Roasted cauliflower and tahini come together in a delicious Middle Eastern-style spicy dip! A great wholesome appetizer; or serve it warm as a side dish of mashed roasted cauliflower! Be sure to scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial.

Roasted Cauliflower Tahini Dip garnished with chunks of roasted cauliflower and olive oil drizzle. Ready to be served.

The best cauliflower head to buy--my dad taught me-- is one without bruises. It must be heavy for its size, and has a nice cream color all around.

Farmer's market excursions with my dad typically included a quick lesson or two on selecting quality produce. For that, I'm grateful. Dad and I typically filled up our grocery basket with fresh herbs and our frequently consumed produce like tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and cauliflower.

Come to think of it, my grocery basket hasn't changed much since.

On my last shopping trip, for example, I bought, not one but two cauliflower heads. And as I made the purchase, my mind was focused on roasted cauliflower. By the time I arrived home, the idea had developed into this recipe for roasted cauliflower tahini dip.

Cauliflower tahini dip served with pita chips

Tahini is basically a paste made from ground sesame seeds; mild but rich which is what makes it a great candidate for dips like hummus. You have seen tahini sauce here on the blog also as an accompaniment to grilled chicken kabobs or my previous kofta recipe.

Today's recipe capitalizes on the creamy qualities of the cauliflower and tahini both. The flavoring in this roasted cauliflower tahini dip comes from the bitter, peppery turmeric (which has many health benefits, by the way); deep smoked paprika; spicy cayenne and other Middle Eastern spices. But honestly, the whole point of the dish remains in roasting the cauliflower until tender and caramelized until that subtle sweetness comes through.

This is one of my favorite roasted cauliflower recipes! Enjoy

Here is the recipe for roasted cauliflower tahini dip, be sure to scroll down for the step-by-step tutorial and similar appetizers!

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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Tahini Dip with Turmeric and Smoked Paprika


Description

A Middle Eastern-style spicy dip with roasted cauliflower and tahini. Packs flavor from garlic, lime juice and warm spices.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 heads cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt, more for later
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • ½ cup olive oil, more if needed
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ⅓ cup plain yogurt
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp tahini paste
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place the cauliflower florets on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix the spices. Toss the cauliflower with the spices and the olive oil until well-coated. If needed, add more olive oil, and toss again.
  3. Be sure to spread the cauliflower florets on the baking sheet in one layer. Roast in the 450 degrees F heated oven for 45 minutes; turn the florets over midway through roasting. When the cauliflower is tender and nicely browned in some parts, remove from the oven and let cool briefly.
  4. Place about ⅔ of the roasted cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor (you will use the rest later). Add the garlic, yogurt, lime juice, tahini paste and a pinch more seasoned salt. Blend until smooth. Test and season accordingly. If the dip is too thick, add very little water and blend again until you achieve desired consistency.
  5. Transfer the roasted cauliflower tahini dip into a serving bowl and drizzle a generous amount of olive oil. Top with the remaining roasted cauliflower and the fresh parsley.
  6. Cover and refrigerate the dip. Remove from the fridge about 10 minutes or so before serving. Serve with pita bread or chips.

Notes

  • Recommended for this Recipe: Our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives!)
  • Visit our store to browse our spices, olive oils and bundles!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

Keywords: Spicy cauliflower dip, cauliflower, Roasted Cauliflower Tahini Dip, Cauliflower tahini, roasted cauliflower

Here is the step-by-step tutorial for this roasted cauliflower tahini dip:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the cauliflower florets on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix the spices. Toss the cauliflower with the spices and the olive oil until well-coated. If needed, add more olive oil, and toss again. Be sure to spread the cauliflower on the baking sheet in one layer. Roast in the 450 degrees F heated oven for 45 minutes; turn the florets over midway through roasting. When the cauliflower is tender and nicely browned in some parts, remove from the from the oven and let cool briefly.

Pan of oven roasted cauliflower
Place about ⅔ of the roasted cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor (you will use the rest later). Add the garlic, yogurt, lime juice, tahini paste and a pinch more seasoned salt. Blend until smooth.

Test and season accordingly. If the dip is too thick, add very little water and blend again until you achieve desired consistency (I like this dip more chunky)

Roasted Cauliflower in a food processor along with garlic, yogurt, lime juice, tahini paste and a pinch of seasoned salt

Roasted Cauliflower and added spices in a food processor blended together,

Transfer the roasted cauliflower tahini dip into a serving bowl and drizzle a generous amount of olive oil on top. Add with the remaining roasted cauliflower and the fresh parsley.

Cover and refrigerate the dip. Remove from the fridge about 10 minutes or so before serving. Serve with pita bread or chips.

Roasted Cauliflower Tahini Dip garnished with additional roasted cauliflower and olive oil drizzle

Similar dips and appetizers you may like: 

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 

Baba Ganoush

Feta Cheese Dip

This recipe is part of Food Network's sensational sides series. See other sensational sides by participating bloggers below:

The Lemon Bowl: Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Creative Culinary: Roasted Carrot and Leek Mash
Devour: 6 Twists on Mashed Potatoes That'll Have You Dancing in the Kitchen
The Mom 100: Mashed Yukon and Sweet Potatoes with Sauteed Leeks
Swing Eats: Mashed Turnips with Celery Root
Taste with the Eyes: Fun Little Baked Potato Shooters
FN Dish: 6 Recipes That Prove Smashed Is the New Mashed

 

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Roasted Cauliflower Tahini Dip | The Mediterranean Dish. A spicy Middle Eastern style dip with roasted cauliflowers, tahini paste, garlic and warm spices like turmeric and smoked paprika. A must try appetizer! See the step-by-step tutorial on The Mediterranean Dish.

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Comments

  1. I had a friend coming over for dinner so I made this dip to have with drinks. It’s truly scrummy.

  2. What a great recipe! I wanted to make it vegan,so I substituted the yogurt with lemon juice and it turned out DELICIOUS!

  3. I love this dip and would like to make it for a New Year's Eve party. How far in advance can it be prepared?

    1. So wonderful to hear this, Dawn! thank you for kindly sharing with me. Hope you find more recipes to try.