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Cauliflower Chickpea Shawarma with Herb Yogurt Tahini Sauce


  • Author: Allison
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Cauliflower Chickpea Shawarma with Herb Yogurt Tahini Sauce are a fun, flavourful, and healthy vegetarian meal. They can easily be made vegan, too!


Ingredients

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Shawarma Spice Blend

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into medium florets
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 14-oz can, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Shawarma spice blend (above)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Quick Pickled Radishes

  • 1 bunch of radishes, stems and root tips removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey

Yogurt Herb Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 34 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh herbs of choice (I used 1/3 cup each parsley, cilantro, and mint leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Water to thin, if desired

Hummus

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 14-oz can, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 46 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/21 teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Water to thin, if desired

Everything Else

  • 6 pitas or naan breads (I love this naan recipe)
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Chopped romaine lettuce or spinach
  • Crumbled goat or sheep feta
  • Lemon wedges

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper if desired.
  2. Make the shawarma spice blend: Stir together the allspice, garlic powder, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, chili powder, oregano, and sea salt in a small bowl.
  3. Roast the cauliflower and chickpeas: Place the cauliflower florets and chickpeas in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle the shawarma spice over top. (I used all of it, but feel free to use only half or three quarters of it if you don’t love a ton of spice.) Add freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Toss to coat and transfer onto the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and slightly charred around the edges.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the quick pickled radishes: Place the sliced radishes in a heatproof 16-oz jar. In a small saucepan, combine the water, apple cider vinegar, salt, and maple syrup or honey. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat, and pour over the radishes. Set aside to pickle for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Make the green tahini yogurt sauce: Place the Greek yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, maple syrup or honey, pepper, herbs, and cumin in a food processor fitted with the ‘S’ blade. Process until smooth and transfer into a jar or container. Rinse out the bowl of the food processor to make the hummus.
  6. Make the hummus: Place the chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in the food processor fitted with the ‘S’ blade and process until smooth and creamy, adding a splash of water to thin it out, if desired. Transfer into a container.
  7. Assemble the shawarma: Spread a generous amount of hummus down the centre of a naan or pita bread. Top with some spinach and cucumber, followed by roasted chickpeas and cauliflower, quick pickled radishes, sauce, and feta. Add a spritz of lemon juice, if desired. Eat!
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: chickpea cauliflower shawarma