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Roasted cauliflower hummus


  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets (alternatively you could use a bag of cauliflower florets)
  • one cup of chickpeas you can cook your own if you are being ALL IN with made from scratch - I am not, and don't even know how to cook them from scratch, tho I am sure it isn't too hard, so you decide
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons of good olive oil
  • One clove of garlic
  • juice and zest of one whole lemon and I mean squeeze the hell out of it to get ALL of it
  • two tablespoons of cold water
  • ¼ teaspoon of cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika plus extra for sprinkling on top


  • Heat the oven to 400. Place cauliflower florets on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Roast in oven for about 25-30 minutes. They should be turning golden brown on top and edges. cool to lukewarm or room temperature.
  • Finely chop the florets and place ¾ of them in a food processor along with the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice (not the zest), cold water, cumin and ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika. Puree until smooth and creamy. season with salt to taste and puree until blended.
  • Spoon into serving bowl and chill in fridge for an hour or longer. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, the remaining chopped cauliflower, a sprinkle of smoked paprika and a little of the lemon zest. Serve with your fave raw veggies and crackers or pita chips.


About the chickpeas...a lot of recipes say to peel the chickpeas before pureeing for maximum smoothness. This is super duper time consuming and kind of annoying. But I tried it both ways to see if being lazy was no big deal, or if it was a big deal and chickpeas need peeling. Final answer: DOES NOT MATTER. Yeah there was a difference, but it was minuscule. I mean, I could barely tell the difference and could only tell when eating side by side. Also, I served non peeled chickpea hummus to guests and not one person thought it wasn't smooth enough...so there you go. But feel free to peel the sh-t out of those chickpeas if you want.