Roasted Orange Cauliflower

 

This super simple roasted orange cauliflower is the perfect side dish vegetable. Plus the deep orange color is not only pretty but it provides more Vitamin A than typical cauliflower. It’s healthy, delicious and can be used in place of any traditional cauliflower recipe. 

This super simple roasted orange cauliflower is the perfect side dish vegetable. Plus the deep orange color is not only pretty but it provides more Vitamin A than typical cauliflower. It's healthy, delicious and can be used in place of any traditional cauliflower recipe. 

Ok, I know this recipe is BEYOND easy but to be fair I made this and posted this back in 2011. I wasn’t really sure what to post when I was just hobby blogging so I stumbled upon some orange cauliflower and was all “yeah, I’m gonna share this roasted orange cauliflower and blow people’s minds.” That didn’t exactly happen BUT weirdly this post brings in a good amount of traffic so I decided it was time for a little refresh. I was at my favorite local store when I saw they had all the colors of cauliflower and I knew I needed to roast up a batch of this goodness.

I really do think vegetables are best served roasted so this recipe is super duper simple. We’re talking extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper. So. Freaking. Easy. 

This super simple roasted orange cauliflower is the perfect side dish vegetable. Plus the deep orange color is not only pretty but it provides more Vitamin A than typical cauliflower. It's healthy, delicious and can be used in place of any traditional cauliflower recipe. 

I also just wanted an excuse to take a few pretty pictures of vegetables and this cauliflower is hella photogenic. I mean, how can you not love that vibrant orange color? It reminds me of a big hunk of cheese. But like a really healthy hunk of cheese.

This super simple roasted orange cauliflower is the perfect side dish vegetable. Plus the deep orange color is not only pretty but it provides more Vitamin A than typical cauliflower. It's healthy, delicious and can be used in place of any traditional cauliflower recipe. 

I like to roast my vegetables on a nice high heat because I love nothing more than a little brown on my veggies. I mean, if you’re gonna roast your vegetable lets get some color on these babies!

Plus I’m just a real fan of easy cleanup and roasted vegetables give you all the delicious flavor with a super easy cleanup.

This super simple roasted orange cauliflower is the perfect side dish vegetable. Plus the deep orange color is not only pretty but it provides more Vitamin A than typical cauliflower. It's healthy, delicious and can be used in place of any traditional cauliflower recipe. 

I remember a few years ago cauliflower was CRAZY expensive so I always scoop it up when it’s cheap for fear that it will spike again. I picked up these heads for about $2 a piece and that’s a pretty good price in my book.

Oh, and don’t freak out too much about the little brown or blackish colored spots that you sometimes find on fresh cauliflower. While it is a sign that the cauliflower needs to be used as long as it’s not mushy or smells super funky you’re safe to eat it.

This super simple roasted orange cauliflower is the perfect side dish vegetable. Plus the deep orange color is not only pretty but it provides more Vitamin A than typical cauliflower. It's healthy, delicious and can be used in place of any traditional cauliflower recipe. 

Looking for even more side dish recipes? Try my Girl and the Goat Magic BeansRoasted AsparagusRoasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds and Goat Cheese or my Pan Roasted Brown Butter Radishes

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Roasted Orange Cauliflower

This super simple roasted orange cauliflower is the perfect side dish vegetable. Plus the deep orange color is not only pretty but it provides more Vitamin A than typical cauliflower. It's healthy, delicious and can be used in place of any traditional cauliflower recipe. 

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of orange cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cut off florets and wash thoroughly.

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cook until golden brown 20-25 minutes making sure to stir cauliflower about halfway through roasting.

36 Responses to “Roasted Orange Cauliflower”

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    Faith — November 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    So pretty! Roasted was the perfect way to go. I always go crazy for colored cauliflower too — the orange and purple are stunning!

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    Reeni — November 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I don’t know where orange cauliflower has been all my life! I never saw it before but I would snatch it up if I did! Love me some roasted cauliflower.

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    hungryandfrozen — November 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Roasting is my favourite thing to do with cauliflower – although I do rather like it raw, and of course, steamed and covered in cheese sauce. I’ve never seen orange cauliflower before, hope it makes its way to NZ!

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    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — November 22, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Looks amazing. I used to hate cauliflower, but now I really like it… I’d love to try the orange variety!

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    Shannon — November 22, 2011 at 8:36 am

    roasted cauliflower is a delight, and how pretty the orange variety is!

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    Kathleen Richardson — November 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’ve learned something new. Thought all cauliflower was white. BTW, did you get your hubby to taste a tiny bit?

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    Jessie — November 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Mr. K hates it too. More for us! I love the orange, I’ve only seen the purple which made for an odd colored soup. 🙂

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    Veronica Miller — November 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Roasted veggies are the best! And I totally need to try the colored varieties of cauliflower b/c they are so pretty!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    Joanne — November 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    This is one of my favorite ways to eat cauliflower of all colors! I wonder if the purple kind has different nutritional stats also?

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    Magic of Spice — November 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Gorgeous! I do not see this variety often…very sad because it is really beautiful! Love the simply beauty 🙂

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    Emily — November 23, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I’ve never seen orange cauliflower before. It’s so pretty! That would be great blended into some mac and cheese.

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    Peggy — November 23, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I love roasted cauliflower! Especially with a little curry powder – I call it my “power” side!

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    rebecca — November 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    love this so simple and fresh must look for one

    Happy thanksgiving hugs Rebecca

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    brandi — November 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    i love roasted cauliflower! so delicious.

    did you see the purple variety, too? it’s fun to do a tray of roasted white, orange, and purple.

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    kyleen — November 24, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Mhmm who knew cauliflower could look so delicious?
    By the way, I love your background paper.

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — November 24, 2011 at 2:24 am

    It does look very pretty! I also like how you kept it simple. Would make a lovely side dish for the Thanksgiving table. Wishing you and Mr Nutmeg Nanny a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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    5 Star Foodie — November 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    The simply roasted cauliflower is the best! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — November 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I LOVE cauliflower (did I shock you? haha). It’s one of my absolute favorite vegetables and I love it roasted. I’m definitely going to try orange cauliflower and make your recipe! 🙂

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    Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet — November 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t resist a beautiful head of cauliflower either…let alone a beautiful orange one! I love roasting vegetables, my daughter loves cauliflower like this, only I squeezed a little lemon juice on top with the olive oil. Yours looks perfect!

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    Maria @ Orchard Bloom — November 27, 2011 at 12:39 am

    So simple, sounds delicious!

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    Barbara — November 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    My kids don’t like it either! But I do. Never have made it this way…really looks good.

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    Blond Duck — November 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I feel the same way about produce.

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    The Elegant Eggplant — November 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Roasted cauli is one of my FAVORITE veggies. So delicious! Yours look great.

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    peabody Jennifer Rudd — November 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I have never seen it in orange…so pretty!

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    Deborah — November 29, 2011 at 1:17 am

    That cauliflower is just gorgeous! I wish I could find anything but the plain old white…

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    Marina — December 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Don’t ask me why I’m Googling facts about orange cauliflower at 11 pm on a Friday night, and then leaving comments on 6-year-old recipes. But you’re incorrect to say that it “contains 25 times the level of vitamin A than white varieties.” It contains 25 percent more vitamin A, not 25 times more. That’d be a lot of vitamin A.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — February 3rd, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

      Hi Marina! Gah, thank you! I made the change. I was up until 1am last night watching Supermarket Sweep so I can’t judge anyone for googling cauliflower facts, hahaha.

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    Sabrina — April 28, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I love roasted veggies!! Such a easy way to add your side dish while packing in the flavor!

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    Jen — April 28, 2018 at 7:16 am

    I have never seen orange cauliflower before! What a way to add a pop of color to your dinner table!

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    Katerina @ diethood .com — April 29, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I LOVE this!! It looks and sounds fantastic!!

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    Dee — April 29, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I love the color! I see this in Sprouts every now and then, so I’m going to pick some up next time it’s in the store!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — April 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I havne’t seen orange cauli in my market. I’ll have to look out for it.

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    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity — April 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I would love to try this! Such a great side dish recipe!

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    Chrissie — May 22, 2018 at 6:51 am

    I’ve never seen orange cauliflower before! So crazy, and cool!!

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