Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce

This Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce is the perfect Summer side dish. A little bit of char on the cauliflower mixed with a smooth, refreshing basil avocado sauce – you’ll forget what the main dish is.

Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce

I am a huge believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason.

And recently, I experienced that first hand. Most of the time, it’s a very after-the-fact realization. You know, something happens, effects slowly take place because of that thing, and a couple years later you realize why that thing happened. For me, this ‘thing’ had a quick turnaround. An emotional day it was.

I’m not going to go into detail, but to give you a hint: long distance relationships are hard. I don’t care how far away you are from each other, whether you’re a two-hour drive away, or across the country, it ain’t easy.

Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce

I recently made a mistake. And it really hurt someone who I consider to be another part of me. It was not on purpose, (and it’s not what you think… as in, I was NOT unfaithful!) but it upset him, and the amount to which I was sobbing, knowing I hurt someone I care about more than words can describe, gave me a wake up call. And after a long talk, a million tears, countless lower lip quivers, and about ten snot-filled tissues (you’re welcome for the visual), everything was better again. Actually, no – everything was even better than before. Because before, things weren’t so hot.

Like I said, long distance relationships are rough. I know, everyone says that. But it’s been about two years now, and I never really took that to heart until I experienced it first-hand. There was a little bit of trouble in paradise, but after this mistake I made, I realized that we needed this little hiccup. This little hiccup made us even stronger.

And this little hiccup made me realize that it’s okay to make mistakes. I spend so much time trying to be perfect and live a life with no mistakes, that I wonder sometimes what this has prevented me from experiencing. With every mistake comes a lesson, and with each lesson comes strength.

Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce

When it was all said and done, I was thanking God that this had happened. I had been looking for an answer for so long, praying for direction. And this was it.

Sometimes, all you need is a mistake.

Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce

Something that has absolutely, positively helped me through the long distance woes? This blog. Holy hell it takes up a lot of my time and if it didn’t, I’d probably just be moping around calling Christian every five minutes like, “I MISS YOUUUU”. Wait, I already do that hehehe just kidding but seriously.

So speaking of cauliflower…

Okay yeah worst segue ever but anyway, you guys, this cauliflower was da shiz.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever said this on here before, but I’m the worst at fitting vegetables into my diet. But once I muster up the strength to eat something other than peanut butter, I’m really glad I did. There are few ways to eat veggies that are better than roasting them in the oven. The simplicity of ingredients required to bring out the flavors of vegetables, especially roasted cauliflower (because cauliflower can be a bit bland), when roasting is not only wonderful, but perfect for me – the lazy cook.

If you’re looking for an easy yet delicious side dish this summer, this roasted cauliflower is it, yo.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Basil Avocado Sauce
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Recipe type: Side dish
  • Cauliflower:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ½ fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by either greasing it, covering with foil (and greasing), or parchment paper.
  2. Lay cauliflower florets across sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Flip, then bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  5. For the sauce, add the avocado, basil, olive oil, Parmesan, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Process until completely smooth.
  6. Remove cauliflower from oven and move to a large bowl. Either mix the sauce in with the cauliflower (and serve immediately), or leave sauce for individual dipping.
Be sure to wait until just before serving to make the avocado sauce, or else it will turn brown (due to the avocados).
Do not heat up with the cauliflower - it will make the cauliflower soggy.
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Join the conversation:
Have you ever made a mistake, then realized you were glad it happened?
Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? Any tips?

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  1. says

    No relationship advice but I can totally relate to making a “mistake for the better.” Sometimes (especially living in close quarters with my family) something will build up and eventually I’ll snap (or someone will snap…it’s not ALWAYS me haha). After we cry, talk, listen, etc., we can move on and not have that underlying tension. I think the “moving on” part is a sign of true love and respect.

