Do not adjust your screen….this really is orange cauliflower!
The other day at the grocery store I came across something that you don’t really see everyday. Well at least not for those of us who live in small town USA. There was a stunning selection of purple, green and orange cauliflower! I have seen this before at farmers markets in the suburbs of large cities but never before in our little grocery store! I was so excited I felt like a kid in a candy store….that is if candy stores started carrying cauliflower! Anyway, the orange cauliflower was really talking to me and I could tell he wanted to come home with us, so in the cart he went.
For the most part orange (or cheddar) cauliflower is pretty similar to regular old cauliflower except for the obvious color and it’s a bit more sweet. The different varieties of cauliflower can be used in any recipe for regular cauliflower. Don’t worry, there is no food coloring added to the soil during the growing process! The orange color comes from extra beta carotene in the florets which actually ups the vitamin A count. This funky color will no doubt intrigue kids and toddlers and will sure to be a conversation starter at your next dinner party!
Roasted Orange Cauliflower
with Balsamic Parmesan Vinaigrette
- 1 Head Orange Cauliflower, rinsed and chopped (any variety will do)
- 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the cauliflower on a shallow roasting pan and toss with the 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.
Meanwhile combine the following ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Pour the vinaigrette over the cauliflower and toss to combine. Return the pan to the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately. I chopped this up into smaller pieces for my 11 month old daughter to eat as a finger food and she loved it!
I love roasted veggies! I just can’t get enough of them. Here is another roasted cauliflower recipe.…it includes another favorite broccoli!