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Cauliflower with Tahini and Silan


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Cauliflower with Tahini and Silan

I’ve made a similar recipe with eggplant for a long time, but someone at one of my cooking classes didn’t like eggplant. So I came up with this variation instead to highlight the flavor combination and show people unexpected ways to use silan (date honey).


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min
  • Ready Time : 30 min


4-6 Servings


  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 2-3 Tbs. tahini
  • Lemon juice
  • 2-3 tsp. silan (date honey)
  • Chopped parsley
  • Pomegranate seeds (in season) or dried cranberries
  • Toasted pine nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to its hottest setting, 200°C/400°F.
  2. Put the cauliflower florets in a baking dish (prefer one that you can serve with). Don’t worry if the cauliflower is piled high or the dish looks to small since the cauliflower shrinks a lot as it cooks. Toss with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Roast until the cauliflower is tender (when your fingernail can easily enter) and the edges have browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Arrange the cauliflower on a serving plate. Drizzle with lemon juice, tahini, and silan, in that order
  5. Garnish with chopped parsley, pomegranate seeds or cranberries and pine nuts and serve.


About Orly Ziv


A lifelong food lover, Orly Ziv worked for many years as a clinical nutritionist before launching Cook In Israel in 2009. Through her company Orly offers culinary tours around Israel and intimate cooking classes out of her home. For more information visit http://www.cookinisrael.com/book.html




16 Responses to Cauliflower with Tahini and Silan

  1. Thanks for having so many vegan Jewish recipes available. Great resource! :)

  2. avatar says: J

    Could you make this with frozen cauliflower or broccoli? Would you thaw them first or just put in oven still frozen? Looks delicious!

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      I only use fresh vegetables but I think you can make with frozen too.

  3. avatar says: kiddo323

    I’m confused about the instructions. #2 says to roast the cauliflower in a dish that can be served in. #4 says to arrange the cauliflower on a serving plate. Which is correct?

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Hi Kiddo323,
      #2 says ” prefer one that you can serve with” it is a suggestion not everyone has this kind of baking dish.
      Both ways are possible

  4. avatar says: Lorraine

    I tried this recipe tonight, we loved it! Perfect for the winter vegetables, I used cauliflower and brocolini. The topping was pretty and delicious! I baked it in the same dish I served it in!

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Thank you Lorraine for sharing. Appreciate it! Happy to know you loved it

  5. avatar says: leah

    was good with frozen cauliflower, am trying with eggplant tonight, looking forward

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Great! Thank you for sharing. Let me know about the eggplant I’m sure you will be surprised!!

  6. avatar says: Tzivia

    I made this tonight with frozen cauliflower. And all I could say is OMG good easy and fast. But best of all practically no calories. Its a good midday snack also.

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Tzivia thank you for sharing. Appreciate it. Keep enjoying the dish

  7. avatar says: Esther

    Hi Orly,

    I just made this dish for a weekday dinner, and was really surprised! It was delicious. Ottolengui has a dish that reminds me yours (roasted squash topped with tahini and a bit of zaatar and pine nus) that I usually make, but I’m definitely going to prepare yours now.

    Don’t have Silan at home, so I used honey instead. I love sesame oil, so I also added a little bit on top. Very very good.

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Thank you Esther for sharing. Appreciate it!
      Honey is a good substitute for silan – good choice.

  8. avatar says: Leah

    love cauliflower and this was really good roasted and the topping made it really good. my husband and I enjoyed this dish very much

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Leah, happy to know you like it. Thank you for sharing!

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