Cauliflower Hummus

Generally, nutritionists do not like white foods. White bread, white pasta, white rice, white potatoes, white sugar – they all contain little nutrition and spike our blood sugar levels, which eventually leads to unpleasant stuff like obesity and diabetes.

Cauliflower, however, is one exception to the rule. It’s got an amazingly high content of Vitamin C, plus it contains a host of nutrients that encourage detoxification, reduce inflammation and support digestion.

This delicious dip has all the familiar flavours of traditional hummus, but with a cruciferous twist. It does taste like cauliflower, though, so cauliflower haters will not be magically reformed or proclaim they can hardly taste it.

Nevertheless, I think this one is a yummy stroke of genius. Go for it!

Cauliflower Hummus
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 small cauliflower (about 1½ pounds)
  • 3 small garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp sesame tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • salt to taste
  1. Chop the cauliflower into florets and add it to a steamer basket with the cloves of garlic. Steam for about 8 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender. Allow the cauliflower to cool slightly.
  2. Place the cauliflower to the bowl of a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  4. Chill before serving.


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10 Responses to Cauliflower Hummus

  1. highschoolfoodie July 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    This us such a great idea for hummus. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Sondi Bruner July 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      No problem! Happy to share the goodness.

  2. Little Sis July 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    You are my new best friend. I LOVE hummus and hadn’t thought of swapping the beans out for veg. Nce one and thank you.

    • Sondi Bruner July 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      No prob! I love hummus, too – would eat it every day if I could. This is a nice alternative because eating a ton of beans doesn’t agree with me.

  3. A Table in the Sun July 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Great idea. I adore cauliflower in any way, shape, or form.

  4. Organized Living Essentials July 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    What an interesting way to use cauliflower. I can see making this when cauliflower comes on sale and i want to buy a bunch of it but am not quite sure what to do with it besides eat cauliflower four days in a row! Thanks!

    • Sondi Bruner July 17, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      This works well as more than just a dip for veggies and crackers. It’s great as a sandwich spread, or a sub for pizza sauce.

  5. Playful foodist July 17, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Aw, nice idea! I might try that!

  6. Meghan Telpner (@MeghanTelpner) July 20, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    This is such a good idea! Going to try it this weekend.

  7. Market and Meridian October 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I added curry and a little coriander to mine. Genius and Delicious!!