The Best Roasted Cauliflower (& Dinner Party Menu!)

A recent dinner party menu & trust me, you need this cauliflower recipe in your life! 😉🙌🏻

Last weekend we had few friends over for dinner and I’m sharing the menu below. Most of the dishes we serve at dinner parties are really simple wine food – Mike did the grilling (wild-caught salmon and also filet mignon, not pictured) for the main dishes and I did the apps and sides. I like things I can make ahead (like the caprese). Another one of my tips if you can’t make the full dish ahead is to prep as much as you can prior – for example, for the arugula salad, I toast the pine nuts ahead, grate the cheese, and zest the lemon and keep everything covered and fresh until time to assemble.

But trust me, you need this super-delicious roasted cauliflower recipe in your life! 😉🙌🏻

Cape Cod Arugula Salad

Prep Time 25 minutes


  • 12 oz. baby arugula
  • 5-6 slices bacon
  • 1 Granny Smith apple diced
  • ¾ cup walnuts chopped
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 8 oz. blue cheese chopped
  • 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. Arrange a wire rack in a pan. Place the bacon on the rack and roast for about 20 minutes or cooked. Let cool.
  3. In a large serving bowl, toss the arugula with apples, walnuts, cranberries, and blue cheese.
  4. Take the orange, and grate 1 teaspoon of zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons of juice into a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the oil. This makes about 1 cup of dressing. It can be refrigerated in airtight container for a couple of days.
  5. Chop the bacon into pieces and add to the bowl with the arugula. Add dressing to taste, tossing. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Vegetarians can omit bacon and substitute avocado. You can also sub sliced almonds or chopped pecans for walnuts, and Roquefort for blue cheese.

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Here’s our full dinner menu:

Cheese Platter with St. Andre, Truffle Cheese, Drunken Goat, Aged Proscuitto, Speck, Castelvetrano Olives, Artichokes, Pickled Cucumbers, Herbed Mozzarella & Roasted Marcona Almonds
Simple Gilled Salmon with Dill, Lemon, Salt & Pepper
Arugula Salad with Shaved Pecorino, Lemon Zest & Toasted Pine Nuts
UAV Mozzarella with Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, Olive Oil & Fresh Basil

I always pick up dessert from a local bakery, because who has the time?! Last but not least 100% don’t forget the dessert wine!

Here was our full wine menu:

Bon Appétit!

xx — BB

9 comments on “The Best Roasted Cauliflower (& Dinner Party Menu!)

  1. Barbara

    Just had a roasted cauliflower steak for lunch at a fav NYC lunch spot and it was different and delicious. Thank you for the recipe!!

    • breebasham

      Yum, now THAT sounds good!! What spot in NYC do you like for lunch?

  2. That is your best cheese plate yet!

  3. Your food pics are beautiful. You could be a food stylist! Great work. Will definitely try the cauliflower recipe.

    • breebasham

      Thank you!! I honestly need to get going with a DSLR, I’m taking all of these on my iPhone right now. 😂But I love doing it! Let me know how you guys like the recipe if you end up trying it! It’s one of my all-time faves…

  4. Sara Stith

    I’m going to make that cauliflower dish!

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