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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Need a dinner that's as simple as it gets? Try this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing



This lettuce-less salad is simple and nourishing. Pop the cauliflower/onion/chickpeas in the oven and whisk together the dressing and that's it - lunch or dinner is served! The fiber and protein-packed chickpeas make this as filling as it is delicious. You may only use about 1-1.5 cans worth of chickpeas for the salad but I used 2 cans to have some leftover to snack on. As they cool the chickpeas do lose their crunch and become more chewy (which I love, it's like two snacks in one). Switch up the spices or pack in the heat with cayenne on the chickpeas if you wish! The spices on chickpeas do tend to burn/get bitter if you put more than about 2 tsp on so if you want to add more than that, I recommend roasting them with just salt + pepper then tossing them in your spice mix while they're still warm after roasting so it sticks.


Ingredients


  • 1 head cauliflower

  • 1 small red onion (or half of a large red onion)

  • 2, 15 oz cans chickpeas

  • 1/4 C olive oil

  • 1/2-1 tsp salt

  • cracked black pepper

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp curry powder

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 2 handfuls fresh parsley


For the Lemon Tahini Dressing


  • 1/2 C tahini

  • 1/2 C water

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • dash of cayenne

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)


Directions


  1. preheat oven to 400F

  2. cut cauliflower into florets and red onion into slices about 1/4 inch thick, arrange on baking sheet in single layer

  3. drain and rinse chickpeas, lay out on kitchen towel to blot off moisture, arrange on second baking sheet in single layer

  4. drizzle 1/4 C (4 tbsp) of olive oil between the two baking sheets, salt and pepper to taste

  5. roast for 30-35 min, shaking/flipping everything with a spatula every 10 min or so

  6. while everything is roasting, whisk together tahini* dressing ingredients until combined

  7. top roasted veg and chickpeas with tahini dressing and fresh parsley

* if tahini is separated (hard on the bottom, oily on top), pour everything into blender, blend then pour back into jar



Enjoy!


Xx, Kara

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