Smoky Cauliflower Hummus

You’re going to think I’ve gone Cauliflower Cray Cray! If you follow me, you’ll remember I made “Essential Oven Roasted Cauliflower” last week. And then I made Cauliflower with Dates & Pine Nuts. Now, here’s Smoky Cauliflower Hummus.

Smoky Cauliflower Hummus
Smoky Cauliflower Hummus

This dip is creamy and spicy and fluffy and flavorful and you’d never guess in a zillion years that it had any cauliflower at all in it. It’s a great way to health things up with no compromise in flavor.

The only had part about this recipe? Refraining from munching on the cauliflower before it gets to the blender!

Smoky Cauliflower Hummus
Smoky Cauliflower Hummus

Feel free to double the recipe and/or adjust any spiciness to your own taste. This DOES have a bit of heat, and it is sneaky heat. The more you eat, the hotter it is.

I won’t leave you high and dry without a shopping tip or two. Watch the sale prices on cauliflower and whether it is sold by the pound or as a unit. Look for tahini in the grocery store when specialty items go on sale, usually around holidays or you might want to paw around in the discount./close out bin if your store has one.

Smoky Cauliflower Hummus
Smoky Cauliflower Hummus

Smoky Cauliflower Hummus

  • Servings: 1 1/2 cups
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

  • 1/2 head cauliflower (1 to 1 1/2 lbs.), trimmed and cut into 2 inch florets (about 4 cups florets) Oven Roasted
  • 1/2 cup well-stirred tahini
    1/2 to 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little to drizzle on top
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika, plus a little to sprinkle on top
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
  • 1/1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 Put 1/2 cup water in a blender with roasted cauliflower and remaining ingredients.

Blend, adding more water if needed (up to 1/4 cup) and scraping sides often, until you have a creamy purée, about 4 minutes. Taste and add more salt or lemon juice if you like.

Spoon into a serving bowl and drizzle with a touch of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of smoked paprika and red pepper flakes.

May be made ahead several days, stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

I’ll be sharing this recipe with Fiesta Friday! Come join us there! 🙂

37 thoughts on “Smoky Cauliflower Hummus”

  1. Mollie– this is genius! I love humus and this sounds like a delicious new slant! I make snacks every Monday for a group who come in– this would be perfect! What’s next?? more cauliflower dishes??? You are so inventive!! hugs!

  2. Have you bought stock yet in cauliflower? LOL. This looks absolutely delicious. I always forget to buy tahini when I’m at the store. I’ve made hummus without it but it just wasn’t as good as I thought it should be. I love that you made it with cauliflower instead of garbanzo beans!

    1. Thanks so much! When I’m at my house I’d often just nosh on something like this for dinner or even breakfast, lol! At my folk’s house (where I’m helping out a lot) they want 3 square meals…at 8:00 am, 12 noon & 5 sharp. So if we have appetizers, it’s like 3:30 in the afternoon! Well I guess anytime is good for this dip. It’s great with cucumber slices, too!

  3. Cauliflower cray cray?! Never!! You do what you want, Mollie. Will never ever question you! Anyway, cauliflower is good coz it’s healthy. Now keep thinking healthy…and join the Fiesta Friday Healthy Recipe Challenge. You MUST participate! 😄😄

    1. You’re a dear and you just make my day all the time! But Angie, Pineapple and greens? Why not cauliflower, for instance, lol!!

      I have bought my pineapple and found what greens I could scrounge up in the middle of nowhere South Dakota and am playing out recipes in my head. It has GOT to be fabu!! 🙂

Comments and discussion always welcome - tell me what you think.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s