Roasted Purple Cauliflower This vibrant veggie is naturally this deep purple color and unlike artificially dyed purple food, it's good for you!

Roasted Purple Cauliflower

Look at this gorgeous purple cauliflower! It’s naturally this vibrant deep purple color and so quick and easy to make. Roasted Purple Cauliflower is a show stopper vegetable for sure. It’s in peak season in July and August and often available in larger markets for your holiday table.

Roasted Purple Cauliflower served in a white bowl is a stunning addition to any meal.

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Roasted Purple Cauliflower in a white bowl on light wooden surface

Purple and orange cauliflower is in peak season in the fall months but it’s possible to find it year round in California and larger markets like Whole Foods.

Purple food is just fun to eat and purple cauliflower is good for you! Bonus!

How is purple cauliflower naturally purple?

Purple food, especially baked goods and sweets, are usually artificially colored or dyed. Not purple cauliflower! It is naturally this vibrant hue of purple thanks to an antioxidant called anthocyanin. It’s the same antioxidant found in red cabbage and red wine.

Orange cauliflower, on the other hand, is genetically modified to allow the plant to hold more beta carotene.

I bet if you were to roast white and purple cauliflower together and call it Unicorn Trees, little girls everywhere would be eating more cauliflower!

This recipe is simple but the key to getting the browned edges is to be patient and not turn them until you see the edges turn a little more than golden.

Don’t be tempted to stir too soon! It needs the high heat, undisturbed to achieve the brown edges.

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Roasted Purple Cauliflower
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
You can opt for white cauliflower or broccoli if purple is not available. Don’t be tempted to stir too soon! It needs the high heat, undisturbed to achieve the brown edges.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, purple food, purple cauliflower, sides
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kathleen Royal Phillips
  • Half of one large head cauliflower cut into florets about 4 cups
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl or right on a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan. Spread florets out in a single layer. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until browned on underside of florets; stir or use tongs to turn over. Bake another 3 to 5 minutes or just until tender and lightly browned.

Recipe Notes

Don't be tempted to stir before the 12 minutes (or lightly brown on first side) is up!

Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

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