    Ummm I freaking love roasted cauliflower! Made a batch this weekend to have with lunches :)
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  2. says

    The hiccups definitely make everything stronger in the long run, even if you feel like things will never change at the time. If you EVER need relationship advice, I’m always here to talk! <3 My boyfriend and I started dating in high school 5 1/2 years ago but then we've been on and off long distance since because of being in different cities for college. Now that he has a job in DC, he's only 2 hours away which is nice! But now I won't see him till August. :( Long story short, I'm glad you realized that it was making you stronger as a couple!
    Here are my top tips:
    -Never go to bed angry at each other. It just makes everything sucky.
    -FACETIME a lot but that's a no-brainer haha
    -Phone calls at least once a week, and sometimes we like to send each other letters for fun! :)
    Hope this helps, love ya girl! <3
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  3. says

    I do believe that everything happens for a reason too. God knows what he is doing and we might not understand it at one point, but we will later on because he works all things together for good! Speaking of good, this cauliflower looks poppin’! I love roasted cauliflower and that sauce is like icing on the cake :)

  4. says

    I need to try cauliflower again because this looks amazing! I originally tried it in my college dining hall and hated it… then again, I’m not sure there was anything that I tried for the first time in the dining hall that I actually liked. 😛

    I’m fortunate enough to never have been in a LDR for too long. I met Eric during our first year of college and we’ve had to spend some of our breaks apart, but nothing longer a month, and that’s hard enough. Patience and communication are really, really important–but you of course already know that! Best of luck to you guys–it will be worth it in the long run.
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    • says

      Unfortunately it’s most of what we’ve known! We’ve been together over 3 years, 2 years of which have been spent long distance. And during the year we were together in college, he played football so even then I barely saw him! I think this all has been a blessing in disguise though. Every time we do see each other, we appreciate every second together.
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  5. says

    We did a long distance relationship for about a year back in 2012. Not going to lie, it sucked and wasn’t easy but we made sure we always had time to talk to each other and could see each other at least once a month! It just took alot of patience, and I just had to remind myself that it was going to be over at the end of that year when I moved across Australia! 4 years later, and an engagement it only made us stronger :) good uck with it! I’m sure it will all come out to be a positive! ps roasted cauliflower OMG my favourite!
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    • says

      It does suck haha!! I’m so happy to hear you and your man stuck it out and are happily together <3 Our situation has only made us stronger. We've had so many ups and downs, but have still remained together and in love - it has certainly prepared us for the job that is marriage I'd say haha
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  6. says

    Been in a LDR for over 7 years now. No resolution for at least 7 more years. It really is a day to day thing.

    And yeah, this recipe looks fabulous! Thank you!

  7. says

    YES! Mistakes are SO hard, but Christina, you have such a wonderful perspective. Your transparency about your relationship with Christian is a BLESSING to the rest of us, because it makes us remember that we aren’t the only ones that struggle. I’m so thankful that God works those things for good in His children’s lives, and you are learning and growing so much! Love ya girl!

    This cauliflower? WOW. This would make even me eat cauliflower. I’m bad at fitting in vegetables, and it helps if I prepare them in a special way.
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    • says

      It is hard but I think it’s prepared us for the future! I always tell him “all I want to do is go grocery shopping together” lol all I want to do is the normal, everyday things because I can’t! So I think it has made us completely appreciate our time together, whether we’re doing something exciting or doing absolutely nothing
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  8. says

    My mouth just watered looking at these photos. This recipe looks unbelievable. I can’t wait to make it. Going to replace the Parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast since I am dairy free. Thank you for the inspiration.
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  9. says

    Speaking as someone who married the guy she dated for a year and a half while he was half way across the country, all of the struggles are well worth it. Compared to other couples we know, we’re so much better at communication because for so long our only interaction was talking with each other with no face-to-face time. Whatever your hiccup was will probably go a long way to making your relationship stronger for the long haul.

    Also, I’ll eat any veggie if it’s covered in basil avocado sauce!
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  10. says

    This brought tears to my eyes because I definitely understand long distance relationships. It is tough. Drew and I went through some not-so-great moments early on in our relationship in college, and they definitely make you stronger! I think in any relationship at any point, showing appreciation for your SO is important. Even if it’s for silly things I try to thank Drew to show his actions don’t go unnoticed, and he does the same for me.
    You know how to find me if you ever need to chat <3
    p.s. I love adding sauce like this to veggies.
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  11. says

    I absolutely love roasted cauliflower. I would have never thought to pair cauliflower with avocados, but it looks like a really good pair. I’m also a believer in the saying, “everything happens for a reason”. God knows what he is doing. You might question what’s going on and not understand why everything is happening the way it is, but we will later on because God ALWAYS works all things out for the good. One of my favorite sayings is “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on and be able to carry those life lessons with us to help us further down the road? :)

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