Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Almonds

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Seriously you have to try this Almond Pesto Cauliflower (roasted cauliflower) recipe and I promise you will not be disappointed! It is flavorful, filling, nutritious, crunchy and meets all textures your pallet will swoon over! 

Roasted cauliflower, almonds, and a basil pesto tossed together in a fragrant topping with crunchy toasted almond slivers will be your new favorite side dish! It is plant based, nourishing and made with vegan gluten-free ingredients.

pesto, cauliflower, almond slivers roasted together and served in a bowl

Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Almonds

Cauliflower is delicious, crunchy, and packed full of nutty flavors. It is versatile too! Cauliflower is an incredible vegetable that can easily be turned in cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower rice fritters or tossed in burritos in place of rice.

This easy sheet pan meal of roasted cauliflower mixed with pesto and crunchy almonds takes little time and makes the most savory side dish! Serve it to guests (and yourself) and you will all feel like you are dining at a fancy restaurant!

cauliflower roasted and tossed with pesto and almond slivers on a fork

Why this roasted cauliflower recipe is so great

Can we all just agree that this recipe says “Hello Beautiful” all the way! Beautiful skin, beautiful nutrients, and beautiful plant-based ingredients!

I love fresh pesto and I REALLY LOVE it combined with roasted cauliflower. The two married together is one of the most luxurious side dishes your lips will ever touch! This recipe is bold, nutty, and a chock-full of flavor!

This is SUCH AN AMAZING side dish that you’ll probably rave about for years to come- it is just that good! Almond pesto roasted cauliflower will totally blow your mind because there are SO MANY BOLD flavors going on here!

What ingredients go into this cauliflower recipe

cauliflower sliced into steaks
  • 1 cauliflower head
  • fresh Italian sweet basil leaves packed
  • olive oil
  • Himalayan salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh lemon juice to bring out flavor
  • almond slivers or almond slices
  • garlic cloves

How to make this fabulous side dish

This roasted cauliflower recipe uses a whole head of cauliflower then cut it into slices or “steaks” Once it is sliced mix it with homemade pesto sauce. I like to use this kale pesto recipe or a basic basil pesto sauce without the dairy, cheese or pine nuts. We add toasted almonds for a nutty crunchy texture on top.

Prepare the cauliflower

Preheat the oven and grease a baking pan, then prepare the cauliflower. Wash the cauliflower and remove the stem. Slice it into even size “steaks”. It is fine if some break off into smaller pieces. It will break more after it cooks.

Make the pesto sauce

basil pesto sauce in a blender

Add the pesto ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until slightly smooth, for about 45 seconds.

Toss and roast

basil pesto sauce over cauliflower slices

Add the pesto sauce on top of the cauliflower steaks, reserving ¼ cup for serving.

how to roast cauliflower

Add the almond slivers on top and toss the ingredients together with your hands to coat the cauliflower with the pesto and almond slivers.

easy healthy roasted cauliflower recipe

Roast it all together at 400 degrees for 35 minutes to pure perfection, and flipping it at about halfway through cooking!

Roasting Tips for Success

Slice the cauliflower into almost equal sizes for even baking, and make sure they do not overlap on the baking sheet.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this fantastic cauliflower recipe as a side dish, with other roasted vegetables, or turn it into a cauliflower pasta recipe and serve it over gluten free noodles. Have extra cauliflower? Use it in this roasted cauliflower red pepper soup! Or serve it along side of meat such as:

Roasted cauliflower with pesto and almond slivers in a bowl

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pesto, cauliflower, almond slivers roasted together and served in a bowl

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Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Almonds (Paleo, Whole30)

Roasted cauliflower, almonds, and a basil pesto tossed together in a fragrant topping with crunchy toasted almond slivers will be your new favorite side dish! It is plant based, nourishing and made with vegan gluten-free ingredients.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Halal, Hindu, Kosher, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 255kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 2 cups fresh Italian sweet basil leaves packed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon toasted almond slivers
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Instructions

Prepare the cauliflower

  • Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F. Lightly grease a baking pan with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Wash and slice the cauliflower by removing the bottom then slicing it vertical or chop into large chunks, or “steaks” that are even in size. Spread the chopped cauliflower on a baking pan.
    cauliflower sliced into steaks

Make the pesto

  • In a blender add the basil, olive oil, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, garlic and 1 tablespoon of toasted almond slivers. Blend until slightly smooth for about 45 seconds.
    basil pesto sauce in a blender

Mix and roast

  • Pour the pesto over the cauliflower leaving about ¼ cup for reserve.
    basil pesto sauce over cauliflower slices
  • Add ¼ cup of toasted almond slivers and toss the cauliflower with your hands to coat evenly then spread it evenly on the baking sheet.
    how to roast cauliflower
  • Bake for 35 minutes. Use the reserve pesto to top the roasted cauliflower before serving and garnish with extra almond slivers. Serve warm.
    easy healthy roasted cauliflower recipe

Notes

Slice the cauliflower into almost equal sizes for even baking, and make sure they do not overlap on the baking sheet.

Nutrition

Serving: 5g | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
Roasted Cauliflower with Almond Pesto

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