The oven makes the humble cauliflower shine! This simple roasted balsamic cauliflower makes a healthy, budget-friendly and crowd-pleaser side dish. The balsamic vinegar, the parmesan and the caramelisation from roasting add a yummy sweet and savory flavor to this beautiful and crisp veggie. 

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 30 mins  

Servings: 4


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with oil.
  2. Stir the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and thyme together in a bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat. If time allows, leave it to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Spread the cauliflower out evenly on the baking sheet. Then drizzle with the remaining marinate.  
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top of the florets and return the pan to the oven. Keep roasting for a further 10-15 minutes or until soft and golden.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately or still warm. Enjoy it.