Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Queso Cotija dressing recipe

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Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

Brocoli y Coloflor Rostizadas con Aderezo de Cotija

Recipe Yield

5 to 6 servings

Cooking time

40 minutes

Rate this recipe

5 from 6 votes


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.


66comments inRoasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

  1. Anonymous

    Jan 29

    This recipe is my go to for Broccoli and/or Cauliflower. Super delicious. I had to substitute a few ingredients in the dressing and I added a 1/2 tsp. of Black Pepper to the Dressing.

    2/3 cup Sour Cream
    1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2 teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar

    Thank You so much Pati.
    Love your show: “Pati’s Mexican Table”

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 17

      Thanks so much for sharing and for tuning in 😉

  2. Jenny R

    Oct 05

    I love this side dish!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 05

      Yay, thanks Jenny!

  3. Meredith

    Feb 04

    Thank you!! I needed a side dish with my dinner and thought “Didn’t Pati have a good broccoli dish?” . I thought this while cooking your black bean recipe . You are awesome!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      And you are very kind Meredith, thank you!

  4. Jennifer

    Nov 18

    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. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      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!

  5. Agapia (Pia) Van Coutren

    Oct 09

    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. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      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? 😉

  6. Rissa

    Aug 19

    Excellent dish. That dressing is outrageously good! 🥰

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 23

      Glad you liked it Rissa 😉

  7. Kerry

    Jul 02

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 04

      Thanks to you for following Kerry! Hugs all the way to Brisbane 😉

  8. DARLENE Cherry-Shand

    Sep 15

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 16

      Thank YOU Darlene.

  9. Nancy Dsouza

    May 31

    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. Pati Jinich

      May 31

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

  10. Ruth Slenk

    Mar 03

    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!

    1. Pati

      Mar 06

      I don’t cook the juice before putting it over the veggies…have fun making and eating them, Ruth!

  11. Vona Marengo

    Oct 20

    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!

    1. Pati

      Oct 22

      Oh no, Vona! Well I hope you give them another try, and enjoy them.

  12. Teri

    Jul 28

    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.

    1. Pati

      Jul 29

      Aww thank you Teri….I’m beyond lucky.


    Jul 01

    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

    1. Pati

      Jul 02

      Go for it! Asparagus would be yum.

  14. María

    Apr 23

    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!!

    1. Pati

      Apr 24

      Jajaja! 🙂

  15. Charles

    Mar 31

    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

    1. Pati

      Apr 02

      Thank you for tuning in Charles! It’s season 5, episode 9: Isla Mujeres Inspired. And here’s the fish recipe:

  16. Kelli

    Mar 15

    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💖

    1. Pati

      Mar 16

      ​Thanks! Absolutely, use olive oil. ​

  17. Lauren and Janet

    Mar 15

    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

    1. Pati

      Mar 16

      Oh I hope he enjoys it too!

  18. Patti

    Dec 25

    Love this recipe! It will be on my Christmas table🎄❤️

    1. Pati

      Dec 26


  19. Krishna

    Oct 18

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

    1. Pati

      Oct 20

      Thank YOU Krishna!

  20. Rose

    Oct 15

    Watching this episode right now. It all looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Pati

      Oct 19


  21. Tamsen

    Aug 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.

    1. Pati

      Aug 16


  22. Telester Powell

    Aug 11

    Yes. Thank you.
    Love me some Pati cooking!

    1. Pati

      Aug 11

      Thank YOU Telester!

  23. Karen jenn

    Jul 17

    That was great! I can only say that we are full, which I hope is a nice compliment.

    1. Pati

      Jul 20

      Yes that is a fantastic compliment…thank you Karen!

  24. Kim

    Jul 01

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

    1. Pati

      Jul 03

      Kim, that is so great to hear…thank you for sharing!

  25. Jenny Alvarado

    Jun 27

    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?

    1. Pati

      Jul 06

      Absolutely! Enjoy Jenny!

  26. Lori in Michigan

    Jun 20

    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!

    1. Pati

      Jul 06

      Thank you Lori! Hope you like them.

  27. Mary

    May 28

    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.

    1. Pati

      Jun 01

      Sounds like a delicious around the world meal!

  28. Lisa

    May 09

    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!

    1. Pati

      May 11


  29. Mayra T.

    Apr 25

    Hola. Pati ya lo hize una vez y quedo espectacular gracias!!!

    1. Pati

      Apr 28


  30. Eve

    Mar 20

    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. Pati

      Mar 23

      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.

  31. David Chavez

    Mar 20

    You rock Pati! The show and recipes are AWESOME!
    Saludos de Miami!

    1. Pati

      Mar 23

      Gracias David!

  32. Dustin Johnson

    Feb 18

    I love your program on KERA Create! You are delightful and Genuine!

    1. Pati

      Feb 23

      Thank you so much Dustin!

  33. Kathy

    Feb 10

    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!

    1. Pati

      Feb 20

      Kathy, I’m so happy you love the show! ​I have so many from the many years of cooking… and have liked them all. ​

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