Home · Recipes · Side Dishes Roasted Purple Cauliflower Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Mar 19, 2014Updated: Apr 28, 2023 View Recipe10 ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. Intriguing, alluring, and powerful. The rich colors of roasted purple cauliflower make this vegetable so appealing. Just like white cauliflower, it is jam packed with all sorts of nutrients. Cauliflower. Why does it have such a bad rep? For the most part, people think it smells like fart, tastes sulfurous, and looks like “white broccoli.” Well, I’m not one of those people. I happen to love cauliflower. Purple Cauliflower Look that this beautiful head of purple cauliflower. It’s packed with all sorts of nutrients and especially Vitamin C! Cauliflower comes in white, green, orange, and purple varieties. The taste doesn’t change with the different colored cauliflower. However, the purple variety does have a bit more antioxidants than the standard white cauliflower. The purple coloring is all natural. The antioxidant anthocyanin is responsible for that beautiful purple appearance. Colored cauliflower is available all year round! Roasted Vegetables In my opinion, the flavor of roasted vegetables is far superior to steamed vegetables. Steamed vegetables are often mushy and flavorless. Steaming, boiling, and poaching are often at the top of “healthy” food prepartion. But, as a baker, the oven is my best friend. Roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables! Simply toss cauliflower florets in some olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Bake until caramelized. Unique Flavor From Oven Roasting Roasted cauliflower is an easy side dish that brightens any dinner table. It adds exciting color to the table. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter! The process of roasting lightly caramelizes the sugars in the vegetables. Think of the difference in flavor when you eat steamed carrot versus roasted carrot. Roasting brings out the sweetness, savoriness, and nuttiness out of the vegetable. Ready for more roasted vegetable goodness? Try these recipes: Baked Kimchi Cauliflower Rice is a healthier version of “fried rice” made with cauliflower! Roasted butternut squash is the key to this Autumn Squash Salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette. Homemade ricotta topped with slow roasted tomatoes is a wonderful end of summer appetizer! Roasted Purple Cauliflower Roasting cauliflower lightly caramelizes the sugars in the vegetable. It brings the sweetness, savoriness, and nuttiness out of the cauliflower. Prep Time: 10 minutes minutesCook Time: 20 minutes minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes minutes Servings: 2 Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe Ingredients1 head purple cauliflower, cut into florets2 Tablespoons olive oilkosher saltcoarse black pepperchopped Italian parsley, to garnishshredded parmesan cheese, for serving Instructions Preheat oven to 450°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.Toss cut cauliflower in olive oil. Make sure to coat entire surface of vegetable. Spread cauliflower into a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Do not over crowd pan, allow ample space.Generously season with salt and pepper.Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges and flat areas of cauliflower have browned. Cook time may vary depending on size of your florets. Serve warm and garnish with chopped Italian parsley and shredded parmesan cheese. Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: Side DishCuisine: AmericanKeyword: roasted cauliflower, purple cauliflower, how to cook cauliflower Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! Tag @littleepicurean and hashtag #littleepicurean.