Salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower

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Salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower - a super healthy, low carb snack that's just as tasty as greasy salt and vinegar crisps!

You know those really healthy snacks that people claim are sooooo delicious, when really they just taste like cardboard, or a stick, or a bowlful of gruel?

This is totally not like that. Roasted cauliflower is low carb and low calorie, buuuut it also tastes amazing – and I am not generally one to enjoy healthy alternatives to not-so-healthy dishes. I usually prefer the not-so-healthy version (as I’m sure most people do) – but this salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower definitely holds its own against a bag of greasy salt and vinegar crisps.

In fact, I really shouldn’t even be comparing the two, because rather than viewing this roasted cauliflower as a low carb alternative to crisps, I want you to recognise it as an amazing snack in its own right… can you tell I’m passionate about this cauliflower?

Salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower - a super healthy, low carb snack that's just as tasty as greasy salt and vinegar crisps!

I actually used to name cauliflower as one of the two vegetables that I really couldn’t stand. Whilst I still avoid peas wherever possible, roasting honestly transforms cauliflower from a bland, watery vegetable to something that I would quite happily snack on all day long!

For a lot of people, roasting isn’t a cooking method that often springs to mind for cauliflower, but it works unbelievably well. The very edges of the florets crisp up slightly and the undersides become nice and caramelised. It bears no relation at all to the soggy vegetable I was used to.

And of course, if you’re not feeling the whole ‘snacking on cauliflower’ thing, roasted cauliflower also works really well as a side dish for a roast dinner (perhaps without the vinegar!).

Salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower - a super healthy, low carb snack that's just as tasty as greasy salt and vinegar crisps!

Since cauliflower has a fairly mild flavour, it’s great for dressing up with whatever flavours you fancy. Try sprinkling it with your favourite herbs and spices before roasting to give any number of flavour combinations (my favourite spice, smoked paprika, would work really well!). Make sure you share your favourites with me!

Salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower - a super healthy, low carb snack that's just as tasty as greasy salt and vinegar crisps!

Salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp oil or spray oil
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Remove the leaves and the base of the stalk from the cauliflower, and separate the head into bite-sized florets (cut any large florets in half). Toss the cauliflower in the oil and vinegar, and lay out in a single layer on a baking tray. Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper, and roast for around 25 minutes at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F), until slightly crispy. Add more salt and vinegar to taste, and serve warm or cold.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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Salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower - a super healthy, low carb snack that's just as tasty as greasy salt and vinegar crisps!

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25 Comments

  1. I’ve stumbled over your gorgeous recipe and love it! We just can’t have enough cauliflower recipes. Yes for me smoked paprika would probably also be my favorite seasoning.5 stars

  2. I lined my baking sheet with foil, then tossed half way thru baking. Served it with marinara sauce and meatballs. Very tasty.

  3. I’m learning to eat a lot of vegetables that I thought I didn’t like. Roasting and seasoning them makes such a difference. I love balsamic, but I will try this. BTW, you are one of the only Brits I know who admits to not liking peas! My British partner will put them in anything! He’s pea crazy!

  4. Good morning! Just letting you know that I featured this recipe in my 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes Round-Up from November 2015. Hope a lot of my readers will come over here and try it!

  5. Becca, this is unbelievably delicious! Thanks for posting. I had a third of an enormous cauli to finish and saw your recipe pop up – perfect timing. Also tossed some asparagus with basalmic vinegar and a bit of olive oil and roasted that at the same time to make use of the oven heat. if you are looking for other cauli ideas, Jamie O has an excellent recipe for cauli risotto with a chilli pangrattata (not sure if that’s one word or two!). Not exactly low-cal or carb free, but damn fine nonetheless.