Last night I went to the new True Food Kitchen in Bethesda, MD and it was so good – I had the Charred Cauliflower for an app, which had a harissa tahini sauce with dill, mint, pistachios, and dates. The flavors were UNREAL and I knew I needed to try to make my own version!

I didn’t have pistachios or harissa peppers/sauce, so I subbed in red pepper flakes and sliced almonds instead which worked out just fine.

I also took the easy way out and used the Tahini Sauce from Trader Joes instead of making my own. The only ingredients are tahini (ground sesame seeds), lemon, salt, pepper, and citric acid- so all you Whole30’ers are good to go with this one!


Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

This is a delicious vegan side dish or app that has a a great mix of flavors - sweet, spicy, and herby!
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  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tub Tahini sauce from Trader Joe's
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 4 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • handful sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Slice cauliflower into small florets and add to a foil-lined baking sheet. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and the salt and pepper to coat.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, remove from oven. Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients except for the almonds to a small saucepan and bring to a slight boil over medium low heat.
  • Simmer on low, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is done. Add the cauliflower to a large bowl, pour the sauce over top, and mix to combine. Add sliced almonds on top and serve!


Calories: 164kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 458mg, Potassium: 674mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 363IU, Vitamin C: 94mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 1mg