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Tahini Roasted Cauliflower

Tahini Roasted Cauliflower

Upgrade roasted cauliflower with a crispy parmesan-like coating.  Easy enough for weeknights, this amazing tahini crusted cauliflower is sure to be your new favorite veggie side. 

Plus, this easy cauliflower recipe gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan, keto friendly, and Whole30 compatible!

Bowl filled with roasted cauliflower coated in tahini sauce

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini Sauce

Seriously, this is the best healthy cauliflower recipe!  The simple 4-ingredient tahini lemon sauce adds a cheesy flavor to oven roasted cauliflower.

Lemon tahini sauce for roasted cauliflower

Why this cauliflower recipe is a healthy choice:

Easy Cauliflower Side-Dish

It takes less than a minute to whip up the lemon tahini sauce that elevates this roasted cauliflower.

First, toss your cleaned cauliflower florets in avocado oil and roast.

Cauliflower florets on baking sheet ready to roast

While the cauliflower is roasting, whisk together the lemon tahini sauce.  Pour the tahini sauce over the roasted cauliflower florets and toss to coat fully.

Roasted cauliflower florets with tahini sauce

Return the sauce covered cauliflower to the oven for a few minutes to toast the tahini so it can take on a parmesan-like taste and texture.

Close-up picture of tahini roasted cauliflower floret

Finally, season the roasted cauliflower with finely ground sea salt to taste and serve immediately.

Tips & Tricks for Tahini Roasted Cauliflower

  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup
  • Cauliflower florets can be cleaned (but not washed) up to 48 hours in advance of cooking
  • It is okay to use frozen cauliflower in place of fresh.  However, while using frozen cauliflower saves time on cleaning, it does not shorten the roasting time!  (Have you ever wondered if frozen veggies are as healthy as fresh?  Check out this post comparing vitamin content in fresh and frozen veggies!)

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce

Tahini Roasted Cauliflower

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Delicious Tahini Roasted Cauliflower with a crispy parmesan-like coating.  Plus, this easy cauliflower recipe gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan, keto, and Whole30 compatible!


  • 2 lbs Cauliflower Florets, (about 1 large head cauliflower)
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Sea Salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F on the convection bake setting. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drizzle cauliflower florets with 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Toss until combined
  2. Roast until the cauliflower is brown and crispy, about 20 minutes, stir once to ensure even browning
  3. While cauliflower is roasting, whisk together lemon juice, remaining avocado oil, and tahini
  4. Coat the roasted cauliflower in the lemon tahini sauce.  Return cauliflower to oven and roast for 5 minutes to toast the tahini sauce
  5. Season roasted cauliflower with sea salt to taste.  Serve immediately
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix

Other Paleo and Whole30 compatible roasted veggie recipes:

Whole30 sage pistachio brussels sprouts recipe
whole 30 compatible harissa green beans recipe pin

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Lemon tahini roasted cauliflower

Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica

Sunday 1st of December 2019

I love roasting cauliflower and this is up there with my favourite versions.. I make this often! It's always a hit!


Sunday 5th of May 2019

How did it take us so long to realize how versatile cauliflower is! haha Love this easy and healthy side dish idea!


Sunday 5th of May 2019

Love how simple it is to make healthy meal so scrumptious!


Friday 3rd of May 2019

What a gorgeous sounding side dish! I'm a big fan of tahini so loving this as a tasty way to enjoy it over some veggies.


Monday 6th of May 2019

Thanks Hope! The tahini sauce is also delicious on green beans and broccoli! I hope you enjoy it!


Friday 3rd of May 2019

I can't say no to tahini! This is a perfect way to jazz up cauliflower.


Friday 3rd of May 2019

Thanks Stacey! This tahini roasted cauliflower is definitely jazzed up. I hope you enjoy it!

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