Whole Grilled Cauliflower with Herby Whipped Ricotta

Get ready to grill up something deliciously unexpected with this Whole Grilled Cauliflower with Herby Whipped Ricotta! Perfect for those who love to get creative with their veggies, this dish is a showstopper that’ll have your taste buds begging for more. Topped with herby whipped ricotta, it’s a flavor explosion you won’t forget!

April 26, 2023
Whole Grilled Cauliflower Herby Whipped Ricotta

Whole Grilled Cauliflower with Herby Whipped Ricotta

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    30 min
  • Total Time
    40 min
  • Servings
  • Difficulty


  • 1 whole head of cauliflower- leaves trimmed off
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk ricotta
  • 6 sprigs thyme removed from the stem
  • ½ cup basil
  • 1 lemon zested
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Honey to drizzle


  1. Preheat grill to 400° F.
  2. Prepare your cauliflower by trimming the stems being careful to keep the entire head intact. Drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil and liberally season with salt and pepper. *You can place the cauliflower in a grill basket to keep it from tipping over but I find it is just fine directly on the grill.
  3. Place cauliflower on the grill and allow to grill and turn slightly brown for the next 20-25 minutes. I usually keep the grill closed and check on it every 7-8 minutes. If certain sides of the cauliflower are browning too much simply turn it.
  4. While the cauliflower is grilling, prepare your whipped ricotta by placing the ricotta in a food processor with the lemon zest and a liberal amount of salt. Allow to whip up until nice and fluffy.
  5. Finely chop your basil and thyme and fold that into the ricotta mixture or pulse a few times with the food processor. Taste mixture for salt. Ricotta can be very bland if not seasoned properly. You may have to add more salt.
  6. To serve, place whipped ricotta on the bottom of a dish and top with whole grilled cauliflower. I cut bite sized chunks of the cauliflower off so everyone can dig in. Garnish with extra lemon zest, basil, thyme, and red pepper flake. I also like to give it a light drizzle of honey.

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