Moroccan Cauliflower with Tahini-Honey is a 5 ingredient side dish with fiery flavor and a sweet sesame finish. Serve this plant-based side with your protein of choice for holiday entertaining or easy weeknight dinners.
Moroccan-Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini:
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I’m really excited about today’s recipe because it combines two of my favorite flavor weapons: harissa and tahini! Together, these two create a superior side with a beautiful balance of sweetness and spice. If you follow me on Instagram, be sure to check out today’s post to get the scoop on a fun giveaway, too!
The Best Tahini-Honey Recipe:
Incase you’re new around here, tahini is my favorite powerhouse seed butter capable of adding nutty depth to both sweet and savory recipes. In this sauce, tahini teams up with honey and lemon to create a bright, toasty, and seductively sweet sauce. The creaminess of tahini makes for the dreamiest drizzles, and this sauce is incredibly versatile. Beyond spooning it over roasted vegetables, it’s delicious over grains, baked fish, or hard cheeses.
In terms of brands, Soom is certainly my go-to for its smooth texture and rich, nutty flavor. In addition to their classic tahini, they also offer a chocolate variety that is heavenly drizzled over toast or stirred into oatmeal and lattes. To try any Soom products for 10% off, simply enter code ‘dishingouthealth’ at checkout!
How to Roast Cauliflower in the Oven:
For cauliflower that’s buttery and tender on the inside with quintessential crisp on the outside, roasting is the way to go. Not only does roasting create perfectly caramelized florets, it also brings out cauliflower’s inherent nutty flavor. However, they are a couple tricks to maximize this blank-canvas veggie’s goodness and versatility.
First, avoid overcrowding the pan, which will encourage steaming over browning. Second, crank the oven up to 425°F, which will tenderize the veggies while also creating those yummy charred bits. Roasting cauliflower should take about 40 minutes total. If you pull it out too early, you’ll be missing out on its full flavor potential, so patience is key!
What to Serve with Roasted Cauliflower:
The beauty of this side is that it can serve as a plant-based entree or side dish. If serving as a side, here are some of my favorite pairings:
- Baked white fish, such as halibut, grouper, or cod.
- Roasted chicken or crispy seared chicken thighs.
- Crispy cubes of tofu or baked tempeh.
- Black lentils with a swoosh of hummus.
Since the flavors are a fun departure from the norm, it would be a vibrant addition to any holiday spread, too. And don’t worry, the spice of the harissa is tempered by the tahini-honey, so both adults and kids can enjoy it.
For garnish, scatter some fresh parsley leaves overtop for a pop of color and freshness.As always, if you give this recipe a try, be sure to tag #dishingoutheath so I can see your beautiful creations!
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Moroccan Cauliflower with Tahini-Honey
- 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
- 4 Tbsp. mild harissa paste, divided
- 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and sliced into florets
- 2 Tbsp. tahini (such as Soom)
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh parsley for garnish, if desired
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- In a large bowl, combine 2 Tbsp. of the oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 2 Tbsp. harissa; mix well. Add cauliflower and toss to evenly coat. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until tender. Remove from oven and toss with remaining 2 Tbsp. harissa; bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until caramelized and charred in some spots.
- Meanwhile, prepare Tahini-Honey by combining remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, tahini, honey, lemon juice, and black pepper; stir with a whisk. Whisk in 1 Tbsp. water to thin out to desired consistency.
- Transfer baked cauliflower to a bowl or serving platter. Drizzle with tahini-honey, and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired