Roasted Cauliflower with Harissa Tahini Sauce is the kind of veggie side dish that can fit any occasion! It’s simple enough for a weeknight, but fancy enough for guests, or your holiday table. The cauliflower gets roasted in a super hot oven until it’s deeply golden brown. And while that’s cooking, easily whip up the spicy tahini sauce in food processor or blender! This vibrant, herb-filled sauce gets its kick from harissa – a warm, spicy, North African condiment filled with a blend of chiles, garlic, oil, and acid. It makes a great drizzle or dip, and pairs beautifully with the roasted cauliflower and a handful of fresh herbs and lemon wedges.

Ingredients:

For the cauliflower:

  • 1 medium-large head cauliflower, cut into medium florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper

For the harissa tahini:

  • ⅓ cup Soom Tahini
  • zest of ½ a lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste*
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ tbsp Soom Silan Date Syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ⅛ tsp smoked paprika (a pinch)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup ice-cold water

For serving:

  • coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • fresh mint leaves
  • lemon wedges

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place cauliflower florets on the baking sheet. Add the olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt, and a few turns of freshly cracked black pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 25 minutes, then toss, and roast for another 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the harissa tahini sauce. To a food processor, add the tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, harissa paste, dill, mint, flat-leaf parsley, honey, coriander, paprika, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Process for 10-15 seconds, then stream in the ice-cold water water until the sauce is smooth and comes together. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Serve the cauliflower with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, lemon wedges, and the harissa tahini sauce.

 

*Note: The spice level of different brands of harissa paste vary greatly. Our favorite variety to use is the Mina “Spicy” Harissa. The Trader Joe’s harissa paste is very spicy, so you might only need a tablespoon or less in this recipe. Overall, just be sure to taste your harissa before adding it, and use it to your taste preference. As written, the Mina “spicy” harissa is the perfect spice level here.

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