Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots

Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower a super easy sheet pan roasted vegetable recipe with only 5 ingredients and ready in 40 minutes. Perfect as a side dish or a topping for salads and bowls!

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Love roasted carrots? Love roasted cauliflower? Roast them together! Cauliflower and carrots are a great roasted vegetable combination, especially when topped with a generous sprinkling of sliced garlic and herbs.

If you’re still on the fence about this combo, here’s why you should make it:

  • It’s easy. Only five ingredients and 40 minutes baking on a sheet pan. It doesn’t get easier than that!
  • It’s flexible. This simple recipe can be made as is, or dressed up with fresh herbs and spices.
  • It’s tasty. Simple doesn’t have to mean boring; this recipe pops with flavor from only a few key ingredients.

Ready to learn how to make this oven roasted zucchini and carrots recipe? Let’s do it!

carrots, a head of cauliflower, and bowls of oil, garlic, salt, and pepper
Ingredients: cauliflower, carrots, oil, salt, pepper, garlic

🥕 How to roast cauliflower and carrots together (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Preheat oven and prep vegetables

First, preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). While the oven is heating, wash the cauliflower and carrots and remove the stems.

Separate the cauliflower florets so they’re in bite-size pieces and cut the carrots into diagonal slices that are about the same size as the cauliflower.

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Slice the carrots and cut the cauliflower

2️⃣ Step Two: Add vegetables to the roasting pan

Next, add the cut vegetables to a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and, using your hands or a spatula, toss them until they’re completely coated with oil.

Sprinkle the vegetables with sliced fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and either fresh or dried herbs (optional, but recommended; see herb and spice recommendations below).

sliced carrots and cauliflower florets on a sheet pan
Toss vegetables with oil and spices on a sheet pan

3️⃣ Step Three: Roast until vegetables soften and begin to brown

Finally, roast the vegetables in the oven until they begin to soften and become brown around the edges. This takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven.

About halfway through cooking, toss the vegetables so they brown on all sides, we did this about every 10 minutes.

Remove the sheet pan from the oven and serve immediately as a side dish, or you can let the carrots and cauliflower combination cool and use it to top salads and bowls.

roasted carrots and cauliflower on a sheet pan after baking

❓ Recipe questions + quick tips

What type of carrots should I use?

Any type of carrots will be delicious roasted. We prefer to roast larger carrots like Tendersweet and Touchon carrots, but when we want a good variety of colors we choose Kaleidoscope carrots.

Should I peel carrots before roasting?

As long as you wash carrots well, you do not need to peel them before roasting. In fact, unpeeled carrots are delicious because the outer layer browns when baked and provides deeper flavor through a process called the maillard reaction when the natural sugar in carrots is heated.

What type of cauliflower should I use?

Any type of cauliflower is delicious roasted. Get creative with a combination of white, purple, or even orange cauliflower.

What kind of herbs should I use?

We used fresh oregano in these recipe photos because it is what we had on hand, but fresh or dried basil, thyme, or rosemary would also be delicious.

baked cauliflower and carrot side dish on a white table

🌿 Herb + spice flavor ideas

This recipe is simply prepared with just olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. However, the herb and spice flavor possibilities are endless! Here are a few to try out in your roasted vegetable recipe:

  • Rosemary, shallots, and garlic: roast cauliflower and carrots with sliced shallot and garlic, then sprinkle with fresh rosemary when finished
  • Garlic, red onion, and fresh herbs: top roasted vegetables with garlic and sliced red onion, then top with fresh herbs like oregano
  • Turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper: make it spicy with a sprinkle of turmeric powder, paprika, and a dash of cayenne
  • Make it crunchy with nuts or seeds: add a bit of crunch by topping with sliced almonds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, or sesame seeds

♻️ Sustainable kitchen + cooking tips

We’re all about sustainability here at Fork in the Road, so here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your ingredients.

Take advantage of carrot and cauliflower season! The best time to make recipes using carrots and cauliflower is during the height of their growing season, which just so happens to overlap for most of the year (with the exception of July and August, when cauliflower is not typically in season). To find out when they’re in season in your area, search Seasonal Food Guide’s seasonality calendar.

Use carrot and cauliflower stem scraps to reduce food waste! Don’t toss those stems after cutting — add them to a carrot green food scrap vegetable broth to flavor stocks for soups and to use as a liquid for cooking grains like rice and barley.

Don’t throw away carrot greens! Did you buy carrots with their leaves? Great! Reuse carrot tops in sauces like pesto or in a carrot leaves chimichurri, or cook the carrot greens to eat on their own as a side dish (yes, they’re edible!).

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Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots Recipe

Kristina Todini, RDN
Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower a super easy sheet pan roasted vegetable recipe with only 5 ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. Perfect as a side dish or topping for salads and bowls!
4.83 stars (28 ratings)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salads + Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 137 kcal


  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 pound cauliflower about 1 head
  • 2 whole garlic cloves sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon dried or fresh herbs like basil oregano, or thyme


  • Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (200 C)
  • Prep vegetables: Wash carrots and cauliflower and remove stems. Separate cauliflower florets into bite-size pieces and cut carrots diagonally into pieces that are similar in size to the cauliflower (for easier eating).
  • Roast vegetables: Arrange the vegetables on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, tossing to completely cover with oil and sprinkle with sliced garlic, salt, pepper, and herbs. Place sheet pan in the oven and roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to roast on all sides.
  • Serve vegetables: Remove pan from oven, arrange vegetables on a plate and serve as a side dish or as a salad topping.


  • Tools Needed: sheet pan, knife set, cutting board
  • Prep Ahead: Wash and cut vegetables ahead of time to reduce prep time before cooking. If serving cold on salads or bowls, you can make this recipe up to three days ahead of time.
  • Leftovers and Storage: Vegetables should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For best taste and texture, do not freeze and reheat.
  • Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is estimated for only ingredients in the recipe, not the additional spice options given. This simple roasted carrots and cauliflower recipe is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 122mgPotassium: 704mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 18944IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy roasted vegetables, roasted cauliflower and carrots, side dish, vegan
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