Zaatar spices turn roasted cauliflower into something special! Serve it as a side dish, stuff it in a pita, or throw it in a bowl with some chickpeas and ancient grains. Quick, easy, and delicious!
If you think you don’t like cauliflower, just try roasting it in the oven with some olive oil and zaatar. This has become one of my go-to recipes and I make it nearly every week!
I have never been anti-cauliflower, but only since I started roasting it have I learned to absolutely love it. It’s so incredibly versatile, but my favorite way to prepare it is to slather it in zaatar seasoning before I pop it in the oven.
This middle eastern cauliflower recipe is delicious as a side dish or stuffed into a pita, but lately I’ve been making it in large batches to eat as part of a middle eastern-inspired vegan bowl, along with fried chickpeas, cooked freekeh, Jerusalem salad, and a quick lemon-tahini sauce.
I actually just got back from a camping trip yesterday, and I brought along a whole container filled with this zaatar roasted cauliflower. You really can’t go wrong with this stuff!
So, about zaatar. If you’re not familiar with this stuff, get ready to meet your new favorite seasoning. My aunt, who lives in Israel, brought me this little jar of zaatar last time she came to visit, and I’ve become pretty much obsessed with it.
Zaatar is a fragrant herb that is usually mixed with sesame seeds and salt. If you can’t find true zaatar, you can make a great substitution by following this recipe which uses sumac, savory, oregano, and thyme.
Other than zaatar, the only other ingredients you need are cauliflower and oil! I like to bake mine on rimmed baking sheets:
These baking sheets help to get this middle eastern roasted cauliflower nice and crisp on the edges.
I’m completely exhausted from my camping trip and need to go clean out the coolers, so I’ll keep today’s post short and sweet.
Here’s the Recipe!
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons zaatar seasoning
- 1 large head cauliflower, cut into thin florets
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the oil and zaatar in a large bowl and whisk until well-combined. Add the cauliflower and toss well.
- Transfer to a large baking sheet and place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn the cauliflower over and return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until tender and browned on the edges.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 145 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 215mg Carbohydrates 10g Fiber 5g Sugar 4g Protein 4g