This versatile Cauliflower Shawarma recipe is easy to make and full of spicy flavor. Perfect for bowls or tucked into pita with zhoug and tahini sauce. Vegan & gluten-free.

roasted cauliflower shawarma served in bowl with lentils, tomato, cucumber, onion, and zhoug.

Cauliflower shawarma is a delicious vegetarian addition to your Middle Eastern feast! Roasting cauliflower with shawarma spices is heavenly! The flavors are clean and lively, with a gorgeous golden color, creating a beautiful presentation. Create savory cauliflower shawarma bowls with lentils, basmati rice, cucumbers, and tomatoes; or tuck into warm pita bread with veggies, zhoug, and tahini sauce for the perfect finish. This would also make a great side dish!

Why You’ll Love This

  1. Incredibly nutritious. Cauliflower is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals!
  2. So versatile. Serve in a pita, wrap, as a hearty bowl or a savory side dish!
  3. Warm, robust flavor! Seasoned with a fragrant homemade shawarma spice blend.

Cauliflower Shawarma Ingredients

ingredients for cauliflower shawarma- cauliflower head, onion, tomato, cucumber, tahini sauce, zhoug, shawarma spice blend.

How to Make Cauliflower Shawarma

Preheat oven to 425F.

Step 1: Prepare the shawarma spice blend. Whisk spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic powder, ginger, allspice, cayenne, salt, black pepper) together in a small bowl.

Step 2: Toss the cauliflower. Add cauliflower florets, olive oil, and spices to a large bowl and toss well.

Step 3: Roast. Transfer to a parchment-lined (or well-oiled) baking pan. A rimmed baking sheet makes it easy to gently toss halfway through baking. Roast for 25 minutes on the medium or bottom oven rack, or until golden brown on the edges and tender.

How to Make a Cauliflower Shawarma Wrap

  1. Warm up pita bread (or a tortilla) until pliable. Cut in half, and open the pockets.
  2. Spread with hummus or baba ganoush (optional).
  3. Add cauliflower shawarma and your choice of fillings; diced tomato and cucumber, onions or pickled onions, greens, or microgreens.
  4. Drizzle with tahini sauce and zhoug or make a zhoug yogurt (blend yogurt with zhoug).

How to Make a Cauliflower Shawarma Bowl

  • Place warm grains (rice, quinoa, millet, etc) and lentils (or chickpeas) in a bowl.
  • Add cauliflower shawarma and any additional veggies: diced cucumber, bell pepper, avocado, tomatoes, onions, etc. (or add roasted vegetables in colder months).
  • Drizzle with tahini sauce and zhoug (or zhoug yogurt), add a squeeze of lemon juice, and scatter parsley or fresh herbs.
cauliflower shawarma bowl with lentils, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, zhoug, and tahini sauce.

What to Serve with Cauliflower Shawarma

FAQs

What is shawarma?

Shawarma typically refers to a Middle Eastern street food dish that consists of chicken, beef, or lamb slow-roasted on a spit. It is served wrapped in pita with sauces and vegetables. This oven-roasted variation uses cauliflower instead!

How do I cut cauliflower into florets?

Start by trimming away the leaves, then cut the head into quarters. Cut the bulky stem from each quarter, then use your hands to break apart large florets. Some pieces may be good as is, or you may want to chop into smaller florets.

How long does Cauliflower Shawarma keep for?

The roasted cauliflower will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

cauliflower shawarma pita wraps with zhoug yogurt sauce.

This Cauliflower Shawarma recipe is so easy and delicious! Enjoy!

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Cauliflower Shawarma Recipe

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: vegetarian dinner, vegan dinner,
  • Method: roasted
  • Cuisine: Middle eastern
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Versatile Cauliflower Shawarma is easy to make and full of Middle Eastern flavor. Perfect for bowls or tucked into pita with zhoug and tahini sauce. Vegan and gluten-free.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large head cauliflower, 2 pounds cut into bite-size florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Shawarma Spice Blend

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (fresh garlic cloves can burn and make the cauliflower bitter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste

Wrap or Pita option: Pita bread, cucumber, red onion, tomato, or Isreali Salad, add Lebanese slaw  or greens like arugula, micro greens, or spinach.

Shawarma bowl option: cooked grain ( rice, quinoa, barley), simple braised lentils, fresh cucumber, tomatoes, red onion or more roasted veggies,or grilled vegetables. 

Serve with: Everyday Tahini Sauce, Zhoug, or Zhoug Yogurt,or Baba ganoush and fresh lemon.


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees.
  2. In a small bowl whisk spices together; cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic powder, ginger, allspice, cayenne, salt, and black pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil (add a little more olive oil if needed to coat well) and add shawarma spices, tossing well. 
  4. Place on a baking sheet pan in a single layer with parchment or well-oiled. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on the edges and tender.

To Assemble:

Shawarma Pita: Warm pita or for wraps, use a warm tortilla. Add roasted cauliflower, greens (Lebanese slaw is good here) and veggies, and drizzle tahini sauce and zhoug over the top, zhoug yogurt is really nice too! 

Shawarma Bowls: Layer with grain, lentils, shawarma cauliflower, veggies,  drizzle with tahini sauce and zhoug or zhoug yogurt, a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh parsley.


Notes

The roasted cauliflower will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup cauliflower shawarma
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 218.9 mg
  • Fat: 7.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.2 g
  • Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Comments

  1. The Shawarma spices are so fragrant and really spice up this dish. I made the quinoa with stock for flavor and it was a great meal! Good breakfast leftovers too!

  2. This was delicious with all the different flavours and textures, although my tahini sauce was a little bitter. I added a teaspoon of maple syrup to balance it out. This could have been due to my tahini paste.

  3. This was sooo good. I made the zhoug sauce and the tahini sauce ahead of time so it was pretty simple to pull together. This is definitely going in the weekly rotation!






  4. This had a lot of moving parts, but was delicious! I did make sauce, seasoning, and grain ahead to make it easier. Tahini sauce was awesome.

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