Copycat Whole Foods Curried Cauliflower

Roasted curried cauliflower inspired by the version served at Whole Foods. This vegetable dish is perfect to accompany any meal or thrown through a salad- A spicy, salty and sweet combination helps caramelise the cauliflower. Suits a gluten free, paleo or vegan lifestyle. 

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I hope the security cameras at Whole Foods don’t monitor them too carefully. 

I’ve been to America several times and first went to Whole Foods in 2011 with my cousin. I still remember that day as if it were yesterday (mainly because it was my first time in America- Not because of Whole Foods). I was jet lagged, sweating (it was Winter in Australia and the peak of Summer in San Diego). My cousin took me to Whole Foods and I thought it was a buffet restaurant. A healthy buffet restaurant. 

My cousin gave me one of those glorious brown box and told me to load up. I did as she said and after a ridiculous amount later, I was fed, happy and in awe of such a concept. 

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Fast forward three years later, and I still have a soft spot for Whole Foods. Maybe it has to do with the blog world constantly singing it’s praises or perhaps its because we don’t have anything remotely like this in Australia- Either way, I know a pitstop to Whole Foods is mandatory whenever I’m in the Northern Hemisphere (Except maybe not the one in Toronto, Canada. The offerings at the hot bar weren’t too epic). 

When I was in New York, I went to Whole Foods for lunch as soon as I arrived because it was conveniently located next to my hotel and my stomach was screaming for food. I went to the hot bar and loaded up with a variety of goodies, including a roasted curried cauliflower. 

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Let’s talk cauliflower for a minute. Outside of the potato, cauliflower is by far my all time favourite vegetable. I eat it whenever it is in season and if my stomach would be kinder, I’d eat it by the kilo/pound/your measurement of choice. My all time favourite way to eat it is simply roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. Well, it was until that Whole Foods visit. I don’t know if it was because I was extra hungry, the spice combination was delicious or because it was glistening in olive oil- I was besotted at first bite. (Gross. I can’t believe I described cauliflower like that). 

The next day I was dining solo before my early morning flight the next day and I spent close to 5 minutes carefully examining the cauliflower and inconspicuously memorising the ingredients listed on those white cards. Before you question why I didn’t take a photograph with my phone, it had died. (That’s what happens when you mooch wifi from random New York locations.).

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When I arrived back on home soil, that very night I tried my hand at recreating the cauliflower and continued to eat this new variation. Friends, stalking the cauliflower at Whole Foods was so worth it. This roasted curried cauliflower tastes exactly like the one served at the Whole Foods hot bar! The best thing? You probably have ALL the ingredients in your pantry. The combination of curry spices with a touch of sweetness helps caramelise the cauliflower to roasted, charred perfection. This rounds off the first of my Copycat Friday recipe series

PS. That was very expensive cauliflower that final night in New York. So worth it. 

The BEST (and healthy!) Roasted Curried Cauliflower Ever- You'll never make it any other way again! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Copycat Whole Foods Curried Cauliflower

A salty, spicy and sweet flavour combination which caramelises the cauliflower- super simple and inspired by the Whole Foods hot bar.
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 large head cauliflower chopped roughly into bite sized florets
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp garam marsala
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp native natural sweetener or 2 tsp norbu sweetener or sweetener of choice
  • 2 T olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Coat a large baking dish/pan with oil and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cauliflower and toss through all the spices. Add the olive oil and using your hands, mix well to ensure all florets are coated with the spices and the oil.
  • Add the cauliflower on an even layer on the baking tray and cook for 15 minutes, or until it gets golden, flip and cook for another 15 minutes until the edges are golden brown and slightly charred.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.


This cauliflower tastes amazing eaten cold, through a salad or even on it's own. It can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 days, covered.
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Are you a fan of cauliflower? 

If you’ve been to the Whole Foods hot bar, what’s your favourite dish from there? 

