Cauliflower salad (Arnabeet w tarator)

February 27, 2012  •  Category:


This is the perfect salad if you are stuck with a cauliflower and not sure what to do with it. 

It only takes minutes to prepare. It tastes fantastic and you will forget you are eating cauliflower. 

 The cauliflower is just boiled or steamed till tender, cut up and covered with the sauce. 

The sauce is a basic tarator which can be fancied up a bit by using Seville  oranges or another citrus  instead of lemons. 

The same dish can be prepared slightly differently by frying the cauliflower florets till browned. I just decided to save a few calories and effort here.


  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup of tahini
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice (fresh) or Seville orange juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic mashed with a tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley (optional)
  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and steam or boil for a few minutes till tender; drain well and set aside in a salad bowl.
  2. In another bowl, pour the tahini, add the lemon juice and stir and add the water gradually until the mixture is smooth and fluid like a thick sauce; add the mashed garlic and combine and taste the sauce, adding more lemon juice if needed. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower, sprinkle with some chopped parsley and serve at room temperature.



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  1. Rosa says:

    That is a dish I love to make!



  2. Turkey's For Life says:

    This has come just at the right time. Neither of us are fans of cauliflower and I was looking at them on the market yesterday – tempted to buy one just to try. But then I thought, ‘What shall I do with it?’ I’ll try this to see if we can become cauliflower converts.

  3. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Adore cauliflower – it’s such a flexible dish!!!

  4. Tobias says:

    Cauliflower with a bit of acid is new to me so this is on my list of things to try! 😉


  5. thekitchenwitch says:

    I am not usually a cauliflower person, but this looks and sounds really good!

  6. Chiara says:

    Lovely and easy to make, it’s a perfect dish, I love cauliflower !

  7. Nuts about food says:

    I am always on the lookout for new ways to make cauliflower. The tarator dressing is a great idea!

  8. Caffettiera says:

    I’m already guilty of drizzling tarator pretty much anywhere, but I’ve not tried with cauliflower yet. Next head I buy, it will get this treatment for sure.

  9. Jamie says:

    Oh I have to make this! I love cauliflower (never make it) and this is one fantasti sauce that would really taste fabulous on a mild vegetable like this. What a great recipe, Joumana!

  10. Susan says:

    I’m salivating just thinking about this! I love cauliflower and the sauce sounds delicious.

  11. Kalyn says:

    I do love this idea!

  12. Oui, Chef says:

    Oohhh…I could live on tarator, I just love it!

  13. Culinaire Amoula says:

    ça ressemble à une salade marocaine, on la prépare de la même façon mais sans Tahini, elle est parfaite!!

  14. Scienter says:

    I’m trying to like cauliflower, I really am. Maybe this will help!

  15. Sonia Rumzi says:

    What an amazing recipe. I love this Joumana, thank you.

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