Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini + Preserved Lemon Dressing

November 15, 2012
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This has both style and substance. The simple but inventive dressing, a combination of tahini and the often-neglected juice from a jar of preserved lemons, adds an unexpected twist to plain old roasted cauliflower. The pomegranate seeds and torn cilantro also help to give this vegan dish a fresh, flavorful edge. Note that the dressing works just as well on other vegetables like roasted eggplant or squash, even sliced tomatoes. —Weird & Ravenous

What You'll Need
  • 1 head of cauliflower broken into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/3 cup liquid from jar of preserved lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • Small handful torn cilantro leaves
  1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet, drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle with a healthy pinch of salt. Use your hands to toss everything together.
  3. Roast, stirring now and then, until the cauliflower is softened and browned in places, about 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the tahini and liquid from the preserved lemons and season the dressing to taste with salt.
  5. Transfer the roasted cauliflower to a platter and evenly drizzle over the dressing. Scatter the pomegranate seeds and cilantro on top and serve immediately or at room temperature.
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7 Reviews

Carla S. February 24, 2018
This was yummy, but I had to doctor the tahini dressing. It was superdeedupery salty. I think it was the liquid from the preserved lemons. Or did I drop the ball some other way, maybe?
T-Bone6 May 27, 2017
what if you have no preserved lemons? what would work?
CVGHO November 25, 2012
This looks incredible! Love the contrast of colors and flavors. Want to build a whole meal around it. Thanks!!!
S. B. November 18, 2012
Totally delicious. A little less ravenous and a little bit more weird feeling when you eat most of it by yourself, but NO REGRETS.
Weird &. November 19, 2012
Zero! Eating alone can be heaven. So glad you enjoyed!
bgavin November 16, 2012
Love the pomegranate seeds - what a great complement to the cauliflower. There is a video on removing seeds more easily, just Google "seeding a pomegranate"
Weird &. November 16, 2012
Oh we will have to check that out!