Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower

Here’s a scrumptious, healthy (vegan) meal or side dish in under 30 minutes!

  • 1 whole cauliflower (medium size) 
  • 1 cup olive oil (add more as needed for larger sized cauliflower)
  • 5 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds



  1. Pour about 3/4 cup of the olive oil into a medium bowl
  2. Add the smashed garlic
  3. Add salt and black pepper
  4. Add ground cumin, curry powder and cumin seeds
  5. Mix ingredients together (sesame seeds and slivered almonds will be added later)


  1. Cut cauliflower into four quarters
  2. Turn cauliflower over and brush in dressing, making sure to fill in all crevices.
  3. Continue to brush sides of cauliflower, scoop as much of the solid garlic and cumin seeds as possible.
  4. Place cauliflower pieces in a baking pan and brush or drizzle the remaining dressing on top.
  5. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds.
  6. Add the slivered almonds on top of the cauliflower.


  1. Broil first on low heat until golden (middle rack on low broil) for about 10 min.
  2. Brush dressing from bottom of pan over cauliflower.
  3. Then bake at 500 degrees for about 10-15 min.

Transfer cauliflower to a serving plate and spoon toasted almonds and sesame seeds from pan on top.

The aroma and texture of this dish is amazing…I hope you enjoy it when you give it a try!


Shushan Darzian is the founder and owner of Ladybugs Catering & Events. Her passion for food, presentation and exquisite detail drive her mission to provide outstanding service for her clients. As a former educator, she is committed to life-longing learning and loves to travel. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons.