Flavorful Roasted Cauliflower Leaves

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by Alena Schowalter
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Guilty of tossing out cauliflower leaves? We’ve all been there. With this recipe, now you don’t have to! Save food waste and enjoy a tasty snack. Made in 15 minutes or less.

Yes, you can use every part of cauliflower! Cauliflower leaves are great as a side dish or snack — they’re crispy and customizable.

You can bake these alongside other veggies in the oven for only 15 minutes!

This recipe is an easy way to try something new while preventing waste. Once you try it, you’ll want to make it every time you cook cauliflower!

For more savory eats, cook up our skinny cauliflower fettuccine alfredo or cauliflower steaks.

roasted cauliflower leaves on a baking sheet

Can you eat cauliflower leaves?

Yes, you can eat cauliflower leaves, not just the stems or florets. Instead of throwing them away, you can use this edible part of the plant to add tasty flavor and texture to your dishes!

Why you should try this recipe

  • Simple and easy
  • Ready in 15 minutes
  • Saves food waste 
  • Customizable 

All you need is a baking sheet and these leaves are ready to roast!

Ingredients needed

  • Cauliflower leaves — our hearty, crunchy main ingredient.
  • Olive oil — to help crisp up the cauliflower leaves 
  • Salt and pepper — basic seasonings. You can add in seasonings of your choice!

Find more flavor ideas in our FAQ section.

head of cauliflower on a plate

How to make roasted cauliflower leaves 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Cut the cauliflower leaves from the base. Wash and pat dry. 
  3. Spread cauliflower leaves evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the leaves. Season with salt, pepper, and other spices of choice. 
  5. Roast leaves for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Storage & reheating

Cauliflower leaves are best served right away. If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

To reheat, cook in a 350 °F (170 °C) oven for 5-8 minutes until warmed through. 

We recommend avoiding the microwave to ensure a crispy texture. 

Marinading Cauliflower Leaves with Harissa Paste

Serving suggestions

Roasted cauliflower leaves are great alongside a cauliflower main dish (we figure you’re going to use the whole cauliflower anyway!) 

These leaves are also customizable — so you can use any seasonings or sauces you like. If you’re looking for something fiery, try out our Harissa marinade.

It’s smoky, spicy, and full of umami; perfect for this roasted cauliflower bowl

Here are some yummy side dishes that’ll pair nicely with the leaves:

roasted cauliflower leaves with dip on a plate

FAQs & tips

What do cauliflower leaves taste like?

Cauliflower leaves taste like greens — think kale or cabbage. Their flavor is fairly mild! Adding seasoning or marinades definitely enhances their taste.

Are cauliflower leaves healthy?

Yes! Cauliflower leaves actually contain more antioxidants than the florets. They also contain high amounts of phytonutrients, which have potential to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation. 

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Flavor suggestions

If salt and pepper is too plain for you, no worries! For a simple, savory taste, we recommend adding garlic powder, onion powder, and nutritional yeast. If you want a little extra spice, add some chili powder or cayenne.  

Can this be oil-free?

Yes! However, your leaves won’t be as crispy. The oil helps roast the leaves to obtain that crunchy bite. But if you don’t want any oil, the leaves will still taste delicious. They just won’t have the same texture. 

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Flavorful Roasted Cauliflower Leaves

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Guilty of tossing out cauliflower leaves? We’ve all been there. With this recipe, now you don’t have to! Save food waste and enjoy a tasty snack. Made in 15 minutes or less.
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower leaves from one head of cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F (200º C).
  • Cut the cauliflower leaves from the base. Wash well and pat dry. 
  • Spread cauliflower leaves evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Drizzle olive oil over the leaves. Season with salt, pepper, and other spices of choice. 
  • Roast leaves in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Notes

  • Oil is optional, but the texture will not be as crispy without it.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
Flavorful Roasted Cauliflower Leaves
Amount per Serving
Calories
120
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
86
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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