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Cauliflower with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing

Crisp and snowy white – cauliflower looks so pretty in winter. This recipe, based on a classic Arab meze snack, comes from Yossi Mesilati of the Tazza d'Oro Café in Tel Aviv.

Ingredients (serves 4-6)
  • 1 cauliflower, separated into florets

  • oil for deep frying (or 1/4 cup olive oil for roasting)

  • For the Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons raw tahini

  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt 

Heat oil for deep-frying and fry the cauliflower until deep golden. Drain on paper towel. Or, toss cauliflower with olive oil and roast in hot oven until golden (15-20 minutes).


Mix dressing ingredients, pour over the cauliflower and serve at once. 


photo: Eilon Paz ("The Book of Israeli Food")

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