How to Enjoy Cauliflower (GF, V)

Eat your veggies and enjoy them too!
Eat your veggies and enjoy them too!

Today, I have some good news, and some bad news… First (and unfortunately), this post is the final one in my most recent series: “My mom came to town and cooked a ton of food.” We’ll be parting ways after the weekend. BUT, no need to worry; I’ll see her again in April. AND, I’ve got a delicious recipe coming your way.

When I came home from work, my mom was trying out a new Barefoot Contessa recipe: Garlic Roasted Cauliflower. I asked if she had ever given me cauliflower before, but I’m pretty sure I’ve had it once or twice. This recipe turned out to be so delicious, I decided to share it.

Making the Dish!
Making the Dish!

While the recipe focuses on the garlic flavor, I really enjoy the taste of the lemon in this dish. We also didn’t add in the extra salt at the end of her recipe, something I don’t think is necessary. AND, while this dish can be served cold, I highly recommend it warm. Cauliflower might not be the first dish I choose to try at a cooler temperature, but it is great for leftovers. 🙂

Now, without further ado, the recipe!

Garlic & Lemon Roasted Cauliflower

Allergens: Contains Pine Nuts


Toasting Pine Nuts
Toasting Pine Nuts

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • olive oil (4½ tbsp. total)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley, minced
  • 3 tbsp. pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. In a small pot, boil water and add in the garlic cloves for 15 seconds. The cloves should be separated apart, but NOT peeled. Once boiled, drain and peel. Be sure to remove the brown parts and cut any abnormally large cloves in half.

    Boiling the Garlic!
    Boiling the Garlic!
  3. Mix the cauliflower with garlic, 3 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on a pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally. (The cauliflower should be tender and the garlic lightly browned.)


  4. Remove the cauliflower, garlic, and juices from the pan. Place in a large bow. At this point, you may add in the 1½ tbsp. of olive oil, parsley, pine nuts, and lemon juice. Toss.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

    Garlic and Lemon Roasted Cauliflower
    Garlic and Lemon Roasted Cauliflower

    Alongside a Peppered Beef Tenderloin
    Alongside a Peppered Beef Tenderloin

Adapted from a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. (I’ll check which one soon!)

This recipe is a great way to help your family enjoy their vegetables! If the tenderloin looks good above, you may also check out my Peppered Beef Tenderloin recipe from last year. It’s a family favorite that we enjoy quite frequently!

I’m also bringing this recipe to Fiesta Friday, feel free to come join the party too by clicking on the link. I’ll be enjoying the ski slopes and my mom’s company this weekend. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, and happy cooking!

35 thoughts on “How to Enjoy Cauliflower (GF, V)

    1. I’m going to see her the next time! And, no cauliflower. (I don’t think I’ll ever get the IBS down). You’d love the flavoring of this though, so maybe I can come up with another veggie/item to place it on. 🙂

      1. I have a BIL who is GF and another one with egg allergy. When they come and visit, I have to crank up my brain to serve good food that they can still enjoy. That’s why I love getting all these ideas. My silly allergy is honeydew melon. 🙂

      2. Interesting! It becomes so much easier with time, as I’m sure you’ve figured out. And, I’m sure your friends appreciate your attentiveness to their needs.

        Besides me (with my ridiculous number of allergies), we have coconut, pineapple (kind of reminds me of honey dew), and peas in our family. I guess I never have seen honey dew on your blog before! 🙂

  1. Yum! I love roatsed cauliflower, Kaila. You mom made a delicious meal. Surely you will miss her, but it’s good to hear that you will be seeing each other next month. Thanks for sharing this at FF and enjoy. 😉

  2. Gosh you’re lucky to have Mom cook up a storm whenever she visits. Enjoy your time with her. I’ll have to try your cauliflower and garlic recipe, it looks good.

    1. Thanks, Selma! Let me know how you like it or any modifications you may make! Your so sweet for accommodating to your son’s diet. I know I really appreciate all my mom does for my special dietary requirements, and I’m sure he appreciates it too! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! 😀

    1. We love Ina here too! I’m sure it’s in one of those nine, my mom just has to return home before I know which one! Hope you had a fantastic weekend! 😀

  3. Oh yum, perfect recipe. My Mum always tells me that cauliflower was my favorite as a kid, I still love it. Especially with garlic, love it. I never added garlic to it but it sure sounds delicious. Next time I’m looking for a side I’ll definitely think of this. Or maybe with quinoa? Wow, love the idea. 🙂

    1. Awh, thanks! Cauliflower definitely wasn’t my favorite as a child, but I don’t think we ate it much. Now, I love it! Quinoa sounds like a fabulous addition. I actually just had a lemon quinoa dish the other night too. Hope you and a magnificent weekend! 😀

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