Garlic Roasted Broccoli with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Some of us can’t live without chocolate. Others can’t live without cookies. I can’t live without broccoli. I kid you not.

I’m no health nut. I love pizza and French fries just as much as the next guy, but I LOVE my broccoli. It honestly would be one of my desert island foods, and I love broccoli prepared in any way.

However over the last two years, I’ve really had to up my efficiency in the kitchen game, and my preparation of choice has been roasting broccoli.

Almost every week, I roast a huge batch of broccoli early in the week. It ends up on salads, as finger snacks, as pizza toppings or quesadilla or omelet fillings. Just a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper will do but three extra ingredients – balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and minced garlic – are all it takes to make your roasted broccoli extraordinary.

Best of all, this garlic balsamic vinaigrette is not only great for roasting vegetables. Use it to dress salads and as a sauce or a marinade for your proteins all week long.

Prepping Smarts

  • Chopping broccoli into similar-sized pieces helps them to roast evenly. Learn how to prep this veggie with this video:

How to Chop Broccoli

Watch this video to learn how to chop broccoli for a variety of tasty uses.

Equipment Smarts

  • Sheet pan – the only equipment you need to roast any kind of vegetable! Easy clean-up and the wide surface area allows the broccoli to caramelize and roast evenly.

More Smarts

  • Get more tips on how to roast vegetables with lots of flavor here. We cover the basics of this super easy cooking formula, plus we include some flavor profiles so that you won’t be limited to the same seasonings all the time.
  • If you’re looking for the perfect entree pairing to go with this tasty side dish, try one of these dishes:

Roasted Balsamic Garlic Broccoli

A quick balsamic vinaigrette is all it takes to make your roasted broccoli extraordinary. Make a batch early in the week and enjoy this healthy vegetable all week long.

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 25 min

Total time: 40 min

Serves: 4


  • Broccoli, chopped – 1½ lbs
  • Garlic, minced – 4 cloves
  • Balsamic vinegar – 1½ Tbsp
  • Brown sugar – 2 tsp
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp



  1. Broccoli / Garlic – Prep as directed.
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spread out onto a sheet pan and toss with vinaigrette and plenty of salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 25 minutes, giving the pan a shake midway through.

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  • Sandi

    One of our daughters is working in Japan. She will not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving. (USA). She is making several dishes for a Thanksgiving get together with friends over in Japan. She asked me for a Roasted Broccoli recipe. Your’s sounds great! ( think I will make it for my Thanksgiving dinner, too! :). Is there anyway I can email this recipe to her? I saw I can FB, tweet, or Pinterest it, but she not I do any of those. Can you help me? Thank you very much. I need to get it to her VERY SOON!! Thank you very much!!!

  • Jen

    Broccoli has never looked so good. Oh my goodness, so glad I came across your website 🙂

  • Jen

    Aaand I just made some as part of dinner. It is far tastier than I had expected, and I had expected a lot! This will definitely become a regular in my kitchen.

  • Jennifer

    Would I be able to substitute brown sugar for white, or just leave it out completely?

  • Yes, you could definitely do that!

  • Jen, so happy to hear that. We hope your 2014 is full of broccoli (it’s definitely my favorite vegetable!).

  • I love garlic roasted anything with a drizzle of balsamic! Because of your beautiful presentation, I shared your lovely post with my readers today. Thank you!

  • jeanelle

    Would this be as good if you used frozen broccoli? My freezer thawed and I have two pounds of broccoli to use in the next few days.

  • I’ve never tried it with frozen but I think it would work! Let us know how it goes, please!

  • please can you let me know the best way to store it once cooked and the best re-heat method? Please & Thank you

  • MaryEllen Luehs

    Are you roasting at 350?

  • MaryEllen Luehs

    Never mind!! LOL, just found the preheat at 400…

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