Lemon roasted cauliflower

August 13, 2015 Published by Dina

Roasting a cauliflower transforms its flavour and texture, and I am sure would convert even my friend Val to loving this veggie. The sugars in the cauli caramelize and lend a smoky-sweetness that is very enticing.

Cauli comes in many colours, from white to orange to purple and green. Each has a slightly different flavour profile and unlike purple beans or purple asparagus, they keep the colour during cooking. The colourful variety makes a beautiful crudite platter (raw veggies).

I had an orange cauliflower today and decided to roast it with slices of lemons and a squeeze or two of lemon wedges. You can serve the cauli on its own as a veggie, or mix it into a pasta dish or even a rice dish Delish.


Pasta with lemon roasted cauliflower

Pasta with lemon roasted cauliflower




1 white or yellow cauliflower, broken into medium florets

2 small lemons, sliced into rounds

A couple of lemon wedges to sqeeze over the cauliflower

1/4 cup olive oil

3 springs thyme, leaves removed and slightly chopped

Additional thyme for garnish

Salt and pepper




Place the cauliflower and lemon slices on a foil lined baking pan and toss with the olive oil to coat them well.

Squeeze the lemon wedges over and toss.

Add salt and pepper and the thyme leaves.

roast in a 400F oven until the cauliflower is turning golden and browns in spots.

Remove from the oven, transfer to a serving dish and serve warm.

Another serving option is to toss the cauliflower with a cooked pasta, with or without parmesan.

Lemon roasted cauliflower

Lemon roasted cauliflower

Lemon roasted cauliflower

Lemon roasted cauliflower

Pasta with lemon roasted cauliflower

Pasta with lemon roasted cauliflower



  • Janine says:

    A great simple recipe which always satisfies the hunger. The photos are just beautiful!.

  • Marisa says:

    Okay you got me thinking which in my state is amazing,,gonna try this as the ingredients are in my fridge ,,thanks again Dina Ps the pictures are wonderfull,,

    • Dina says:

      Hi Marisa, I hope you like lemon, it’s lemony:). Let me know. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  • Murissa says:

    I recently indulged in a deep fried cauliflower and it was delicious. I think if I fed it blindfolded to my fiancé he wouldn’t have been able to tell me it wasn’t chicken. It’s a great hearty vegetable to fill you up on those days you don’t feel like meat which I find happens a lot for me during the summertime. This sounds like a delicious option to serve in a taco or a salad too!

    • Dina says:

      Quite right Murissa, it could easily be mistaken for chicken if battered and deep fried, it has the right texture and mild flavour. It’s very versatile and you are right again, this would be good in a taco. Thanks for stopping by, always nice to hear from you.