Spiced Cauliflower Salad With a Creamy Tahini Dressing

Kira Simpson

This spiced cauliflower salad will be your go-to summer salad!

This combination of the lightly spiced cauliflower, crispy chickpeas, and sweet, creamy tahini dressing comes together in a seriously good salad. Perfect as a side dish, to keep in the fridge to make veggie bowls, or as a complete meal.

Best of all, this use-it-all-up recipe uses the whole cauliflower, leaves and stems included – so there’s no food wasted.

And you can watch the video here.


vegan spiced cauliflower salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 1 can of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup flaked almonds
  • 1 bag mixed lettuce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Half fresh lemon juiced
  • 5-6 tablespoons water
vegan spiced cauliflower salad
vegan spiced cauliflower salad


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Remove the cauliflower leaves – keep these we’re going to use them!
  3. Cut the cauliflower into medium florets keeping the stem.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the coriander, cumin, garlic powder, chilli flakes, and olive oil until a smooth paste forms.
  5. Add the cauliflower, chickpeas, and paste to a large bowl and mix well until all the cauliflower pieces are coated.
  6. Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 25 minutes or until the cauliflower and chickpeas are lightly crispy and golden brown.
  7. While the cauliflower is cooking, make the tahini dressing.
  8. In a small bowl, mix the tahini, maple syrup and lemon juice – the mixture will become firm and hard to stir, this is when you add the water a spoon at a time until the dressing is creamy and slightly runny.
  9. Once the cauliflower is cooked, add to a large bowl with the mixed lettuce and flaked almonds and toss until all the ingredients are combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve on a plate and drizzle over the tahini dressing and enjoy!

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability expert. She started The Green Hub as a blog in 2015, which has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education sites dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable lifestyle.