Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

Brocoli y Coloflor Rostizadas con Aderezo de Cotija
5 to 6 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: broccoli, cauliflower, chiles de arbol, cotija cheese, mexican crema, pati's mexican table, roasted vegetables, Vegetarian
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 9 “Isla Mujeres Inspired”


For the vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 chopped chiles de arbol, or 1 generous teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds broccoli, cut into 1/4" vertical slices, including thick part of stem
  • 2 pounds cauliflower, cut into 1/4" vertical slices, including thick part of stem

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso cotija
  • 2/3 cup Mexican crema
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

To Prepare

For the vegetables:
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix the lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, chile de arbol, 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Brush 2 large baking sheets with olive oil. Place the broccoli and cauliflower on each baking sheet, making sure that it is well spread out and not crowded. Evenly pour the orange juice mixture all over the vegetables.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping once in between, until well roasted and considerably charred. Remove from the oven.
For the dressing:
  • In the jar of the blender, combine the queso cotija, Mexican crema, vegetable oil, sherry vinegar, water, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until smooth.
  • Serve the broccoli and cauliflower in an extended platter and ladle the queso cotija right on top, or let your guests spoon sauce onto their plates and dip their vegetables in the sauce to their liking.

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  1. This was delicious! Roasting the vegetables with the citrus juice is genius. I had to improvise a bit for the dressing, as we didn’t have Mexican crema or cotija; I substituted with some sour cream, heavy cream, and finely grated Parmesan. I guess it turned out ok because my husband raved about it and is looking forward to using the leftover bit for salads. My children (4 and 7) also loved it. What a nice twist on roasted veggies!

    Our family so enjoys your show. Our children are bilingual (English & Spanish), so they especially like watching the clips from your travels to Mexico. You exude such kindness and a genuine passion for what you do. It is infectious and so refreshing, especially during this trying time. Thank you!

    1. Thanks so very much for you very kind message Jennifer, so glad everyone in your family loved this recipe. BTW, your substitutions were perfect. Un abrazo para todos!

  2. Hello Pati, Being of Greek decent, I just love your wonderful recipes with all the citrus, I use OJ even in my French Toast.. This vegetable recipe is fantastic with the sauce.. Also, didn’t realize in the Mexican cuisine the cinnamon spice.. I love it, use it a lot also.. I’ll have to travel to Mexico, & keep watching your shows.. thnx for sharing it is beautiful, & a very hospitable country.. Hugs & blessings 🤗Pia

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words Pia and yes, when we are all ready to travel again, you should visit Mexico, you will feel like at home! BTW, your name means love right? 😉

  3. Hi Patti, I watch your show from Brisbane Australia, love it and you have opened my eyes to how fantastic your food is and how beautiful Mexico is. Thanks so much!

  4. Hi Pati. Your recipes are amazing. You make cooking Mexican food so easy and delicious. Many blessings. Thank you for the history you provide along with the recipe.

  5. Hi Pati, ur program is my favourite. I am fond of Mexico n its past civilization. I like dat u blend history, culture , geography n places like Oaxaca in ur cooking show.I see some people looks like us in India.Ur cooking is wonderful n easy to prepare like pancakes n mango cake.I like more of avocado recipes. Ur younger son juju is cool n helps around in ur cooking.Please show more of Mexico in different places during travels.Keep it up. Love n regards,
    Nancy dsouza,
    Mumbai, India.

    1. I’m excited to bring you more seasons, Nancy! Next up I’m off to Sinaloa. And thanks for tuning in from India!

  6. Love your show..Did you cook the juice that you poured over the vegetables before roasting them? I saw the episode,but can’t remember. Thanks!

  7. Well Pati: It seems people who were born with ADD never get over it even at 80! Made this lovely recipe but didn’t pay any attention to the part that explains how to cook it! I did it on BROIL! Bad news I ended up with completely burned broccoli! Oh well the wild critters in the neighborhood will eat them or they’ll just be absorbed by the earth! Did manage to make a lovely Broccoli, soup thickened with mashed potato and turnip! Was delicious! I’ll share the recipe with you in a separate email as I think you’ll like it!

  8. It’s amazing how your son wants to eat the broccoli right out of the pan! Your family has a wonderful relationship and I enjoy seeing your boys cook and eat with you. You are blessed.

  9. Hola Pati!
    I love recreating your beautiful dishes. I was wondering if this recipe would be good for asparagus or if you have a recommendation.
    Gracias, Jenny

  10. La receta está deliciosa. Odio el brocoli y casi me acabo uno entero. ¿Me sobró mucho aderezo? ¿Con qué más podrías quedar bien? Mil gracias y saludos desde México!!

  11. What was the episode called in which you made roasted cauliflower and broccoli with queso Cotija dressing? I missed part of it and wanted to see the fish recipe that was also featured. Love your show. Thank You

  12. The dressing for the cauliflower and broccoli, do you use actual vegetable oil? If so can I use olive oil? Heard a lot of bad things about vegetable oil. I’m surprised that you use it.
    I also wanted to tell you how much I love your show, your recipes, just your aura. You make me smile in your food is so alive and colorful. I dream of making these recipes one day in my own kitchen💖

  13. Hi Patti ,I can’t wait to make it for my boyfriend. He’s not a vegetarian like I am but I think he will enjoy it. Thank you so much

  14. Hi Pati,
    I always enjoy your shows in, Mexico country so much. I enjoy cooking your recipes also. Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. The citrus adds such a nice flavor and the dressing would be great on anything. It’s not too heavy but full of flavor. I will be making this again to share with family and friends.

  16. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My boys love this recipe even without the cojita! So healthy and so fresh!

  17. Hi Patty,

    I would love to make these this weekend. But i don’t think i’m going to find the sherry vinegar on time. Can i substitute it for a wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar?

  18. Saw you on PBS last night and this recipe sounded so awesome. What a smart way to slice the veggies so they are easy to turn. Always struggle with that, with roasted veggies. AND I never tried marinating them first – or adding that glorious-looking sauce!

  19. Pati,
    My husband and I love your show; the recipes are wonderful, and so is the vibe for each broadcast. We enjoy what we see of your family and friends, and the travel spots are full of warmth and excitement. I’m roasting cauliflower tonight, to go with Asian chicken thighs my husband is going to do on the grill and an Italian polenta dessert. Melting pot dinner! Thanks for everything.

  20. Pati,
    The sauce on these vegetables was divine! I used the red pepper flakes because that’s what I had on hand. They were actually exceptional on their own even without the dressing. Everybody loved these at dinner tonight. I had extra cotija dressing which I’m saving for some sort of stuffed baked potato creation as yet to be determined. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Hi Pati,

    You are a wonderful chef, I love all your episodes and recipes. Some of the ingredients are extremely hard to find in Canada. Can you tell me what substitute I can use for queso cotija and achiote paste please. Thanks!

    1. Hola Eve, for the queso cotija you can substitute parmesan cheese if necessary. For the achiote paste, I would recommend trying to find some online.

  22. Hi Pati,
    I love your show and these vegetables look delicious! Could you tell me what brand baking sheets you used? They looked to be a good size and really sturdy. I have a hodgepodge collection of pans and would like to get a matching set of nice ones. Thanks so much!