Roasted Cauliflower & Walnut Dip


This creamy roasted cauliflower dip has the texture of hummus but swaps chickpeas for roasted cauliflower and walnuts for tahini. A head of roasted garlic--which is cooked at the same time as the cauliflower--gives it great flavor.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup walnuts, plus toasted chopped walnuts for garnish

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets (1 small head)

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 head garlic

  • ½ cup water, plus more as needed

  • ¼ cup walnut oil, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

  • Ground pepper for garnish


  1. Soak 1 cup walnuts in water for 2 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  3. Place cauliflower on a baking sheet and toss with 3 teaspoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Slice the tip off garlic head, exposing the cloves. Drizzle with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt and wrap in foil. Place on the baking sheet. Roast, stirring the cauliflower once, until tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.

  4. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of the skins into the food processor. Drain the walnuts and add to the food processor, along with 1/2 cup water, oil, lemon juice, rosemary and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Puree until mostly smooth, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. Transfer to a bowl and top with pepper, toasted walnuts and more oil and rosemary, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

91 Calories
9g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Calories 91
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 3%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 3IU 0%
Vitamin C 14mg 16%
Folate 22mcg 5%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 15mg 3%
Potassium 117mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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