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Roasted Cauliflower with Tangy Yogurt Dressing

Roasted Cauliflower with Tangy Lemon Dressing
Cauliflower is one of those pedestrian vegetables that I seem to avoid most of the time. I blame crudites for this – how can anyone enjoy the vegetable raw? But, owing perhaps to boredom with the same produce selections available in late winter – nearly all of them hailing from the good old cruciferous family – I got a hankering last week for cauliflower. And now I’ve consumed it nearly every night this week.

Roasted cauliflower is an underrated miracle of a dish, if you ask me. Where have I been all this time? Stuck in a broccoli-brussels sprouts-kale rut, that’s where.

Served with a bright, citrusy yogurt dressing that nicely balances the quiet, caramelized sweetness of the cauliflower, it is impossibly easy and stupidly good.

Roasted Cauliflower with Tangy Yogurt Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

1 large head cauliflower, chopped into florets
2 Tbs olive oil
salt + pepper

6 ounces yogurt
juice of 1 Meyer lemon
1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss cauliflower with olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Arrange on a baking sheet and roast until golden brown and tender, about 35-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together ingredients for dressing until blended.

Once cauliflower is cooked, return to large bowl and toss with the dressing. Serve immediately.

  • elizabeth - I too am a cauliflower convert. I really like the idea of a yogurt dressing, and I can't wait to give this a try.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - It was really tasty, and even better the next day!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Was as good as I thought it'd be. Even used a juicing machine on the lemon to get the oils in the rind. A recipe I'll add to the collection.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - Anonymous, you're warming the cockles of my heart! I always breathe a sigh of relief when these recipes actually work outside my own kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • stephanie - kimberley,

    i just tried this today, as i had a full head of cauliflower in my fridge and needed to do something with it before it spoiled. delicious! in the dressing i omitted the oil and used a regular lemon. yum!ReplyCancel

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