Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Vinaigrette

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Cauliflower is roasted until sweet and caramelized then drizzled with a briny, tangy and slightly spicy lemon caper jalapeño vinaigrette.

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Whenever I cook for the holidays (both at blogging events or in real life!), I always prepare a healthy vegetable-centric dish. If there’s anything you can count on during the holidays it’s the fact that there will be no shortage of heavier dishes and sweet desserts.

The truth is, vegetables are usually an afterthought (or covered in butter and marshmallows) so I wanted to make them the star of the show again. My Roasted Cauliflower with a Lemon Caper Vinaigrette did just that. Filled with briny capers, fresh garlic, bright lemon juice and spicy jalapeno peppers, each bite of the caramelized roasted cauliflower is loaded in flavor.

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The perfect complement to the heavier holiday dishes, your entire family will be so happy to see this unique and delicious Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette on the table.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Vinaigrette

Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Vinaigrette

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Cauliflower is roasted until sweet and caramelized then drizzled with a briny, tangy and slightly spicy lemon caper jalapeño vinaigrette.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 8 cups chopped cauliflower (roughly 1/2 inch pieces)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (divided)

Jalapeño Caper Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 jalapeno (minced)
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 tablespoons minced capers

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and line two baking sheets with foil.
  • Divide the cauliflower between both baking sheets (you want it in a single layer) and drizzle each sheet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Mix well with your hands to coat and bake in oven until caramelized and golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the jalapeño caper vinaigrette by combining the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper with the parsley, garlic, jalapeño, lemon juice and capers.
  • Remove cauliflower from the oven and pour into a large serving platter. Drizzle with the jalapeño caper vinaigrette to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 13.1gProtein: 4.3gFat: 13.8gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11.9gSodium: 1353mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 5.3g

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14 responses to “Roasted Cauliflower with Jalapeño Caper Vinaigrette”

  1. Joanne Bruno Avatar
    Joanne Bruno

    I’m always the one bringing the veggie dish at the holidays also…otherwise I probably would have nothing to eat! This sounds so good….love the spice paired with the capers!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha I can only imagine!!

  2. Megan @ MegUnprocessed Avatar
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed

    Wonderful recipe looks absolutely fabulous. Can’t wait to try it soon!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Megan!

  3. Amy Avatar
    Amy

    The photos of this dish are simply fantastic! I would have thought that roasted cauliflower would be a hard dish to photograph, but dang it looks so pretty and delicious. I would never think to add that vinaigrette. What a great addition.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much!! I hope you try it!

  4. shelly (cookies and cups) Avatar
    shelly (cookies and cups)

    I feel like you just get me. Bookmarking this to make… the capers, the jalapeno, the garlic….NEED!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahah – you MUST make it!!

  5. Alice @ hip foodie mom Avatar
    Alice @ hip foodie mom

    Will have to share this with my brother-in-law. He’s doing low carb and loves cauliflower!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh perfect!! This is ideal!

  6. Lauren Gaskill Avatar
    Lauren Gaskill

    I would have never thought to use a vinaigrette like this! Love it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!!

  7. Nicole Avatar
    Nicole

    This veggie dish look so satisfying! Perfect for meatless Monday :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Exactly!!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.