(Note: this post was originally published on April 21, 2021. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
Cauliflower goes unicorn-style in this absurdly fun, colorful, unique dish. Have you ever seen anything so awesome? I definitely haven't.
This dish all came about thanks to an invitation to participate in an Instagram collaboration celebrating cauliflower. As you guys have undoubtedly noticed, I absolutely love this versatile, comforting veggie. I knew that I wanted to make something really special and different, that no one else would make. Haha, I think I achieved that, don't you??
This dish is actually very simple; it's just roasted (or air-fried!) cauliflower with a tahini drizzle. It comes together quickly, is good for the body, and could work as an appetizer, a side dish, or a happy hour grazing platter.
The magic, of course, lies in the colors. Because tahini is light in color, it's a great vehicle for added (natural!!) hues. Here, I achieved pink using pink pitaya (dragonfruit) powder, yellow using turmeric, and blue using blue spirulina. Other colorful powders like beet powder, hibiscus powder, and green spirulina would work just as well.
While this dish really is silly and whimsical, it's also darn good. It's salty, decadent, and tastes fried (in the best way possible). The rich tahini dressing is the perfect finish. The relatively neutral flavor profile means it would go beautifully alongside pretty much anything.
I of course need to mention that this dish works, in large part, thanks to the incredibly creamy and delicate tahini from Seeds of Collaboration. This wouldn't work nearly as well with gloppy, bitter, grocery store tahini. Make sure you find a tahini that's light in color, nutty in taste, and velvety smooth since it's going to be the star of the show.
Fortunately, I can now hook you up with 20% off Seeds of Collaboration if you use the code ROGUE at check-out! I really recommend this tahini so highly, and there are loads of other tahini recipes on my blog so you'll have no end of uses for it.
Thanks to the creamy tahini sauce, this dish is a major nutritional win (unlike most dishes with a creamy sauce). The tahini is loaded with protein and good fats, and helps make this dish filling and satisfying. Other than that, it's essentially just cauliflower and superfood powders, so snack away!
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Regardless of how you choose to enjoy this cauliflower, it's just plain fun. Is it an appetizer? A small plate for sharing? A main course that you'll hoard all to yourself? We devoured it as a happy hour snack one Friday evening this spring and it was a delight.
The other reason I love this dish? I bet it would be great for kids! Mac and cheese has nothing on this awesome, colorful cauliflower. I think this dish would be a perfect introduction to both cauliflower and tahini, and kids would have a blast mixing the colors. Although of course adults will too...
I mean seriously, how fun is this? I hope you guys don't think I'm too crazy?? Please try this and post a photo, I'd be so happy to see what you make.
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
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This over-the-top colorful cauliflower is just plain fun. The sauce, which is colored with superfood powders, gets its creamy decadence from tahini! It's the perfect finger food for kids or kids-at-heart.