Harissa Date Roasted Cauliflower


Last Updated on February 20, 2023

Roasted cauliflower with harissa date sauce is a delicious side dish to serve to your family and friends. Topped with chopped dates and herbs for the perfect balance of flavors. 

Harissa Date Roasted Cauliflower

This deliciously spiced roasted cauliflower is made using some of my favorite spices. It’s topped with a simple harissa date syrup sauce and garnished with chopped dates, dill, and parsley.

It’s light and flavorful and pairs well with any meal!

harissa cauliflower

Roasting the cauliflower brings out its flavor. It stays tender on the inside but still gets a nice crisp. The blend of spices like paprika, cumin and turmeric add the most delicious flavor.

The harissa date sauce is sweet and slightly spicy, and can be the perfect sauce to use on any vegetables or proteins.

harissa date cauliflower

What you’ll need to make this simple side dish

  • Cauliflower
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Homemade spice blend- paprika, garlic, cumin, turmeric, salt & pepper
  • Harissa- harissa is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste that can be used for various recipes. You can buy a mild or spicy variety depending on where you shop, and use it in marinades for your fish, tofu or even vegetables
  • Date syrup, aka Silan- you can swap honey if you can’t find date syrup near you
  • Medjool dates
  • Fresh herbs like parsley and dill

How to make Harissa Date Roasted Cauliflower

  1. Start by cutting the cauliflower into florets and tossing them with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, turmeric and salt & pepper
  2. Roast the cauliflower for about 45 minutes, flipping it halfway through
  3. Prepare the harissa date sauce by blending harissa, date syrup and a little olive oil
  4. Pour the harissa date sauce over the roasted cauliflower and top with chopped medjool dates, parsley and dill

This recipe comes together so easily, and will elevate your weeknight meal. I can’t wait for you guys to try it!

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Harissa Date Roasted Cauliflower

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NOTES: the harissa date sauce makes enough for a light drizzle without drenching the cauliflower. If you prefer more sauce, you can double the recipe.


  • 1 large 1 head of cauliflower

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 olive oil

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 cumin

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 black pepper

  • Harissa Date Sauce
  • 2 tbsp 2 date syrup (silan)

  • 1 tbsp 1 harissa

  • 1/2 tbsp 1/2 olive oil

  • Top with
  • 2 2 -3 medjool dates, chopped

  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 1 -2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Trim the cauliflower stem and cut it into small florets. Add it to a large sheet pan.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the cauliflower along with all of the spices, then toss together until evenly combined.
  • Bake the cauliflower for about 25 minutes, remove the pan from the oven, give the cauliflower a toss and bake for another 20-25 minutes.
  • While that bakes, prepare the harissa date sauce by blending the date syrup, harissa and olive oil together in a small blender or using an immersion blender until smooth. You can also whisk by hand, but I prefer a smoother sauce.
  • Once the cauliflower is ready, transfer it to your serving platter and drizzle the sauce over the top.
  • Garnish with chopped dates, parsley and dill.

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