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Charred Cauliflower from True Foods Kitchen

This is one of my favorite dishes from True Foods Kitchen, their roasted cauliflower with harissa, tahini, dates, pistachios, mint and dill. We order it at every visit! It’s a wonderful combination of sweet, salty and savory.


1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets

2 cloves garlic, pressed and separated

2 Tbsp. olive oil

⅓ cup tahini

Juice of half a lemon

1 to 2 Tbsp. harissa, depending on spice preference

4 Tbsp. vegetable broth, plus 2 to 3 Tbsp. as needed

½ tsp. salt

3 dates, diced

¼ cup toasted pistachios

2 Tbsp. mint, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp. dill


•Oven at 450

•In a medium bowl, toss together the cauliflower florets, 1 clove of garlic and the olive oil. Spread the cauliflower evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and roast for 25 to 30 minutes.

• While the cauliflower roasts, make the tahini-harissa dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining garlic, tahini, lemon juice, harissa, 4 tablespoons vegetable broth and salt. If the dressing is a bit thick and does not easily drizzle off the whisk, add more vegetable broth, 1 tablespoon at a time.

• When the cauliflower is lightly browned and tender, remove it from the oven. Allow it to cool about 5 minutes then transfer to a medium bowl.

• Toss the cauliflower with half of the tahini-harissa dressing then lightly fold in the dates and pistachios. Top with chopped mint and dill and serve immediately.

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