orange cauliflower with garlic and lemon

January 24, 2010 |  Category:   cooking recipes seasonal


We have a small farmer’s market across the street from our house that, until this year, ended in December. This winter, however, they have teamed up with the Can Factory Market so that we in the neighborhood can have our fresh veggies and pickles year-round. Mia, Claudine and I ventured over on an especially cold Sunday to check it out. I was actually a bit surprised by the selection. Lots of fresh herbs, good apples, and this beautiful orange cauliflower. Orange cauliflower is a bit sweeter than the standard white variety, which makes it perfect for roasting or sautéing. Make sure to get it nice and caramelized for the best flavor. We ate it with foccacia, roasted beets and salsify soup that day. Makes for a perfect winter meal.

Orange Cauliflower with Garlic and Lemon (serves 4)

1 head orange cauliflower, broken into florets (other colors of cauliflower can also be used)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
Coarse sea salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in the cauliflower and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside. Heat the olive oil on high heat in a large sauté pan. Add the minced garlic and fry until it just starts to brown. Add the cooked cauliflower and continue to cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally. It should start to brown a little bit. When the cauliflower is brown enough for you, squeeze in the lemon juice, cook for another 30 seconds, and serve immediately.


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  • cicilia January 24, 2010 at 1:25 am

    winter meal…such a lovely post! just what i need right now…

  • Elizabeth January 24, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Yum. The photos make even cauliflower (not my favorite vegetable) look good. I am new to your blog and don’t remember how I found my way here but I look forward to reading more!

  • Annie From Seattle January 24, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Wow….I’ve never seen an orange cauliflower! Cool! I know this is simple but it looks really delicious. I’m going to try it tomorrow.

  • Nadia January 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Wow. I love cauliflower and this simple recipe seems like the perfect comfort food.

  • Nina January 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

    it looks yummy! Our farmer’s market is non-existent at the moment due to long period of rain here in Los Angeles. It’s extremely cold here for veggies to survive. I miss eating organic!

  • hallie January 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    i was just admiring the orange cauliflower at my farmer’s market yesterday morning. so pretty, but the orange beets tempted me more. yum…

  • Mery January 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Such perfect timing. I have two heads of orange cauliflower sitting in my fridge since yesterday. Sounds very yummy!

  • Mery January 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    ps: Does Ms. Claudine likes the colored veggies better? Mila won’t eat the white cauliflower but she loves the purple one… they taste the same!

  • mina January 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Is this farmer’s market open every Sunday at the Can Factory (during the winter)?

  • Jenna January 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

    mina, I believe it is open every sunday before it moves back outside again.

  • rebecca January 25, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Salsify soup! Where did you get Salsify?! I have never found it here (NYC), only in France, and I LOVE it! Please tell.

  • Mark January 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Rebecca, the salsify was found at the Union Square Greenmarket, and can probably still be found there through the spring. They even had black salsify the day I was there.

  • kin January 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    i made this tonight – but WAY overcooked the cauliflower because my timer didn’t go off after 2min. despite being a mushier dish than i’d hoped for, the flavour was wonderful!

    i love when you post recipes. i always try them a.s.a.p because they’re always fairly simple but so good 🙂

  • lesley January 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

    can’t wait to try this. we love cauliflower in our house, especially roasted simply with olive oil, salt + pepper.

  • Mikell February 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Made this for dinner last night, and it was simple and wonderful. For reasons unbeknownst to me I’ve had huge cauliflower cravings all winter, and my husband has been subjected to a slew of recipes. He has declared this one his favorite. Thanks for sharing!