Roasted Cauliflower with Yogurt Tahini Harissa Sauce

So, you made harissa, that beautifully-spiced sauce that’s sweet, smoky, and packs a nice heat. What next? Mix it into everything! Mix it into hummus or stir a dollop into soup.

Roasted Cauliflower with Yogurt Tahini Harissa Sauce

Or here, mix it with yogurt and tahini to make a creamy, tangy sauce to drizzle over roasted vegetables, like cauliflower, which is one of those veggies that goes from dull to delicious with a turn in a hot oven. This recipe is infinitely variable -- it’s just a start to all the wonderful things you can make with harissa.


Spices used in this recipe

Salt, Kosher


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • a pinch Vanns Kosher Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (your choice of fat level)
  • 2 Tbs. tahini
  • 1-2 Tbs. Harissa
  • 2-4 Tbs. water
  • 2 Tbs. flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into 1-inch florets and toss with olive oil and salt to taste. Spread the florets in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until caramelized and tender.
  3. While cauliflower roasts, make the sauce. Whisk together yogurt, tahini, and harissa, starting with 1 Tbs. harissa and adding more to taste. Add salt if needed. Add water 1 Tbs. at a time, whisking after each addition, until sauce is a drizzle-able consistency.
  4. When cauliflower is done, transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Allow to cool slightly before drizzling with sauce. Serve a bowl of the sauce on the side for even more drizzling!

This recipe is great for variations! Mix things like chopped green olives, toasted pine nuts or almonds, capers, and/or the chopped rind of half a preserved lemon into the cauliflower before drizzling the sauce over it. You can use the sauce on any of your favorite roasted vegetables -- broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, even potatoes! The sauce also works nicely as a dip for raw vegetables -- just omit the water to give it a thicker texture.

Serves 4.

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