Spiced Cauliflower

Prep Time: 40 min Cook Time: 20 min
Servings: 4 Skill Level: easy

Spiced, roasted cauliflower and olives topped with crispy halloumi, herbed yogurt sauce, and pomegranate makes a vibrant, nourishing vegetarian side dish or light meal.



  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 1 ½ pounds), cored and cut into florets
  • 3/4 cup Pearls Specialties Garlic Stuffed Queen Olives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Yogurt Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup whole milk yogurt
  • finely grated zest of 1/2 medium lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint and parsley leaves, plus more for garnish


  • 5-6 ounces halloumi or other grilling cheese, cut into one-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils

Cooking Instructions

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400ºF. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together the cauliflower, olives, olive oil, and spices to coat the cauliflower. Roast until the cauliflower is golden and tender, 30-40 minutes, tossing the ingredients once halfway through. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the lemon juice.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon zest, salt, and herbs to combine. Chill until needed.
  3. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the halloumi. Fry until golden on the bottom, 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook until golden on the second side, 2-3 minutes longer.
  4. To serve, place the roasted cauliflower and olives on a platter, top with the fried halloumi, drizzle with olive oil, yogurt sauce, pomegranate, and mint leaves. Serve, passing more yogurt sauce at the table.

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