Roasted Cauliflower & Freekeh Salad with Lemon-Yogurt Sauce & Spiced Tahini Dressing

Roasted Cauliflower & Freekeh Salad

with Lemon-Yogurt Sauce & Spiced Tahini Dressing

50 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

One of our favorite ways to turn cauliflower into a hearty centerpiece is by roasting thick slices until nutty-sweet (or making "steaks"). For this Middle Eastern-inspired dish, we’re pairing roasted cauliflower with a salad of crisp cucumber, sweet dates, and freekeh—a type of wheat harvested young and toasted. To bring it all together, we’re serving the salad over a layer of lemony yogurt and finished it with a drizzle of tahini dressing seasoned with traditional spices. (Chefs, your cauliflower may be a white, green, orange, or purple variety.)

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Prepare & roast the cauliflower:
1 Prepare & roast the cauliflower:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the cauliflower. Cut off and discard the stem end and leaves of the cauliflower; cut the head into 1-inch-thick slices (keeping them as intact as possible). Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; gently turn to coat. Arrange in a single, even layer. Roast 25 to 27 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork.

Cook the freekeh:
2 Cook the freekeh:

While the cauliflower roasts, add the freekeh to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 22 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Set aside in a warm place.

Prepare the remaining ingredients:
3 Prepare the remaining ingredients:

While the freekeh cooks, wash and dry the remaining fresh produce. Using a peeler, remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and finely chop the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste (or use a zester). Thinly slice the cucumber into rounds. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Roughly chop the almonds. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems.

Make the tahini dressing:
4 Make the tahini dressing:

While the freekeh continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the tahini, spice blend, the juice of 1 lemon wedge, 3 tablespoons of water, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the yogurt sauce:
5 Make the yogurt sauce:

While the freekeh continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon zest, the juice of 1 lemon wedge, as much of the garlic paste as you'd like, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the freekeh & plate your dish:
6 Finish the freekeh & plate your dish:

To the pot of cooked freekeh, add the cucumber, dates, almonds, half the parsley, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the yogurt sauce between 2 dishes; spread into a thin layer. Top with the finished freekeh and roasted cauliflower. Garnish with half the tahini dressing and the remaining parsley. Serve with the remaining tahini dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare & roast the cauliflower:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the cauliflower. Cut off and discard the stem end and leaves of the cauliflower; cut the head into 1-inch-thick slices (keeping them as intact as possible). Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; gently turn to coat. Arrange in a single, even layer. Roast 25 to 27 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork.

2 Cook the freekeh:

While the cauliflower roasts, add the freekeh to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 22 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Set aside in a warm place.

Cook the freekeh:
3 Prepare the remaining ingredients:

While the freekeh cooks, wash and dry the remaining fresh produce. Using a peeler, remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Peel and finely chop the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste (or use a zester). Thinly slice the cucumber into rounds. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Roughly chop the almonds. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems.

4 Make the tahini dressing:

While the freekeh continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the tahini, spice blend, the juice of 1 lemon wedge, 3 tablespoons of water, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the tahini dressing:
Make the yogurt sauce:
5 Make the yogurt sauce:

While the freekeh continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon zest, the juice of 1 lemon wedge, as much of the garlic paste as you'd like, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Finish the freekeh & plate your dish:

To the pot of cooked freekeh, add the cucumber, dates, almonds, half the parsley, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the yogurt sauce between 2 dishes; spread into a thin layer. Top with the finished freekeh and roasted cauliflower. Garnish with half the tahini dressing and the remaining parsley. Serve with the remaining tahini dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Finish the freekeh & plate your dish:
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