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Roasted Cauliflower with Apple and Dill

Roasted Cauliflower with Apple and DillRoasting is one of our favorite ways to enjoy vegetables. Not only is it a fairly simple technique, but it brings out a beautiful flavor that is sometimes quite different from the raw counterpart!

Take this cauliflower, for instance (yet another inspiration from The Herbal Kitchen, a gift from my sister written by a chef based in her home city of Seattle). Somehow roasting in a very hot oven with some apples transforms cauliflower into something elegant and complex…nothing like those white trees on a veggie tray! (Though I must admit I love cauliflower in all forms, even raw.)

This is a wonderful option as a side dish for a fall or winter meal. The original recipe called it a “stunning side dish” – I must say I’d have to agree.  If possible, try to get ahold of some fresh dill – it really makes the dish!

Another note: if you plan to take it to a holiday meal (like a Thanksgiving feast!), it does taste best when fresh from the oven, so plan accordingly. I might make it directly beforehand and keep it very warm during the transportation, or even make up the raw veggies and roast them in the host’s kitchen, if possible.

If you’ve never tried roasting vegetables before, watch out!  You might become an addict. Here are some other ideas for veggie roasting:

Roasted Harvest Vegetables with Quinoa
Roasted Broccoli and Sundried Tomato Penne
Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Fontina
Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
Honey Dijon Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegetables
Roasted Fingerling and New Potatoes with Rosemary

Roasted Cauliflower with Apple and Dill
This dish tastes best when fresh from the oven, so plan accordingly when preparing. Also, fresh dill is highly recommended for the beautiful flavor that it adds.
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 1 large cauliflower (2¼ pounds whole; 7 cups chopped)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 apples
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Remove the core of the cauliflower and chop it into florets. Slice 1 red onion. Core and chop 2 apples into bite-sized pieces (do not peel). Coarsely chop ¼ cup dill.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy cleanup). Place the chopped vegetables on the baking sheet, then drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and some fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Roast the vegetables for 40 minutes until the cauliflower is slightly browned, stirring about three times during the baking time. Remove from the oven, stir in the dill, and place in a serving dish. Taste and add more salt or pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
Inspired by The Herbal Kitchen


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  • Reply
    Laura (the first mess)
    November 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Love roasted cauliflower. Such a dramatic transformation from its raw form. It seems almost popcorn-like to me, which has a pretty obvious appeal factor. The colours are so nice here. Your serving dish is lovely by the way :)

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      November 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Oh, thank you! The dish was a Goodwill find – either 25 cents or 50 cents, I can’t remember which :)

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    Katy (KatySheCooks)
    November 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I have a ton of organic farro in my basement bulk stash ; ) You guys want some? I can’t eat it : (

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      November 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Yes, please! Funny – I just made some farro tonight for the first time in forever, and was excited again about how delicious it is! I’m sorry you can’t eat it :(

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    Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic}
    November 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I am not usually a cauliflower girl, but I could go for this. Looks GREAT! I wish you were my neighbors. (Because I then I could “pop in” around dinner time, hahaha!)

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      November 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Darn, wouldn’t that be nice! We are always looking for passersby to help eat things (though I’m not sure how far away you are…!) :)

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    November 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Yum! I love the apples in here, bet it tastes divine :) can’t wait to give it a try!

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    Sara @ Simply Whole Kitchen
    November 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

    YUM! I don’t think cauliflower has ever looked so beautiful!!

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      November 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Oh, thank you! I had to try really hard to convince Alex that it would look pretty on a plate :)

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    November 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Oh my goodness! This sounds amazing! And I love all the pretty colors in this dish!

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    November 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    What a gorgeous dish! This looks so healthy and delicious, definitely saving this recipe! :)

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    November 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I recently did something like this, but with pears. When it comes to roasted vegetables, I’m pretty sure I can’t get enough :) This sounds wonderful!

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      November 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      That sounds good! How did you serve the roasted pears (side dish or dessert)? Yum!

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    November 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Cauliflower never looked so sexy! Love the idea of doing it with apples too.

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      November 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Haha, I love the thought of cauliflower being sexy! Thanks :)

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    Editorial Team | Healthy Aperture
    November 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Never thought of dill and cauliflower before, but based on the picture… I’m sold.

    Hope you will consider submitting this to Healthy Aperture. We’d love to share with our fans.

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    Laura Sedlak
    November 20, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I’ve made this twice already since you posted it. It’s so delicious. I didn’t have fresh dill on hand the second time so I used Italian parsley. Toasted almonds on top are also a great addition :) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      November 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      Ooo, almonds sounds like a great addition! I’m so glad you liked it – I can’t wait to make it again :)

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    November 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I just love this photo (and the recipe looks good too). I really like the serving platter/bowl you are using here as well. It looks like an heirloom, almost! My husband refuses to eat cauliflower, but I know you can often substitute in broccoli and wonder how it would work here…I’m not sure.

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      November 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Oh, thank you! The platter was actually from Goodwill – for less than $1!

      In terms of substituting broccoli, you could try it out! I think it would have a very different taste than the cauliflower here, since roasted broccoli still sometimes has a touch of bitterness. I almost feel like cauliflower would almost be less “offensive” tasting in this preparation since the roasted flavor with the apples is actually fairly mild. Do you think he’d be up for a taste test? :)

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    November 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I tried this recipe today but I used broccoli instead of cauliflower and was delicious, really yummy!!
    Thanks for the recipe.

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