Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill

Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill | A Couple Cooks

Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill | A Couple Cooks

Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill | A Couple Cooks

The magic of *roasted vegetables* was one of my favorite discoveries when we first started exploring cooking. I didn’t love raw cauliflower at the time, but roasted was a whole different matter: rich, almost buttery goodness that I couldn’t help myself from snitching off the roasting pan. Can roasted vegetables be considered a gateway drug to eating nutritious foods? Eating them is one of my earliest memories of realizing healthy foods can be utterly delicious (and for this reason, we talk a little about roasting vegetables in Episode 1 of our podcast).

This recipe is an old favorite of ours that we made for Thanksgiving 2011 (here’s the old recipe), with an updated photo and some slight tweaks. It came out just as flavorful as I remembered; sweet red onions and apples against the savory cauliflower, punctuated by the refreshing, aromatic fresh dill. It’s a family favorite, for sure. If you do try it, make sure to get a hold of some fresh dill; it will likely have to be store-bought since the growing season is over by now in Indiana, but it’s absolutely worth it for the splurge.

This side dish is the last in our Healthy Thanksgiving 2015 menu, where Alex and I create a veggie-filled menu to show that the holiday can be about seasonal, nutritious eating instead of stuffing ourselves with rich foods. We hope you’ve enjoyed our Thanksgiving menu, and we’d love to see and hear about what you’re planning to make this year!

PS This is also a great recipe for anytime, so roast away all season!

Why to Make It: A flavorful, sweet + savory side dish that works for various diets (vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free). Roasted veg for the win!
When To Make It: Summer or Fall
Caveats: This takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to prepare, but the time is mostly hands off and the taste is worth every minute of the wait.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill

1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 to 6


  • 1 large cauliflower (2¼ pounds whole; 7 cups chopped)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 apples
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill (do not substitute dried)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  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 2 tablespoons dill.
  3. Place the cauliflower, red onion, and apples into a large bowl and mix together with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and plenty of fresh ground pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chopped vegetables on the baking sheet, then roast for 40 minutes until the cauliflower is slightly browned, stirring twice during the baking time. Remove from the oven, stir in the dill, and place in a serving dish. Serve immediately.


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    November 12, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I enjoyed following your whole veggie Thanksgiving series, but I find that it’s simple dishes like this one that are actually likely to get made, let alone repeated in most households. Thanks for sharing!

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      November 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I agree! This one has been repeated quite a bit in ours too :)

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    November 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

    This looks so lovely. And I agree with Ksenia- this is the type of thing that I’m most likely to throw together some night. We’re still throwing together our Thanksgiving menu, but I know it’s going to include Molly Wizenburg’s cranberry chutney.

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      November 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      That sounds fantastic — we’ll have to check that out too! What else is in the running on your menu?

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    November 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I love simple roasted vegetable dishes like this. Chop, season, send it to the oven, and then you have a magical dish on your hands. It is amazing how roasting deepens and enriches the flavors so dramatically. I’m looking forward to giving this combination a try.

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      November 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I love how you put that: “deepens and enriches the flavors so dramatically”! I couldn’t agree more — I think you’d love this one.

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    November 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for all of your hard work!

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      November 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Thank YOU! Let us know if you give it a try!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 16, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    You know I like roasted cauliflower dishes so I’m anxious to try this one out. I really love the red onion, dill, and apples in this and will definitely be trying when I get home from my US trip!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I made this tonight and it was so easy and delicious. And the apple and dill kept it interesting. Added a squeeze of lemon and chickpeas to round it out for a full meal.

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    rachel @ athletic avocado
    November 22, 2015 at 10:44 am

    this sounds incredible! I love roasted cauliflower and the addition of apple and dill sound to-die-for!

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    November 1, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Can this be made ahead and kept warm and/or reheated? Definitely going to be added to my menu, just wondering how to be strategic… Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

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      November 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Yes, this can be made ahead and reheated! I would reheat in a 375F oven, and wait to add the fresh dill until right before serving. I hope you like it — this is one of our favorites!

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    November 1, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    wonderful, thank you!! Several of your recipes have made their way onto my Thanksgiving menu!

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      November 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Oooo fantastic! We’re excited: let us know what you think!

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