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Roasted Cauliflower, chickpea, and greens with a tahini dressing

Image by Olga Drach

Adapted from Rukmini Iyer's Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas, Spring Greens, Lemon & Tahini recipe from The Green Roasting Tin.

Welcome to the wonders of cauliflower as the main star of your meal. This one is, yet again, super easy. If you don't already own a copy of The Green Roasting Tin, you really must remedy that. The recipes I've featured based on Rukmini Iyer's are but a few of the wonderful dishes the cookbook contains.

Serves:                 4

Prep Time:           10 mins

Cooking Time:     30mins

Total Time:           40mins


Cauliflower Roast

1 large cauliflower, cut into florets

  or 2 smaller ones

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained

1 large red onion

200g of greens (I use spring greens,

  kale, white cabbage, or a combination)

6 garlic cloves, left whole in their skins

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tso ground coriander

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp coarse sea salt

Tahini Dressing

2-3 tsp tahini

1 lemon, juice only

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp water

freshly ground black pepper to taste

To Serve
a handful of fresh coriander, chopped

warm flatbreads, rice, or potatoes - or on its own as a light meal

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/gas 6.

  2. Place the cauliflower, chickpeas, red onion, garlic and greens into a large roasting tin

  3. Add the olive oil, cumin, coriander, ginger, paprika and salt to the tin and mix well to make sure everything is coated. Place the tin in the oven and roast for 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is just cooked through.

  4. Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the tahini dressing in a small bowl or jug. It should be a relatively thick but pourable consistency, so add more water as needed. Taste for lemon juice and salt and adjust as needed.

  5. Pour the dressing over the cauliflower and scatter with coriander (optional). You can eat this as a warm salad for a light meal or serve it with flatbreads, rice, or potatoes. 

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