It’s a salad that tastes like a shawarma, it’s a cauliflower shawarma salad. The cauliflower is rubbed in a shawarma spice mix and roasted and tossed together with shawarma essentials – Israeli salad, a tahini sauce and some pearled couscous. Ok I digress, couscous is not an essential, a pita or laffa is – but pearled couscous goes better. There are also some chickpeas thrown in. If you like shawarma, you’ll love this salad version. And while I may tend to call salads a meal, where they are more passable as a side, this shawarma salad is a solid and satisfying meal.


Cauliflower Shawarma Salad


Cauliflower Shawarma Salad

It's a hearty salad that has that deliciously distinct shawarma taste. The Green Tahini Sauce is utterly divine and will go with just about any salad or as a dip for chips or veggies.
Course: Mains, Sides
Dietary: No Added Sugar, Nut Free, Vegan
Servings: 4


Shawarma Spiced Cauliflower

  • 1 head of Cauliflower wash and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • 1/2 C pearled (Israeli) couscous
  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 large cucumber diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 small purple onion diced

Green Tahini Sauce

  • 1 avocado peeled and pitted
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 C tahini paste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 C fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 pickled jalapeno
  • Salt to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 200C and spray a baking tray with a non-stick spray.
  • Add all the shawarma spiced cauliflower ingredients (except the cauliflower) to a medium mixing bowl. Combine well.
  • Add in the cauliflower pieces and toss to coat. Make sure each piece is coated in the spice rub.
  • Layer the cauliflower in an even layer on the baking tray.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, turning halfway, until the cauliflower is soft and starting to crisp.
  • While the cauliflower is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cook the pearled couscous according to package instructions and set aside.
  • Combine the diced cucumber, tomato and onion in a bowl.
  • Add all the ingredients for the green tahini sauce and blend until smooth. For a thinner dressing, add more water.
  • To assemble add the cooked couscous, chickpeas and salad to a large platter. Top with the shawarma spiced cauliflower and drizzle with the green tahini dressing.


Cauliflower Shawarma Salad

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