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The florets are roasted with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic and Parmesan in this easy cauliflower recipe for any weeknight meal.

EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008; updated December 2022


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

5 mins
35 mins

Is Cauliflower Good for Weight Loss?

There are nutrition choices, exercises and lifestyle changes that can help you lose weight. Certain foods, like vegetables, can help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Vegetables are low in calories and high in water and fiber. Eating more vegetables is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to lose weight. One cup of raw cauliflower has only 27 calories with 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Find out why cauliflower is one of the best vegetables for weight loss.

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 to serve with the roasted cauliflower.

Balsamic & parmesan roasted cauliflower also pairs well with vegetarian dishes, like creamy spinach pasta, mushroom orzo with lemon & parmesan, quinoa with peas & lemon and pesto ravioli with spinach & tomatoes.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  • 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 vinegar 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

about 1 cup
152 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 10.2g; dietary fiber 3.2g; sugars 5.1g; fat 10.2g; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 7.2mg; vitamin a iu 99IU; vitamin c 75.2mg; folate 90.1mcg; calcium 163mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 29.1mg; potassium 519.2mg; sodium 361.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat