Cauli-Hummus

I’m dreaming of laying poolside with a blazing sun right now for two reasons.  

Reason #1:  It has been way below zero here in Boulder, CO for 5 days straight now.  I really don’t terribly mind cold weather.  It’s a chance to find your thickest scarves, heaviest blankets and get cozy!  The only times I will complain is when I have to drive somewhere far and the roads are horrible or when I shovel the driveway and 20 minutes later you would never know it.    

Reason #2:  Hummus and pita chips used to be a staple in my summer pool-side snack bag.  It’s been several summers since I’ve had traditional hummus and I was starting to think I would never have hummus again.  I finally decided to try a cauliflower-based hummus recipe because I just couldn’t go another day without something to dip my veggies in.  I attempted several different versions but couldn’t see to get it right.  

And then, it worked!  The perfect combo of flavors that brought me right back to pool-side snacks with friends…here in the below zero temps!  I took it to a get-together that night and the bowl was gone within minutes.  Definitely a sign that the recipe works.  Try it and let me know what you think! 

A great party dish!

A great party dish!

Cauli-Hummus

A creamy nut-free, soy-free hummus that tastes just like the real thing! Have it as a midday snack or take as an appetizer to your next gathering!
Total Time15 mins
Author: Shawn Mynar

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar or fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper more or less to taste depending on spice tolerance

Instructions

  • Steam cauliflower florets by placing them in a steamer over boiling water for about 10 minutes.
  • Once cauliflower is tender, combine all ingredients in food processor or high-powered blender.
  • Blend or process until smooth.

Notes

Serve with veggies for dipping or as a topping to burgers and chicken!

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