Mediterranean Roasted Cauliflower with Olives


This cauliflower medley is a great way to perk up your menu. It can be served warm as a side dish, or at room temperature and tossed with romaine lettuce as a salad. Warming the herbs and garlic in the oil prior to tossing with the veggies helps their flavor bloom. When ready to serve, drizzle on as much or as little balsamic vinegar as you like.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets

  • 1 cup red onions, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch squares

  • 2 ounces sliced black olives

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a 12x18-inch baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

  2. Combine olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and freshly ground pepper in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 20 to 30 seconds. Watch carefully, and remove from the microwave when the oil bubbles. Set aside.

  3. Combine cauliflower florets, red onion, and red bell pepper in a large bowl. Pour in the olive oil mixture and stir until all the vegetables are coated. Spread out vegetables on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.

  4. Roast in the preheated oven until vegetables reach the desired doneness, 20 to 25 minutes. Broil if you like additional color, carefully watching that the vegetables do not burn, 1 to 2 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle sliced olives over the vegetables and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve warm.

Cook's Note:

This may also be served as a salad, with the vegetables at room temperature, tossed with chopped romaine lettuce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
9g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 80mg 402%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 314mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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