Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip

Cauliflower is pretty trendy right now. But this isn’t a trendy recipe.

It’s a classic roasted vegetable recipe. You know, the kind of recipe you actually make.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip - Even people who say they don't like cauliflower will love this version! Healthy & easy!

Recently I’ve seen recipes for cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower florets made to be like buffalo wings, cauliflower puree that’s a stand-in for alfredo sauce, mashed cauliflower as a sub for mashed potatoes, cauliflower breaded and baked or fried for chips, and the list goes on.

Except I’m not that creative, I’m on vacation, and I eat tons of cauliflower exactly like this.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip - Even people who say they don't like cauliflower will love this version! Healthy & easy!

Drizzled with a little coconut oil, seasoned with smoked paprika or turmeric, and baked for about 20 minutes. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and full of flavor.

It’s filling, hearty, comforting, and stays al dente. There’s enough texture retained so it’s not at all mushy and has plenty of chomp factor.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip - Even people who say they don't like cauliflower will love this version! Healthy & easy!

I love roasting vegetables with coconut oil and don’t think it makes the cauliflower taste like coconut at all. Use olive or another favorite oil if you’re concerned.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip - Even people who say they don't like cauliflower will love this version! Healthy & easy!

The smoked paprika, along with the natural flavors that are brought out when you roast vegetables, make the cauliflower so tasty.

While I don’t mind the raw bitey-ness that raw cauliflower has, some people do, and roasting tempers and mellows it.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip - Even people who say they don't like cauliflower will love this version! Healthy & easy!

Normally I eat my vegetables fairly plain and basic, which some may call ‘boring’. However, when it comes to vegetables, basic and ‘boring’ is what I always go back to.

But if you’re trying to twist someone’s arm to eat more vegetables, the easy, 30-second dip can’t hurt. It’s made with with equal parts sour cream and shredded cheese. You can use cream cheese or mayo, including vegan or lite versions, instead of sour cream. I had Parmesan handy, but most any cheese will work.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip - Even people who say they don't like cauliflower will love this version! Healthy & easy!

I can demolish a head of cauliflower by myself. So good.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip - Even people who say they don't like cauliflower will love this version! Healthy & easy!

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Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip

This easy recipe for roasted cauliflower is one of my favorites. It's filling, hearty, comforting, and stays firm enough and al dente. Drizzle with coconut oil or your favorite oil, season with smoked paprika or another favorite spice blend, and bake for about 20 minute. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and full of flavor. If you're trying to twist someone's arm to eat more vegetables, the easy, 30-second dip can't hurt. It's made with with equal parts sour cream and shredded cheese, or you can use cream cheese, mayo, or another cheese, including lite and vegan versions.

Yield: serves 2 to 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 25 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 head of washed and trimmed cauliflower, broken into 1 to 2-inch florets
about 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or your favorite oil)
about 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or use turmeric, Old Bay, seasoning salt, grill seasoning, garlic powder, or your favorite spices or seasoning blend)
salt and pepper, optional and to taste
1/2 cup sour cream (or cream cheese or mayo; use lite or vegan versions as desired)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or your favorite shredded cheese; use lite or vegan versions as desired)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or with foil; set aside.
  2. Place cauliflower florets on baking tray, arranged in a single flat layer, not quite touching, if possible.
  3. Evenly drizzle or massage with oil. I prefer to dip my fingers in the oil and run my fingers over the florets so they don't become over-oiled nor have oil pooling on the baking tray.
  4. Evenly sprinkle with smoked paprika, and optionally sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Bake for about 2o to 25 minutes, or until cauliflower is done to taste, noting that the top side stays whiter while the base could be caramelizing/browning quite a bit, so make sure to check the undersides, too. I don't bother flipping it midway through roasting, although you could.
  6. While cauliflower is baking, make the dip by stirring together the sour cream and cheese in a small bowl; set aside until serving.
  7. Remove cauliflower from oven and serve with the dip as soon as it's cool enough to eat. Cauliflower is best warm and fresh although can be kept airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days; eat chilled or gently reheat as desired. Extra dip will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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65 Responses to “Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Parmesan Dip”

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — April 20, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Love this! We’ve always got cauliflower in the kitchen, and now I know what I’ll be doing with it next :)

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — April 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Sometimes you’ve just gotta keep it simple right? Except now I’ll never be satisfied with roasted cauliflower without creamy parmesan dip, thanks a lot!! :) Looks great Averie.

