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close up view of a bowl of roasted purple cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower


This roasted cauliflower recipe is unbelievably easy to cook and makes the perfect side or main course to any meal when you add some spiced chickpeas or spiced tofu.


  • 1 large head of cauliflower ( purple, orange, or white)
  • 1/2 -3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp sumac ( read the post above for some info about sumac)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 lemon




  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line  large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Cut the cauliflower in half and separate into bite-size florets. Wash it well, dry, and place it in a bowl
  3. Add the olive oil, salt, sumac, and oregano and mix well until all the florets are coated with the oil, and spices
  4. Bake for 40 minutes or until desired tenderness
  5. If you're using purple cauliflower, it will turn a dark purple when cooked. To get the bright purple color back, squeeze the juice of a lemon


  1. Separate the florets into even bite-size pieces so they can cook evenly
  2. Season the cauliflower any way you like. Choose your favorite spices, or use some of our favorites such as Garam Masala, Shawarma, or simply with sumac, oregano and salt as we did in this recipe.
  3. Do not overcrowd the pan.  You can also air fry the cauliflower (just follow the instructions on your air-fryer). We do recommend that you add the 2 tablespoons of oil for better results.
  4. If you use purple cauliflower, it will turns dark purple after it's cooked. If you squeeze lemon on it, the bright purple color will come back, which gives the dish a beautiful tie-dye or multicolor effect.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days in a container with a tight lid.  Just make sure to let the cauliflower cool before closing the lid and placing it in the refrigerator.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 4.4
  • Sodium: 392
  • Fat: 7.8
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6.5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3
  • Fiber: 4.9
  • Protein: 4.3
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: gluten-free, sumac, roasting, air fryer, cauliflower, purple cauliflower, orange cauliflower,

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