Roasted cauliflower with Za’atar and lemon

February 4, 2014

Roasted cauliflower with Za’atar and lemon

My first introduction to Za’atar was during my college years. On weekends I would get together with friends and explore Los Angeles’ ethnic restaurants. It was on one such excursion that I discovered “Lebanese pizza” or Man’oushet Za’atar: a flatbread lavishly topped with Za’atar and olive oil. It was served right out of the oven with a squeeze of lemon juice. The aromatic Za’atar and the lemon juice was a revelation to my 18-year-old taste buds.

Za’atar (also known as Zatar or Satar) is a blend of dried herbs (oregano, marjoram, thyme or hyssop), sesame seeds, sumac and salt. Sometimes cumin or other spices are added. The result is a nutty, herbaceous and slightly lemony spice blend that’s truly outstanding.

Needless to say, Za’atar makes today’s roasted cauliflower memorable. And in true Lebanese fashion, the florets are sprinkled with fresh lemon juice just before serving them – a dream!

You can buy Za’atar in better food stores (Fairway Market in NY makes a good blend), at Middle Eastern markets or online. Here are several options from Amazon.


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Roasted cauliflower with Za’atar and lemon

Now… how about these Cauliflower-chickpea fritters with cilantro-yogurt dip? They’re unbelievably delicious!

Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

RavieNomNoms February 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I ADORE roasted cauliflower! So amazing!


Viviane February 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

Thank you, Raven! I’m a big fan of the veggie too!


Deb February 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Roasted cauliflower is a family favorite. The addition of Zatar really adds a punch of flavor! What a fabulous way to enjoy this robust vegetable.


Angie@Angie's Recipes February 6, 2014 at 11:55 am

Roasting makes veggies taste so much better! Love zatar spices!


Sarah @ The Woks of Life February 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

Like my fellow commenters, I’m also a veteran fan of roasted cauliflower. Usually we just make it with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, but this lemony zaatar combo sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.


Viviane February 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Thank you, Sarah!


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