Cauliflower with olives and cherry tomatoes. A super easy recipe to make packed with lots of savory flavors.
Arugula is in season and I love how tasty and tender it is. Cauliflower is also in season and I cannot get enough of those tender cauliflower florets roasted to perfection.
Lots of vegetables are always welcome at our table. And of course one of my favorite vegetables, cauliflower, is always the front runner to be prepared in the oven thus eliminating the strong smell in the kitchen.
Preparing the Cauliflower, Olives, and Cherry Tomatoes
Oven-roasted cauliflower, which brings out all the natural juices, combines with the tomatoes and the light lemon vinaigrette, you could live just with that.
Choose a cauliflower that has no bruising or dark spots and the stem is dry and has no dark spots.
During the roasting process of the cauliflower, stir halfway thru baking. This will allow for a perfect golden color all around as well as prevent burning one side.
Warm olives are one of my favorite and combined with the vinaigrette they reach a new level of deliciousness. Make sure that they are pitted.
Cherry tomatoes are perfectly savory and juicy once they are slightly roasted. You will love to bite into it. Are easy to find and used on cuisines worldwide. The cherry tomato plants are easy to grow also.
Perfectly juicy, sweet and have a thinner outer skin.
I have a serious love affair with lemons and whenever I can incorporate them into my cooking, I do so with pleasure and love.
If you want to add a bit more lemon flavor to this recipe add some lemon zest to the dressing.
With this roasted cauliflower recipe the lemon compliments all the ingredients. Light fresh and mixed with the fresh oregano leaves, the flavor has been brought to a new level. Fresh and clean.
Garlic: I love to grate it versus chopping it with this recipe. The reason being the flavor is more intensified with the natural oils of the garlic. Therefore, mixed with the lemon and olive oil it almost dissolves while giving out all the flavor.
Toss the cauliflower with the olives and cherry tomatoes with the lemon dressing first. Add the arugula at the last minute so it will not wilt.
For a non-vegetarian meal, you may want to add some protein in the form of fish, chicken, or meat. Add some bacon for a fun spin.