nutritional info is so much better then the one on the other website, aside from the cheese, what else is getting rid of those 10 extra grahms of fat?

  4. Ann

    It’s crazy you posted this recipe as I was looking at a head of cauliflower in the fridge I had purchased over the weekend. I was thinking, “There has to be a better way to serve it than just steamed.” Can’t wait to try this one. I have tried a few of your other recipes over the past couple of weeks and they are all winners! Thanks Roni.

  5. swizzlepop

    YUM. I always alter recipes when I see them too so you’re not alone. I just did it the other day with some squash, and your lentil soup is what inspired my stew. This one looks yummy! I actually did something similar using your zucchini fry recipe on cauliflower. It really is a pretty versatile veggie. Can’t wait to try this, wonder if it works with broccoli too?

  6. noelle

    I love to roast cauliflower. And broccoli is AMAZING like that-gets a total nutty flavor to it. We also roast asparagus. As well as all the winter root veggies like potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips…Fennel is good roasted too.

    can you tell no one at MY house is finicky about veggies?! :P

  7. lynette

    Oh, this looks good, DH is out of town and I must try this when he returns. I just discovered cauliflower, via the fake mashed potatoes recipes, but DH hates them that way, I’ll have to make this for us next week!

  8. Leng

    Oh that’s amazing that you got your husband to eat Cauliflower. My hubby hates celery with a passion, yet I don’t mind it.
    One time I made butternut squash soup and snuck in a few stalks celery (it was pureed, so he didn’t notice). I asked him how he liked it and he said, “it’s SOooo good,” but when I told him the soup had celery he was in disbelief. LOL

  9. Joslyn

    This sounds amazing!

    DH is vegan and I’m inbetween so I’m going to try replacing the parmesan with nutritional yeast flakes. We’ll see how it works!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Kathy ZS

    Oh, I am so trying this.

    Another really tasty oven roasted veggie is brussel sprouts – the outer leaves break off and get crispy almost like tater chips!

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