Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea & Cherry Tomato Salad with Spicy Tahini & Lime Drizzle & Pomegranate Seeds

June 24, 2016

This week I had a whole cauliflower in the fridge and decided it was time to use it.  That is usually how I cook...  I go grocery shopping once a month, stock up my fridge and pantry to the max and get my inspiration from opening doors and seeing wat's available.  This time I had a whole cauliflower, some Cherry tomatoes, canned beans and frozen pomegranate seeds.  The recipe below is the result of my inspiration.  I hope you all enjoy it!  As always, let me know what you think about it. 




Yield: 4 servings




1 head           Cauliflower, cut into medium florets

1 cup             Chickpeas, cooked & drained 

1/4 cup         Grape seed oil

1 tsp              Cumin

2 tsp              Paprika

1/2 tsp          Chili powder

1/2 tsp          Garlic salt (or garlic powder plus salt)

To taste         Fresh ground black pepper


For drizzle:


2 1/2 Tbsp    Tahini paste

2 each           Limes, juiced

1 Tbsp           Hot sauce (I used Lime Cholula)

2 tsp              Garlic, minced

1 Tbsp           Olive oil

As needed    Warm water to adjust consistency


To garnish:


3/4 cup          Cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise

1/3 cup          Pomegranate seeds



Procedure: (click on the images below to get step by step visual directions)

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.

  2. Cut cauliflower into medium size florets and place in a stainless steel bowl.

  3. If you are using canned chickpeas, strain and rinse well.  Add to the same bowl as the cauliflower florets.

  4. To the bowl, add grape seed oil, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and garlic salt (or a combination of garlic powder and Kosher salt) and freshly ground pepper.  Toss really well until all ingredients are well incorporated.

  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the cauliflower and chickpeas on the baking sheet and place inside preheated oven.  

  6. Roast for 45-60 minutes depending on your oven and size of the florets.  Using a spatula, toss everything halfway through the cooking process (at around the 20 minute mark).

  7. While the cauliflower and chickpeas are roasting, in a stainless steel bowl, whisk together the tahini paste, lime juice, hot sauce, minced garlic and olive oil.  Use some warm water to adjust the consistency of the drizzle.  I used Lime Cholula hot sauce, but another good alternative would be Sambal Oelek.

  8. When the cauliflower is easily pierced with a knife, and starts to crisp up on the edges and the chickpeas are crispy, remove from the oven.

  9. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise, mix with the roasted ingredients (either after cooling or when warm), place on a platter, top with the drizzle and finish with the pomegranate seeds.  As mentioned before this salad can be served warm or cold.

  10. Serve...

  11. ...and enjoy!





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Prep, cut and measure ingredients before you start cooking to ease the process.  Organization is key and lists are your friends.



Put a dish towel or a damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it from slipping and moving around.



Grate garlic and ginger with a microplane instead of mincing them with a knife.



"Clean as you go" so you are not overwhelmed when you are done.  Find those down moments to wash utensils, pots & pans, and wipe counters, so you can enjoy your food and not have to clean all at the end.



Use fresh herbs at the end of the cooking process to add freshness and flavour to the dish, but add dry herbs at the beginning to extract the most flavour possible.



Season in layers...  this means to add a little salt and pepper every time you add a new ingredient to the pot/pan.  This will ensure all your ingredients are well seasoned and you will just have to adjust seasoning at the end.



Recipes are just guidelines.  Feel free replacing ingredients with similar ones you like.  And remember, time and temperatures may vary according to sizes of the food and your appliances.



© 2016 by Abraham Wornovitzky for On My Table Today