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Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Cashew Raisin Vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Cashew Raisin Vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Cashew Raisin Vinaigrette
One of my secrets to vegetarian meal planning is to use side dishes as main dishes. This isn’t really a revolutionary idea–I mean, how many holiday meals or dinner parties do we vegetarians end up doing just that? Most recipes for sides serve 4-6, so when I make them, usually I divide them in half instead. And then I’ll make a convenience protein, like marinated tempeh or baked tofu, as the side. So basically it’s the inverse of the typical American meal, with the big slab of protein and the small side serving of vegetables. Sometimes if I’m really short on time, I’ll omit the protein altogether (especially if the side dish I’m making already contains protein).

As you know, I’m on a mission to use up pantry items before moving. When I saw a recipe for Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Raisin Vinaigrette in Vegetarian Times, it stood out to me because it uses raisins and balsamic vinegar, both of which I have on hand. In fact, the only thing I needed to buy for this recipe was cauliflower. Usually, side dishes come in at under 200 calories per serving, so increasing the serving size isn’t a problem when making them as a meal. This recipe was 263 calories per serving though, so I adjusted the recipe by making less vinaigrette and using a much smaller amount of olive oil.

I’m usually not a big fan of vinaigrette, but I liked this raisin vinaigrette a lot because it wasn’t too acidic. Next time, I think I’ll double the recipe and reserve the leftovers for spinach or kale salads.

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Cashew Raisin Vinaigrette

Oven Roasted cauliflower drizzled with a vinaigrette made from raisins and cashews. Adapted from Vegetarian Times' Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Raisin Vinaigrette.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Olive oil mister or cooking spray
  • 1 large cauliflower cut into florets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp. cashews chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Place cauliflower on baking sheet; spray with additional olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • While cauliflower is roasting, place raisins in a bowl with 1/2 cup of boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes or until raisins have swelled.
  • Drain raisins, reserving 2 tablespoons of soaking liquid. Combine liquid, raisins, cashews, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar in blender; blend until smooth. Drizzle vinaigrette over cauliflower before serving.
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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    April 19, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Oh this looks so good! We really like cauliflower and I am always looking for new ways to fix it. Thanks for sharing this great sounding recipe!

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    April 19, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Ok, yummmm.
    Just letting you know that I just wrote raisins and garlic on my list of things to buy tomorrow. I can't wait to make this!

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    April 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!

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    Texas Type A Mom
    April 22, 2011 at 3:15 am

    You are so creative!

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