Garlicky Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Italian Salsa Verde

This is one of those total winners of a recipe that looks and tastes amazing but takes hardly any time to prepare. Perfect for a light lunch, or served as a vegan main course or side dish, the Italian style salsa verde is super versatile and great with grilled sea bass or roast chicken.


Large cauliflower
Olive oil
½ zest of a lemon
Salt and pepper
3 x garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
Flaked almonds, lightly toasted

For salsa verde:

3 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon capers
3 anchovy fillets (can be omitted for vegan)
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 200C convection, or full surface grill & circulated air @ 200C if you’re using a Gaggenau oven.

2. Cut the bottom of the cauliflower off, so it can sit on its own. Next, slice into large ’steaks’ – you should get 3 or 4 out of a decent-sized cauliflower around 1cm thick. Don’t worry if some bits break off.

3. Drizzle with olive oil. Add the garlic to a heavy baking tray and then place the cauliflower steaks on top. Season with salt and pepper and grate over the zest of half the lemon.

4. For the salsa verde, simply add the parsley, capers, anchovies and garlic to a small mixer and blitz until fine. Next, add the mustard, lemon juice and oil and blitz again. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Remove the cauliflower from the oven (around 15 minutes should do it) and add to a warmed serving plate. If you turn the cauliflower over they will likely be a bit more crispy / browned on the underside and look really lovely like that. Then you can serve them with the salsa verde spooned over. Add a little extra parsley and squeeze of lemon for extra pizazz. We also added some lightly toasted flaked almonds for extra crunch but hazelnuts or pistachios would also work well.