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Tahini Roasted Cauliflower

2012 May 20
by admin

You know those magazine subscriptions that you get for a good deal and that hold onto your credit card number so that the subscription can be easily renewed the next year (at, unfortunately, a higher rate)?


Yeah, not me.  I don’t hate it one darn bit.  My mom, on the other hand, who got weaseled into accidentally buying me another year’s worth of Vegetarian Times might have a different opinion.

I hoard the magazines when they come in the mail for rainy days where I’m stuck on my treadmill rather than running outside.  I savor reading each and every recipe so that time on the dreadmill flies by quickly.

Cauliflower is a vegetable that my husband and I both love, however, he likes it raw and I love it cooked.  I seriously try to cut it up in secret so that he doesn’t steal florets off the chopping block before I get a chance to cook ‘em up.


This recipe from Vegetarian Times, though, might change that preference.  I love that it uses tahini – an ingredient that comes in such large packages and I very rarely use!
Roasted Tahini Cauliflower (adapted from Vegetarian Times)


1 head cauliflower, cleaned and chopped into florets
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup warm water
olive oil cooking spray
lemon wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×13″ roasting dish with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk together tahini, warm water, cumin, and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cauliflower with tahini dressing. Coat thoroughly.
  5. Pour cauliflower mixture into roasting tray and roast for 25 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork.
  6. Squeeze lemon wedges over top and serve warm.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

  • Cate

    I am so impressed you can read on the treadmill!

  • Hillary Miller

    Hey there!

    What a very
    beautiful delicious healthy food up there! :O

    I can’t believe you
    can make the healthy version of something roasted!

    If you don’t mind,
    could you post this Tahini Roasted Cauliflower photos on a food photography website called to make others live in a healthier
    way? :)

    Thank you.

  • Hezzi-D

    Yum!  I love roasted cauliflower and have been looking for a different flavor-this looks really good.

  • Vicky

    I absolutely looove roasted cauliflower and I make it all the time – have never tried it with tahini though! 

  • Cara

    I’m obsessed with cauliflower! Eat it every day raw in my salads, but I love it cooked too. And it works so well with tahini, I love that it is actually roasted IN the tahini here !

  • maeghan

    Now this makes me want to eat cauliflower!

  • Kate

    I’m a magazine hoarder too – I have a giant pile waiting to be read.

  • Mary Ellen Smith

    I love roasting cauliflower – this sounds great!

  • Katie Jasiewicz

    Yum! I would never have thought to mix cauliflower with tahini! 

  • janet @ the taste space

    Sometimes I feel like I will never finish my bottle of tahini and then I start using it on everything and I am sad I´ve run out.. and rush out to get another one! I have a few tahini-based dressings I have been meaning to share- thanks for the reminder!

  • Hbatchelder

    Please let this be in my future. Right up my as-few-ingredients-as-possible, veggie-friendly alley! Win!

  • Teri

    I make this almost weekly now as my 2 year old loves it and always asks for more (!). Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jenny

    I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing. I’ve used it so many times since I came across it awhile ago, so I thought I’d finally comment to share my joy. Love it.