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    77 thoughts on “Copycat Whole Foods Curried Cauliflower

    1. This looks like a better way to eat cauliflower! My stomach only sometimes likes it (argghhhhhh) but I do enjoy it from time to time. Whole Foods hot bar=magical…can’t wait for another recreation!

    2. Second favourite veggie?! Reeeeaally?! I’m not the biggest fan — or at least my stomach isn’t — so you can keep all the cauliflower. I’ll steal the potatoes 😛

      1. same. yet i love the curry ones at whole foods. It’s so tempting! I want to eat it all, but my husband won’t like later if i do. haha. 😉

    3. Perhaps this coming year will be the year I try to reconnect with cauliflower. Or I guess more appropriately, connect. Never was a huge fan of it, but mostly that was when I ate it raw. Definitely open to this recipe, and I’ve always wanted to try cauliflower subbed mashed potatoes. We should start a campaign to measure potatoes and cauli’s in poods. That’s way more fun.

    4. Thank you for reminding me that I haven’t been to a Whole Foods hot bar since I was in Minneapolis, which was over a year ago. Jerk. (I kid). I can’t remember if they had the cauliflower when I went…apparently I’m missing out?
      Favourite roasted veggie = sweet potatoes. Although for non-potatoes….broccoli.

    5. WHAT?! You didn’t like Toronto’s hot bar?! I don’t blame you. It wasn’t my favourite that day either…except for the mashed potatoes. Those were wonderful.

      I love roasted sweet potatoes but cauliflower comes in at a close second! Like you, I usually just use oil, salt and pepper but this copycat version sounds AMAZING. Must try. I love when it gets a bit burnt and crispy just like how you’ve got it in your photos. HOT DAYUMN. GIMME SUMMA DAT.

    6. I live in NY and have still never been to Whole Foods >:-( My favorite roasted veggie is squash. After baking in the over with a bit of maple syrup and oil, it tastes like candy. However, I don’t like roasting squash outside of the cooler months, do I’d say my most frequently roasted veggie is the sweet potato. It’s not a day off from work without some sweet potato oven fries!

    7. Be still my beating heart….I love any and all cauliflower along with brussels sprouts, and broccoli but cauli comes first even before kabocha.

      Love this recipe (: And my whole foods has it occasionally but who needs them when I can stock up on purple, orange and romanesco cauliflower varieties…even yummier!

    8. WHOLE.FOODS.BRUSSELS.SPROUTS. i can’t even put into words how they get them so effing tender and tasty. i’m also a big fan of their simple grilled salmon. as everything else they serve, lets be honest. but so funny you say you eat it cold because i eat my work lunch every day cold (even though there IS a microwave). maybe i’m 50% lazy and maybe we are 50% genius because cold roasted cauliflower is my beyoootch. I’ve been roasting mine with salt, pepper, garlic powder and buffalo sauce and ughhh so perfect! i need to try this one next even though i don’t have garam marsala dangit! although frieda’s produce just sent me purple, orange and green cauliflower so i’m ready to take down about 3 heads this week.. #beatthebloat

    9. You’re right – the hot bar/salad bar at the Toronto Whole Foods does suck! I much prefer the one closer to me in Oakville. Especially this one time when they had the more glorious roasted butternut squash. I haven’t seen it there since that one time though!

      And I don’t think I’ve ever seen curry roasted cauliflower there either. I love roasted cauliflower though so this looks like a winner!

    10. I heart cauliflower – especially curried cauli. My mom makes hers with a spicy curry sauce but I’m liking this spice version! Now to head out and buy some garam marsala…

    11. You know how deep my love of cauliflower is. It knows no bounds, and I cannot wait to try this.

      Next time, do me a favor and mix a little oil, vinegar, some green onions and blue cheese together. Pour it over your roasted cauliflower when it comes out of the oven. Best thing ever. I have cauliflower haters who love this.

    12. Never have I ever eaten off the Whole Foods hot bar… looking at this makes me feel like I may be seriously missing out on something!

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