Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea, Tahini salad

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Main Courses | Mar, 30 2020

Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea, Tahini salad

Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Tahini Salad

This is easy to make and a nutrient-dense dish.  Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family providing great amounts of Vitamin C and other antioxidants; like beta-carotene. Cauliflower is well known for its phytonutrient, glucosinolates; which are sulfur-containing compounds. Glucosinolates have been well studied and are known to support the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, inflammatory, and detoxification systems.

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are high in protein, fiber, and essential amino acids. In addition, they are also a good source of magnesium, vitamin B6, zinc and iron.  When using chickpeas or any bean/legume, I always recommend soaking them for at least 12 hours before cooking. This will improve their digestibility and increase nutrient absorption.  Bon Appétit!


For Cauliflower:

1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets

1/2 red onion, sliced

2 tbsp grapeseed oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped

Lemon Tahini Dressing:

1/3 cup tahini

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp salt

Spiced Chickpeas:

15oz chickpeas (you can soak your own or buy an organic, BPA free can)

1 tbsp of grapeseed oil

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp cayenne 

Salt and pepper to taste


1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.) Put cauliflower and red onion in a bowl with grapeseed oil, salt, and pepper. Mix until well covered

3.) Put cauliflower and red onion mixture on a casserole dish or parchment paper-covered baking dish. Bake in the oven for 34-40 minutes, stirring halfway through

4.) While cauliflower roasts make the tahini dressing by combining all of the ingredients into a blender and blending until smooth

5.) Mix chickpeas, oil, and seasoning in a skillet. Cook on medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until starting to turn crispy

6.) Combine the roasted cauliflower and onions with the chickpeas and cover with tahini dressing and parsley and enjoy!




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