Spiced BBQ Cauliflower Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

Vegetarian / Salads

Preparation Time:
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6 portions
Metric Imperial


For the cauliflower marinade:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 1 tsp salt

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup tahini paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To serve:

  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Handful of pomegranate seeds
  • Handful of roasted macadamia nuts, chopped
  • Handful mint leaves, torn


To make the cauliflower:

  1. Heat your BBQ.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade until well blended.
  3. Put the cauliflower in a cooking dish or a large bowl, coat with the marinade and set aside for an hour.
  4. Place the cauliflower on the BBQ then cook for about 45 minutes or until a knife can slide in easily and the cauliflower is slightly caramelised.

To make the dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and maple syrup. Add the oil, water and tahini paste.
  2. To serve, top the cauliflower with the dressing, feta, pomegranate seeds, macadamia nuts and mint leaves.

Chef’s tip: To reduce the cooking time, you could part-boil the cauliflower before marinating and cooking on the BBQ.

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