Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar and Tahini Sauce– a healthy vegan side dish bursting with  Middle Eastern flavors! Easy and delicious! This low-carb recipe Keto friendly! Video.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce- a healthy vegan side dish bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Easy and delicious! #roastedcauliflower #cauliflower #veganside #tahinisauce #zaatar #tahinicauliflower

In this easy recipe, Whole Roasted Cauliflower is seasoned with Zaatar Spice then roasted in the oven until tender and golden. When it comes out, it is fragrant and beautiful golden with a delicious crust. Drizzle it with creamy Tahini Sauce  for a  healthy, delicious vegan meal (or side dish) you will fall in love with! 

Whole Roasted Cauliflower | 60-sec video

How to make Whole Roasted Cauliflower:

Step 1: Remove the leaves of the cauliflower, revealing the stem. Trim the stem of the cauliflower so it is level- and keep it upright for added drama, or simply slice it off for easier roasting.

how to Roasted Cauliflower whole with Zaatar

Step 2: Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with zaatar and salt and pepper. Zaatar spice can either be made at home or purchased. 

 

Step 3: After seasoning the cauliflower, pour a cup of water in the pan and cover tightly with foil.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce- a healthy vegan side dish bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Easy and delicious! #roastedcauliflower #cauliflower #veganside #tahinisauce #zaatar #tahinicauliflower

Step 4: Roast in a 425F oven for 35-55 minutes, depending on the size. Either cover with foil or use a dutch oven.

Note: You can also cut the cauliflower into steaks or break into florets….but if wanting to try something different and fun, roast the cauliflower whole in the oven, allowing the crust to get a little crispy and golden.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce- a healthy vegan side dish bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Easy and delicious! #roastedcauliflower #cauliflower #veganside #tahinisauce #zaatar #tahinicauliflower

Step 5: Remove the foil or lid then continue to bake another half hour until deliciously golden and crispy.

While the cauliflower is roasting make the creamy tahini sauce.
  Oil-free Tahini Sauce
You could also try this Green Tahini Sauce for more drama!
Flavorful Green Tahini Sauce made with tahini paste, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon and a few slices of green chilies. Perfect vegan condiment to serve with falafels, pita bread, shawarma, mezze platters! #tahinisauce #tahini #vegan

Top with fresh herbs like parsley and/or dill.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce- a healthy vegan side dish bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Easy and delicious! #roastedcauliflower #cauliflower #veganside #tahinisauce #zaatar #tahinicauliflower

Drizzle the tahini sauce over the whole thing or over individual portions.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce- a healthy vegan side dish bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Easy and delicious! #roastedcauliflower #cauliflower #veganside #tahinisauce #zaatar #tahinicauliflower
My husband and I can easily share one of these as a tasty vegan meal or divide it into 4-6 smaller portions for a yummy side dish.
Welcome to heaven.
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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce- a healthy vegan side dish bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Easy and delicious! #roastedcauliflower #cauliflower #veganside #tahinisauce #zaatar #tahinicauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: side dish, vegan side dish
  • Method: roasted
  • Cuisine: middle eastern
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Zaatar Spice and Tahini Sauce– a healthy vegan side dish bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Easy and delicious! Allow 90 minutes roasting time!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 whole cauliflower (large is best!)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon zaatar spice ( or try dukkah!) ( or try a mix of coriander, cumin and optional sumac)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Batch TAHINI SAUCE ( go to the recipe)
  • Garnish with fresh herbs – parsley, dill and or mint, sprinkle with optional aleppo chili flakes, drizzle with this optional Tahini sauce!

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425F.

Trim the cauliflower – either cutting off the stem (easier) or leaving it intact, trimming and slicing the bottom  so it stands up straight.

Place it in an ovenproof skillet or dutch oven. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil all over the cauliflower, sprinkle with salt and Zaatar spice.  Pour one cup of water into the bottom of the pan. 

Cover tightly with the lid or foil and bake for 35-60 minutes– or until just tender when pierced with a knife. Smaller cauliflower heads may only take 35 minutes, larger ones can take up to 60.

Very carefully take the lid or foil off, minding the hot steam (it will burn!). Drizzle with a little more olive oil, place back in the oven for 30 minutes, perhaps rotating halfway through. At this point it should be deeply golden, but if not, continue roasting until it is… please no pale cauliflowers here!!!

Make this Tahini Sauce!

Remove from the oven and sprinkle more zaatar if you like, fresh herbs, optional aleppo chili flakes,  and either drizzle the tahini sauce over the whole thing right in the pan, or cut it up, like a cake, into wedges and serve the tahini sauce on the side.

Enjoy!


Notes

If purchasing Zaatar, make your own, or consider this Seattle brand– our favorite!

 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ¼ of a cauliflower with no tahini sauce
  • Calories: 127
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 366.7 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.8 g
  • Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I was looking to recreate what I had at a restaurant last week but unfortunately, this didn’t hold up. The seasoning was great and the color was beautiful! However, 1 cup of water in the Dutch oven steamed it to overdone. I was hoping it would crisp up at the second browning but there was just too much moisture.

    I put it in my ricer and made a delicious mashed cauliflower but I was hoping for more of a “meaty” main course.

    1. Sorry Dani, sounds like it steamed too long. Was it a very small cauliflower? I will note the recipe.

  2. I’ve made this several times and it is so delicious (and easy). This time I used purple cauliflower, and for some reason it tasted even better than the white cauliflower. I kept it vegan by making your tahini sauce and adding tamari and some vegan Greek yogurt to it. I also put some fresh dill on everything. Yummy!

  3. Unfortunately my cauliflower came out very soggy. I cooked it in a Dutch oven. I think putting in a cup of water and cooking it covered ends up steaming the cauliflower rather than roasting it. So while the texture was disappointing, the sauce was very delicious.

    1. Oh shoot Danielle- did you see the part about removing the lid and baking uncovered for last 30 minutes? It will give it a nice crust.

  4. Hi Sylvia
    I have been looking for a good Cauliflower recipe for
    A while now and yours is the best. Absolutely perfect
    A big hit with my wife . Thank you so much for sharing your
    Recipe. I look forward to trying more and more of them.