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Cilantro-Lime Roasted Cauliflower

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Any easy, delicious side dish

This cilantro lime roasted cauliflower is one of my new favorite veggie bowls when the weather gets cold. I could seriously eat an entire bowl of this and call it a day.

To change things up from my usual recipe, I added some lime juice, a little zest and finished it with cilantro. The results were wonderful! Try this as a side with pork, steak, chicken or lamb.

Cilantro-Lime Roasted Cauliflower

4.75 from 4 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups


  • 6 heaping cups cauliflower florets, from 1-1/2 pound cauliflower cut into 1-inch florets
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Smash the garlic cloves with the side of the knife.
  • Place the cauliflower florets and smashed garlic on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Season with cumin, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Sprinkle evenly over cauliflower, tossing well to coat evenly.
  • Bake in the center of the oven until browned and tender, about 25-30 minutes, turning the florets occasionally so they are evenly cooked.
  • Remove from the oven, squeeze with lime juice and top with lime zest and cilantro; serve warm.

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Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 133 kcal, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 11 g, Sodium: 46 mg, Fiber: 4 g


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46 comments on “Cilantro-Lime Roasted Cauliflower”

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    Molly Vandegrift

    Just made this last night with turkey enchilada meatloaf and both were amazing!! The cauliflower was so unexpectedly flavorful. Great meal! 
    Thanks Gina!! You never disappoint. 

  2. I made this vegetable dish because I love cauliflower but looking for other ways to spice it up. And this recipe did just that. My husband asked for a second serving. I will be making this again mainly because it’s so easy to do. I like easy recipes.

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  6. I’m wondering how this might taste chilled.  It’s a warm day here in New England and I thought I might mix this with some pea pods and cherry tomatoes from the garden to make a salad.  Looking for a lighter side dish for a King Ranch casserole.  Have to go with what nature provides!

  7. Served this with fish tacos tonight. My 13-year-old son, told me TWICE, unprompted, how much he liked this cauliflower. Definitely a hit at our house.

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    I don't know if you know, but your new cookbook (which is awesome, by the way) made Amazon's Best Books of 2014! I just got an email from them and under "Cookbooks, Food and Wine" was your new book 🙂

  9. Gina – I made this tonight and used fresh diced jalapenos instead of crushed red pepper. It was fantastic. Gone in a flash! Love your recipes as always. Keep em' coming!

  10. I'm so glad I found this!! I just started a cleanse, and it's been really difficult for me to eat veggies. This is perfect. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

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    Michela @ From Italy With Food

    Like it! I never thought to try the cauliflower with lime but it looks delicious!

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    Kathy Francis

    This. Recipe. Is. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

    I chopped the garlic, adding extra, instead of smashing it…and, I forgot the lime zest. I will be making this again and again!