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    Ellen — April 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    You know how I’d like to get into this dip…with a spoon;) though the cauliflower is gorg too!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 21, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I have tried the cauliflower pizza crust – it’s good! The alfredo sauce…not so much.
    I love roasted cauli and this sounds delish….especially that parmesan dip! Yum and pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:13 am

      I’ve never actually tried it as alfredo sauce but thanks for LMK you have…ummm yeah, duly noted :) And thanks for pinning!

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    Paula — April 21, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Roasted vegetables are the best and yours look gorgeous– love the last photo!! Must try that dip–it also sounds good for green beans, asparagus, parsnip fries….pretty much anything!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Thanks for saying you like it! It was so good I wanted to reach in and just keep dipping away :) And yes it’s a great little dip for anything from chips to veg. I mean, cheese + sour cream/cream cheese, you can never go wrong! :)

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    lisatberry — April 21, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I love roasted cauliflower…I sometimes use garam marsala or other curry spices and they come out with that same yellowish tinge that your turmeric does….so good and I’m with you I could demolish a head myself too.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:11 am

      At least we get our fiber in that way, right? :)

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — April 21, 2014 at 4:33 am

    That’s what I think when I see all the cauliflower creations–why mess with perfection? Roasted cauliflower is about as close to vegetable perfection as it gets. We eat our weight in the stuff. I’ll bet it’s fantastic with this parm dip, too!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:11 am

      why mess with perfection? Roasted cauliflower is about as close to vegetable perfection as it gets. <— AMEN and my thoughts exactly!

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — April 21, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Averie- I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter! That parmesan dip looks and sounds awesome! I love roasted cauliflower! To me it’s a great substitute for something like fries – so much healthier and still tastes great! Pinned :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:10 am

      I’d totally prefer this to fries! For real. Something about cauliflower, weird, but I love the stuff! Thanks for pinning & hope you had a nice Easter, too!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — April 21, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I am a HUGE fan of cauliflower – I know I’d love this! It sounds great to me without the dip, but I’m sure the dip makes it that much better! :)

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    Chloe — April 21, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Mmm, I’ve actually never liked cauliflower but this looks good!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 21, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Roasted cauliflower is addicting, and I can only imagine that this dip makes it even more so!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 21, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Roasted cauliflower is one of my favorite dinners. Add in a few onions and Brussels sprouts and I’m a happy girl. I usually season with curry powder, turmeric, black pepper and olive oil. Now that’s what I want for dinner tonight!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:09 am

      That’s what I want for dinner, too! And with the Brussels. YUM! That’s another of my faves!

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Love the photo of the cauliflower just sitting on top of the dip! This is something I could eat all the time :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Thanks for saying that! White/orange food and white dip, with weird vacation lighting, not a super easy shoot but whatever :)

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    Baker Bettie — April 21, 2014 at 6:25 am

    YUM! I really do think that cauliflower is way underrated on it’s own. It doesn’t have to be all transformed to be amazing. Simple roasting is perfect! Although, I do admit to making cauliflower rice frequently. That stuff is so versatile and makes me feel like I’m eating tons of carby rice when I’m not. Win win!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Cauli rice is another one I forgot to add! I used to do that years ago more often. Kind of forgot about it but should do it again for the reasons you said!

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — April 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I think cauliflower was made to be roasted. One of my absolute veggie recipes. I love your dip! Yummy! = )

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    Annie @Maebells — April 21, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I love roasted Cauliflower! The Parmesan dip sounds great! Pinned!

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — April 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I’ve been seeing oven-roasted cauliflower popping up EVERYWHERE lately, and I have been telling myself that I need to try it. I love how crispy and golden yours look and OMG that parmesan dip looks like the perfect accompaniment! pinned and so trying soon! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Thanks for pinning & yes, so much cauli, everywhere!

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    My Linh — April 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! My boyfriend would love to eat this. He’s a cheese dip lover ;) I think I could devour a whole batch of this too. Also, I think this definitely makes a great party snack. :3

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 21, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I love roasted cauliflower, I could live off of this!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — April 21, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I enjoy roasting cauliflower! This looks so delicious!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I’d be in serious trouble with that dip! Yum!!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Cauliflower and parmesan.. this is great combination, I just recently posted cauliflower fritters with parmesan of course and they were delicious!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — April 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Cauliflower dip is absolutely the best thing I’ve seen all day! What a great use of this veggie! I don’t like it plain, but I love it dipped up and served with some chips!

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — April 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Prettiest cauliflower I’ve ever seen! And this dip – YUM! Pinned girl!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Prettiest ever? Well I’m honored – thanks, Trish! And thanks for pinning!

