Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower


The florets are roasted with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic and Parmesan in this easy cauliflower recipe, which makes a delicious addition to any weeknight meal.

a recipe photo of the Balsamic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Photo: Sonia Bozzo
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings, about 1 cup each

Is Cauliflower Good for Weight Loss?

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that's low in carbs and calories. Eating cauliflower is a great way to add more fiber to your diet, which can help with weight loss. One cup of raw cauliflower has only 27 calories with 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. This is why cauliflower is one of the best vegetables for weight loss, according to dietitians.

What Does Cauliflower Go Well With?

This simple side dish can be prepared for a weeknight dinner and pairs well with many main dishes. Herbed Chicken Thighs, Rosemary-&-Garlic-Basted Sirloin Steak, Salmon Piccata and Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce are a few options for mains to serve with the roasted cauliflower.

This vegetable side also pairs well with vegetarian dishes, like our Creamy Spinach Pasta, Mushroom Orzo with Lemon & Parmesan, Quinoa with Peas & Lemon and Pesto Ravioli with Spinach & Tomatoes.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 8 cups 1-inch-thick slices cauliflower florets, (about 1 large head; see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Toss cauliflower, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until starting to soften and brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes. Toss the cauliflower with balsamic and sprinkle with cheese. Return to the oven and roast until the cheese is melted and any moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes more.


Large rimmed baking sheet


To prepare florets from a whole head of cauliflower, remove the outer leaves. Slice off the thick stem. With the head upside down and holding a knife at a 45° angle, slice into the smaller stems with a circular motion, removing the center of the head. Break or cut florets into the desired size.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
10g Fat
10g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 99IU 2%
Vitamin C 75mg 84%
Folate 90mcg 23%
Sodium 362mg 16%
Calcium 163mg 13%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 29mg 7%
Potassium 519mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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