This roasted cauliflower salad is bursting with flavors! A combination of fragrant middle-eastern spices with tangy tahini lemon dressing and crispy nuts and seeds. A nutritious salad to enjoy for a light lunch or to share with friends on a picnic or barbecue.
If you have been following this blog for a while you know I am French and obsessed with middle eastern flavors. I grew up eating lots of Mediterranean recipes including Moroccan recipes.
I simply can’t get enough of roasted cauliflower with spices. It is too good either in a salad or on its own as a side dish.
How to cut cauliflower florets for roasted cauliflower salad ?
First, remove the cauliflower stem, this will naturally loosen the large florets from the cauliflower head. Then, break down the large florets into smaller pieces using the tip of a sharp knife. Finally, resize all your florets to a roughly same size – think bite-sized piece. This will ensure that all th florets roast at the same speed.
How to serve your roasted cauliflower salad?
You can serve this fragrant salad with lukewarm or cold roasted cauliflower. If you prepare this salad ahead to bring to a party, it is better to serve it cold. Roast the cauliflower the day before, store in the fridge and assemble the salad before serving. Always add the dressing at the last minute !
How to store your salad?
We all know that baby spinach leaves wilted fast after it has been blended with dressing. That is why it is better to enjoy the salad within 12 hours after all the ingredients, dressing included, has been combined.
My tips to store this salad for up to 3 days in the fridge is to combine all the ingredients together except the baby spinach leaves! You can always carry the baby spinach leaves in a separate container and add them at the last minute along with the rest of the salad. Drizzle some extra lemon juice to serve and enjoy!
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Watch the recipe video to learn how to make your roasted cauliflower salad !
Your friend, Carine
Roasted Cauliflower salad
Tahini Lemon Dressing
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water to thin the sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
For the salad
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds or sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley , chopped
- 8 cherry tomatoes halves
- Preheat oven to 200C (400F).
- Cut the cauliflower head into small florets.
- Place the cauliflower florets on a large baking sheets. Drizzle olive oil and season with cumin, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Toss all the ingredients together to cover the florets evenly with the oil and spices.
- Roast for 15 minutes in the center of the oven. After 15 minutes, open the oven and stir the florets with a oven-proof spatula.
- Return in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower florets are tender and browned on the outside.
- Remove from the oven and cool down for 10-15 minutes before assembling with the rest of ingredients. If the florets are too hot they may wilted the spinach leaves. You can serve the salad with lukewarm or cold roasted cauliflower both taste amazing.
- Meanwhile, prepare the Tahini lemon dressing.
Tahini lemon dressing
- In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the following ingredients: tahini, lemon juice, water, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. If the dressing is too thick to your liking, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time until it reach your favorite dressing consistency.
Serve the salad
- In a large salad bowl or platter, add the baby spinach leaves, lukewarm or cold roasted cauliflower, halves cherry tomatoes, roasted sliced almonds and sunflower seeds.
- Immediately drizzle the tahini lemon dressing over the salad.
- Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and toss a few times to combine the flavors.
- Serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges.
- Store the salad in the fridge up to 3 days in an airtight container or on a salad bowl sealed with silicon lid.
- Dressing can be made 24 hours before and store in a glass mason jar in the fridge. It will thicken in the fridge so you may need to whisk in an extra splash of water to thin the dressing before serving
- You can roast the cauliflower the day before, store in the fridge and serve it cold or rewarm in a saucepan for few minutes before assembling the salad.
- Always assemble the salad just before serving, especially if you serve the cauliflower lukewarm, this will avoid the baby spinach to wilted