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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Red Bell Pepper

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Red Bell Pepper

Reprinted with permission from Clean Eating Kitchen: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook by Michelle Dudash

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine vegetarian
Keyword cauliflower rice
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 360 kcal


For the cauliflower

  • 1 small head cauliflower stem cut off
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons (40 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium red bell pepper

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup (28g) slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp tomato product (use what you have open, like marinara, sauce, paste, or fresh)
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic peeled
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed, drained, and patted dry
  • Fresh coarsely chopped herbs basil, parsley, or green tops of scallions
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives


  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF (230C, or gas mark 8) convection. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  2. To make the cauliflower: Slice the cauliflower into 4 thick “steaks,” about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the olive oil on one side, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of the onion powder,¼ teaspoon of the salt, and pepper, then turn and repeat with another 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil, the remaining ¼ teaspoon onion powder, the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Place the whole red pepper on the pan and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the oil.

  3. Roast until the pepper is blistered and browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Remove the pepper from the pan using tongs and place in a paper bag. Seal. Place the chickpeas on the pan and drizzle with the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Turn the cauliflower. Roast until the cauliflower is browned on both sides, about 10 more minutes.

  4. To make the sauce: After the pepper has been in the bag for at least several minutes, carefully (it will be hot and steamy!) cut out the stem and seeds. Cut the pepper into about 8 pieces. Place the pepper in a blender and add the almonds, tomato, oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

  5. To serve, place one steak on each plate. Sprinkle with the chickpeas and drizzle with the sauce. Sprinkle with the herbs and olives. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Red Bell Pepper
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Sodium 904mg39%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 10g42%
Protein 11g22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.