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    vanillasugarblog — April 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Did you ever see that roasted curry cauliflower that Kevin did?
    Oh my heavens!
    I could drink this dip Av.
    How was Easter?
    Aruuuuuba! That’s how. :-)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Ironically I think I pinned that recipe of Kevin’s today if you mean Closet Cooking. It came up when I started pinning this one as Related Pins! Hope you had a great Easter, sweetie!

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    Katy — April 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Simple, roasted veggies are the best. Cauliflower is especially tasty when roasted because it gets that awesome caramelized flavour. Love this simple dip, too. Pinned!

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    Katie — April 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I eat about a head of cauliflower a week. I should really grow it in my garden, but I think I’d need to use so much space it isn’t really worth it. I have tried cauli crust (meh) and cauli rice (delish!), mashed cauli (LOVE) and caulifredo (been making that shit for years) and also my spinach artichoke dip with cauli.

    I love it. So versatile!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      I know you love it and have all kinds of ways to integrate it. That spinach/artichoke dip sounds awesome and I still need to make that since some of my fave things ever are spinach/arti dip AND cauli!

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    J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — April 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I also love cauliflower any which way. Have you seen the whole baked cauliflower dishes some restaurants serve? Pretty impressive. But this seems a whole lot easier to eat. Both broccoli and cauliflower acquire the most lovely little crunchy bits when roasted. Definitely my favorite way to eat them :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      I’ve seen those and yes, way easier to eat this way :)

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — April 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Bring on those classic veggie recipes — they’re my absolute favorites! I love roasting them (especially Brussels sprouts until they get crispy… seriously addictive) or steaming them followed by a generous shower of Cajun seasoning. I’m still new to cauliflower, but so far I’m in love! I think I need to go buy some smoked paprika… I can’t believe I don’t have any on my spice shelf!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I’m a recent cauliflower convert (shocker) and I NEED to try it roasted. We’ve only eaten it pureed so far, but roasted sounds so much better.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Ok yes, knowing you, that IS A Shocker! But I am so proud of your! Pureed is really only my thing for soups but chewing, texture, roasting, so good! Roast it with coconut oil for some extra good stuff!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    So cauliflower is trending. When you went over the list, I was amazed. Well thank you for making me ‘contemporary’ which is actually the theme of my last blog. So perfecto! As it happens I already like cauliflower. And this recipe is easy and delicious without putting myself in stocks with guilt over too many calories. What a relief! I love turmeric, but ever since I tasted smoked paprika I can’t get enough of it. So we know the direction I am moving to.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      I used to love turmeric but ever since I tried smoked paprika, that’s my go-to, for sure! And yes, cauli is very trendy right now. Everywhere I turn, there’s something new with it!

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    Jaclyn — April 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    This sounds so incredibly good! I love roasted cauliflower so I can only imagine how much better it would be with that delicious parmesan dip!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      I would gladly trade you this, for those new Funfetti cupcakes of yours :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    You already sold me on that creamy parmesan dip – I could take a swim in that!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 21st, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Lol that dip is SO you! I really want that latest broccoli dip of yours, though!

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    Elizabeth — April 22, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I don’t even need a dip for this! The cauliflower looks good enough on its own.

    xx,
    Elizabeth
    http://www.adrian-james.com

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — April 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I actually prefer some veggies raw rather than cooked. Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peppers. I love ‘em raw. But I love this roasted cauliflower recipe as well. I think I’m gonna have to give it a try one day. Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 22nd, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      I love raw veggies as a rule. But many people are put off by raw cauli, broc, peppers..even though I am totally fine with them, as you are! Roasted is a great option then too! Thanks for pinning :)

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — April 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I made this last night! I usually just use salt and pepper to season roasted veggies but the paprika added a nice touch. And the sour cream-parmesan dip was dangerously good!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 22nd, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for trying the recipe, Bianca! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Roasted cauliflower is the way to go. It’s timeless. That dip makes eating cauliflower even more delicious. Love!

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    Car9oe — April 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    This looks AWESOME!!!! Always great to find a new creative way to cook veggies… I will be keeping this recipe handy :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Lyuba@willcookforsmiles — April 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I LOVE this!! I love cauliflower so this is like…”lick-the-screen-good” for me!!

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    Kira @ The Healthable Old Soul — April 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Cauliflower is sure making its mark in trends just like quinoa!

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    Lisa Spencer — July 4, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Why is the recipe on here twice?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 4th, 2014 at 11:27 am

      There is a glitch with Ziplist on their end and they are looking into it.

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