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Roasted Tahini Cauliflower served on blue plate

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Dressing

A cauliflower dish full of sweet, salty, and rich flavors to satisfy all! Raisins and cashews pair well with the roasted florets when dressed in a simple Tahini dressing and garnished with fresh mint.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 4


  • Air fryer (preferred method)
  • Baking sheet (if using oven method)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Knife & cutting board
  • Small blender or sealable jar
  • Cooking spatula and/or mixing spoon


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup roasted, unsalted cashew pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp raisins
  • 6 leaves fresh mint, roughly torn in half

Tahini Dressing

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • ½ tsp ground cumin (optional)


  • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soap and water.
  • Oven method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cut cauliflower into bite-size florets, about 2-inches in thickness, and place in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with dried dill, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Air fryer method: Transfer cauliflower into air fryer. Set temperature to 375 degrees F and time for 10 minutes. Check florets after 5 minutes. Toss around and continue to cook additional 2-3 minutes, or until cauliflower edges start to brown and centers are soft.
  • Oven method: Arrange cauliflower florets in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until cauliflower edges start to brown and centers are soft.
  • While cauliflower is cooking, prepare Tahini Dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small blender and process until smooth. Alternatively, place all dressing ingredients, except for water, in a small sealable jar (such as a mason jar); seal and shake vigorously until dressing is smooth. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time to help thin the dressing until desired consistency. Adjust seasonings as needed. Add more maple syrup (or honey) for more sweetness; more garlic for more of a kick; more salt and cumin for saltiness. (If dressing ingredients were refrigerated, carefully warm prepared dressing in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave or in a small saucepan on low until desired serving temperature.)
  • Transfer cooked cauliflower to a large mixing bowl. Add cashew pieces, raisins, and mint leaves. Pour Tahini Dressing over all ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
  • Serve warm on choice of serving plate as an appetizer or a side dish.
  • Allow leftovers to completely cool before storing in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.



*Tahini Dressing: Double the batch so you have extra for salads and other dishes the rest of the week.
*Change up the ingredients based on what you have at home. Use pistachio hearts, slivered almonds, or sunflower seeds instead of cashews. Use chopped dates or even dried mango instead of raisins. Fresh dill? Try that, too!
Keyword Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Healthy side, Plant-based, Vegan, vegetarian