Roasted Cauliflower, Raisins & Capers

I’ve had cauliflower on the brain lately. Over the last few weeks while everyone was craving chocolate covered valentines’ treats, I couldn’t get enough of this salty, sweet roasted goodness.

I first had a similar version along side a salmon dish at Mulberry, a restaurant/wine bar that we frequent. However, since this has been on the menu, we’ve been “frequenting” a little too much. When you go back again and again for the same twenty-seven dollar dish, I figure it’s time to learn how to make it yourself. (within reason of course, this happens to be an easy one).

This is so simple and it makes for such an elegant side dish. I haven’t always been a fan of cauliflower (the soggy kind), but roasting it makes all the difference in the world. It brings out a sweet caramel-ey flavor and creates a texture that has a nice bite.

Make this a full meal by serving it along side simple grilled fish, tofu, or another protein of your choice. Or plate it on a bed of quinoa, black rice, or top it over more mixed greens. Minimal effort is required – just a couple of minutes to chop the cauliflower, arrange the ingredients on a baking sheet and pop into a hot oven.

Serves 4 as a side dish. Serve aside salmon or protein of your choice. Or over more mixed greens as a salad.

1 head cauliflower, broken into small pieces
a few handfuls of arugula
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons golden raisins (soak for a few minutes if they’re not plumpy)
1-2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons capers (drained)
2 teaspoons minced tarragon
1-2 tablespoons agave (or sugar of your choice)
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Break or chop cauliflower into small pieces.  (note, it’s prettier if you break them with your hands and get little trees, than with a knife where you get uneven chunks of stalks)

Prepare 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment or foil (depending on how much cauliflower you have, mine fit on 1). Place cauliflower on baking sheets so the pieces are spaced to not touch. Drizzle with olive oil, white wine vinegar, agave, salt and pepper. The amount you use will depend on how much cauliflower you have and if you prefer to cook with more oil or with less.

Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until deeply golden and caramelized (not burnt, but just before). Remove from oven. While the cauliflower is somewhat hot, toss with arugula so the arugula wilts just slightly from the heat. Toss in a bowl with capers, raisins and tarragon and serve.

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  1. Caitlin from on said:

    i love roasted cauliflower! i really like the addition of raisins and capers in this dish.

  2. Cafe Johnsonia from on said:

    What a beautiful dish. I also love roasted cauliflower. I saw another recipe pairing cauliflower with raisins and I’ve been wanting to try that combo. I love your recipes!

  3. Heather from on said:

    I know I am not in the majority when I tell people I LOVE Cauliflower; this is such a great spin on classic roasted Cauli, which by itself is amazing; but with your add ins this looks to be a super amazing meal!

  4. I swear you have the SAME exact taste in food as I do, each recipe after another – you post things that I am either already in LOVE with eating or would be. I am obsessed with roasted cauliflower, I love the addition of raisins and capers. Brilliant. I really love your blog! So glad I found you.

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  6. I’ve only recently discovered (and fallen in love with roast cauliflower), and early this week had it with a raisin caper emulsion — it was delish!! 🙂

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  9. Stella on said:

    This recipe is delish. But I happened on it by accident. Can you please list it in your recipe index? Meanwhile, thanks for the fantastic blog. You’re helping this meat eater love veggies.

  10. vegan girl on said:

    Delicious!!!!!!!!!! Excellent recipe, I love it. I´ll prepare it for all my friends even my not vegan friend Miranda, but I´ll need add it 24 tea spoons of sugar, because they love anything sweet, jeje.

    • jeanine from on said:

      so glad you liked it 🙂

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