Roasted cauliflower is the perfect stand-in for chickpeas in this Eastern Mediterranean inspired dip. Swapping out the garbanzo beans makes this tasty cauliflower hummus recipe paleo, keto, low carb, vegan, and Whole30-friendly.
This roasted cauliflower hummus is my take on the classic Greek dip. Roasting the cauliflower gives it a nutty sweetness that blends well with the traditional hummus ingredients — tahini, garlic, and lemon. I love it drizzled with olive oil, and served with fresh vegetables for dipping.
Is hummus paleo, keto or Whole30?
No, it's not. Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Legumes are not allowed on Whole30 or a paleo diet. And because beans are higher in carbs, they are not low carb or keto-friendly. Roasted cauliflower replaces the chickpeas in this paleo, keto and Whole30-friendly version of hummus.
Cauliflower hummus recipe
Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables. You can use it as a keto rice substitute, a paleo sub for beans in chili, or a low carb sub for flour in thickening gravy. In this case, roasted cauliflower is a perfect sub for garbanzo beans.
Once you roast the cauliflower, this dip comes together very quickly. Just put the roasted cauliflower florets into the bowl of the food processor and add the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Blend until it's the consistency of hummus and season to taste.
It's important to use fresh cauliflower in this recipe. I will take a shortcut sometimes, and use frozen cauliflower for mashed cauliflower or cauliflower soup. But frozen cauliflower won't get the right caramelized texture when it roasts. That's the secret to this roasted cauliflower dip recipe.
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It's also important to use a tahini like this one that's made from just sesame seeds to keep this dip paleo and Whole30 compliant. There should not be any other ingredients listed on the label. The oil will naturally separate in the tahini (just like it does in natural almond butter). A nut butter stirrer makes stirring the oil back into the tahini easy.
Roasted cauliflower hummus is a perfect game-day dip. Top your cauliflower dip with a drizzle of olive oil, whole pitted olives and maybe a sprinkle of sesame seeds. This hummus is great served next to a bowl of baba ganoush---the flavors compliment each other and you can use all of the same dippers for both dips! My favorites are sliced cucumbers and red peppers.