One of my favorite dishes at my favorite Mediterranean Restaurant is the fried cauliflower that comes with the meze plate. Obviously fried anything isn’t the best dish to keep in your regular rotation, so I began roasting my cauliflower, which is pretty close in flavor, and a lot healthier! I’ve seen a few different variations to roasted cauliflower recently, so I’ve combined bits and pieces of each into one really spectacular dish! Roasted onions, capers, and Spanish olives add great flavor, and garbanzos pack a punch of protein. A dressing of lemon juice, cumin, and olive oil coat all of the vegetables to help them to get nice and brown while roasting. The real unique flavor in this dish comes from the figs…thanks to One Happy Table for the great idea! Hope you enjoy!
**I added sliced lemons to this before roasting but I found that the lemon rinds got really bitter…I should have followed my instinct! Ignore the lemons in the photos….they would make a pretty garnish after roasting though!
Roasted Cauliflower Redux
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
8 figs, sliced thickly
1 tsp capers
½ cup green olives, sliced
½ red onion, sliced thinly
1 ½ cups garbanzo beans
2 T lemon juice
3 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
fresh parsley to garnish
Preheat your oven to 400. Put all vegetables into a large casserole dish.
Whisk all dressing ingredients together. Pour on top of vegetables and toss well. Place in oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until cauliflower can be pierced easily with a fork. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges.