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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Dressing

This Roasted Cauliflower Salad with a hummus and tahini dressing is flavored with mint and orange and parsley. If you love lots of flavor, you will love this salad.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables. Salad is one of my favorite foods.

You know where this is going, right? Recently while scanning magazines, which it seems are piling up, I came across this fabulous take on a roasted cauliflower salad.

There isn’t much to say about it, because frankly my mouth is full-of cauliflower that is.

This is that good. It will have you taking bite after bite.

Even Manservant who leaves his salad until the end of the meal-and no, he is not French, sang its praises.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

This roasted cauliflower salad with tahini dressing has crunch. This salad has rich and herby undertones. This salad has flavor that rocks.

It is full of chickpeas for those who love hummus.

The orange zest that is only added as a garnish, is a necessary component, that has one looking for the bite with the orange flecks.

It is spicy, but not too spicy. Look. It is really so simple. This roasted cauliflower salad is meant to be devoured.

I made minor modifications to the original recipe which called for using all raw cauliflower.

Frankly, eating a salad of all raw cauliflower sounds like a lot of chewing to me.

So I roasted some of it and mixed it with the raw. The contrast in textures works!

And the flavor punch from the roasting is heavenly.

Even the little one wanted to get close. So close he licked the spoon. What a great helper, eh?

Geordie Skye terrier
Geordie Skye terrier
This spoon tastes pretty good.
Geordie Skye terrier
Why did she take that spoon away?

One other substitution was using za’atar for sumac. I love za’atar in this!

But if you love sumac by all means use it. It has such a nice lemony flavor.

I eliminated lettuce and tomatillo because I didn’t have any.

No reason to cry. It wasn’t missed. This roasted cauliflower salad tastes just fine, just fine indeed.

Let me know what you think.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Hummus tahini dressing


More Chickpea/Garbanzo  and Cauliflower Recipes:
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
Roasted Chickpeas with Za’atar
Moroccan Fish with Saffron Aioli and Chickpeas
Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Pine Nuts and Raisins
Cauliflower Chutney

Need some more cauliflower?

Check these out: Lea Ann at Cooking on the Ranch has a classic version with this cheesy creamy tangy microwave cauliflower. Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen has a Swiss cauliflower broccoli salad that sounds amazing, too.

Please Share the Cauliflower!

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Hummus tahini Dressing

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower Salad with Hummus and Tahini Dressing

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 40 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salads/Sidedish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Roasted Cauliflower Salad with a hummus and tahini dressing is flavored with mint and orange and parsley. If you love lots of flavor, you will love this salad.


Units Scale

1/4 c canned chickpeas/garbanzos rinsed and dried
1 T rice vinegar
1 crushed garlic clove
3 fresh lemon juice
2 T tahini
1/2 c fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/2 c fresh mint leaves
1 c olive oil
12 t za’atar
1/2 t Aleppo pepper flakes or chili flakes
Salt and pepper

1 medium head of cauliflower – 1/2 of it sliced like steaks and the other into florets
2 T olive oil
1/2 c canned chickpeas/garbanzos, rinsed and dried
1/2 fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/2 c fresh mint leaves
Kosher salt to taste
1/2 of an orange zested
Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400. Place 2 T olive oil in a shallow pan. Take cauliflower steaks and oil them on both sides. Sprinkle with salt. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Flip over and roast until other side is light golden.

Make dressing by combining chickpeas, vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, parsley and mint in blender or food processor. With motor running slowly drizzle in olive oil and blend until smooth. Dressing will be thick. Add the za’atar and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a good sized bowl, toss raw cauliflower florets, roasted cauliflower broken into smaller pieces, chickpeas, parsley and mint together with about 1/3 to half of dressing. Taste for salt. Transfer to a shallow serving bowl and garnish with freshly ground black pepper and orange zest. This salad does keep well overnight as long as you don’t use to much dressing! Enjoy!


Adapted from: Food and Wine, May 2015

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen

Monday 15th of June 2015

Cauliflower is a favorite of mine too! It's my favorite veggie on a crudites platter. I love that you roasted some of the cauliflower - I think I'd opt for roasting all of it, it sounds so good! Love that taste-tester ;)

Cheri Savory Spoon

Monday 15th of June 2015

Hi Abbe, oh I love roasted cauliflower and this salad is amazing, love Za' tar too! have a great week!

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 15th of June 2015

It was a good one Cheri. i just finished the rest of it today!

Sippity Sup

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Why did you take that spoon away? I guess you neededn't something to scarf that cauliflower with. I know I sure would. GREG

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 15th of June 2015

Works with fingers, too Greg! Or you could just stick your head in!


Sunday 14th of June 2015

Hearty salads like this are my FAVORITES! Even more so when cauliflower and hummus are involves. YUM.

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 15th of June 2015

Thanks Joanne! This really is a great salad!

Chris Scheuer

Saturday 13th of June 2015

It looks fantastic. I could definitely make a meal out of this!

Abbe Odenwalder

Monday 15th of June 2015

I did, Chris!