This roasted apples and cauliflower with dill is a flavorful, sweet and savory side dish that works for weeknights and entertaining!

Roasted Apples & Cauliflower with Dill | Thanksgiving cauliflower recipe

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 speaking of delicious, this roasted apples and cauliflower recipe makes vegetables taste like candy.

Our favorite cauliflower recipe? Perfect Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted apples with cauliflower and dill

Making roasted apples & cauliflower

This roasted apples with cauliflower and dill recipe is an old favorite of ours that we first made as a Thanksgiving cauliflower recipe! It’s so, so flavorful: the sweet red onions and apples are the perfect contrast to 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.

Roasted apples and cauliflower is a flavorful, sweet and savory side dish that works for various diets (vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free). This recipe takes about 50 minutes to prepare, but the time is mostly hands off. And for the flavor, it’s worth every minute of the wait. We also love the way the colors turn out: the purple of the onion, the almost bright pink of the roasted apple, and the green of the fluffy dill fronds.

Video: How to cut cauliflower

The most challenging part of this roasted apples & cauliflower recipe is actually how to cut cauliflower! Alex and I have a great new method that doesn’t end up with crumbles all over the cutting board! Watch the video below of me showing how to cut cauliflower in our kitchen.

Roasted apples and cauliflower with dill | Thanksgiving cauliflower recipe

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This roasted apples and cauliflower with dill recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and plant-based.

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Roasted Apples & Cauliflower with Dill


  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x

Description

This roasted apples and cauliflower with dill is a flavorful, sweet and savory side dish that works for weeknights and entertaining!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large cauliflower (2¼ pounds whole; 7 cups chopped)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 crisp tart apples (like Honey Crisp, Jonathon or Jonagold, Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill (do not substitute dried)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into florets (watch the video below). Slice the onion. Core and chop the apples into bite-sized pieces, but leave the skins on. Coarsely chop the dill.
  3. Place the cauliflower, red onion, and apples into a large bowl and mix together with the olive oil, 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 30 to 40 minutes until the cauliflower is tender and slightly browned, stirring twice during the baking time. Remove from the oven, stir in the dill, and place in a serving dish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Inspired by The Herbal Kitchen

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Roasted apples, Thanksgiving cauliflower, Roasted vegetables, Vegan Recipes, Plant-Based Recipes, Side Dish, Roasted Cauliflower

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. I am from Ohio and right now, we are being overwhelmed by all of the dill growing in our yard! We are also vegetarians and I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks!

  5. SERIOUS OMISSION… Did not specify what varieties of apples work for this recipe, just generic “apples”. I used what I had on hand (Northern Spy) and quickly learned that the type of apple is vital to the success of this recipe. At 450° the apples quickly turned to mush and then blackened and burned. This turned the entire dish to an unappetizing mess. Salvaging the cauliflower wasn’t an option because the burned “applesauce” had coated it. I am sure that with the right apples this is a wonderful recipe but please revise it to include suggested varieties before others waste food and time like I did. Many thanks!

    1. Hello Deborah, we are so sorry to hear this happened! We were not familiar with the Northern Spy apple and did not realize it reacted like that in the oven! We did a little research and it says the Northern Spy can be used for roasting, so it’s interesting that this happened. We just added a note to the recipe to use only crisp tart apples (like Honey Crisp, Jonathon or Jonagold, Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji). One question: did you happen to peel the apples? The instructions indicate to leave the peel on, which helps to hold the apples together in the oven. Let us know!

    1. Hi there! The roasting time depends on how small you cut the cauliflower and apples, and also on your particular oven. Check at 30 to 35 minutes for tenderness — we’ve added some notes to the recipe!

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