Lemon Parmesan Cauliflower is a simple dish that adds some pizzazz to boring, old cauliflower. Getting kids (and husbands) to eat their veggies since its conception in 2006, it is the perfect for a weeknight meal or a special holiday dinner.
Lemon Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower is the perfect easy and healthy side dish recipe. Lemon and parmesan liven up boring cauliflower.
The original recipe for Lemon Parmesan Cauliflower was spotted in Bon Appetit magazine, adapted slightly, of course. It pairs perfectly with chicken dishes and even tastes great served over pasta.
Cauliflower is such an extraordinary vegetable. It has extraordinary health benefits such as:
- Being healthy for your bones since it contains vitamin C, which helps with collagen production, and vitamin K
- It assists with natural detox of toxins in the system.
- Cauliflower can help lower high blood pressure.
- It is widely known to be a cancer-fighting superfood.
Cauliflower has also become a popular alternative to carbs in diets like Atkins or keto. It makes sense.
It has a bland taste, so you can easily flavor it however you please. Baked cauliflower can also have a slightly meaty texture.
So I paired it with one of my favorite flavor combinations for nearly everything: Lemon and Parmesan.
Lemon Parmesan Cauliflower is the perfect side dish for nearly any meal. No overwhelming flavors, but enough to be tasty and interesting.
My favorite dishes to serve Lemon Parmesan Cauliflower with are:
- 3 cups cauliflower florets
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup flat lead parsley
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Juice from 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay cauliflower in a single layer in a 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Toss with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes, tossing once at 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, blend together remaining 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, fine sea salt, pepper, parsley, lemon zest and lemon juice. Pulse until parsley is coarsely chopped and mixture has emulsified.
At 25 minutes, toss cauliflower florets with lemon dressing. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Return to oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
Serve hot. Enjoy your Lemon Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower!
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