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Stepping up our hummus game with this Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus. Store-bought hummus (the easy shortcut no one needs to know about) topped with chili seasoned roasted cauliflower and spicy garlic herb oil. It’s the simplest to throw together, but looks super fancy and tastes even better. Serve with fresh naan or pita chips and everyone will devour this hummus.

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus in bowl with chili oil and naan on the table

Well, look at me go! Two appetizers in a row. I know I don’t share appetizer/snack recipes nearly enough, so I made it a goal to share a few new favorites before Easter this year. And both yesterday’s feta rolls and today’s hummus feel very appropriate for the Easter holiday on Sunday.

Very springy and very delicious!

Hummus isn’t always something my family has loved. They steered clear of it for years, but I think it was because they were doing hummus all wrong. A garlicky bean dip with veggies on the side will ever excite my fam.

They love flavor and spice way too much. So I knew if I was going to entice them that I had to make my hummus a little more exciting.

cauliflower on baking sheet before roasting

Now, here’s my thing with hummus. I know there are purists out there who swear by homemade hummus and homemade hummus only. But I’ve never found it to be worth the effort. Both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have incredible options. So for me, I’d rather just buy it than go to all the extra effort to make it.

So this is my “shortcut” fancied hummus.

Simple, yet so flavorful and colorful.

cauliflower on baking sheet after roasting

The details

Start with the cauliflower. This is actually the heart of this recipe, and where the idea for sharing a hummus recipe started.

I wanted to make an extra crispy roasted cauliflower, but serve it up in a new, fresh way. I love warm veggies atop creamy hummus, so this felt like the perfect fit.

The cauliflower is oven-roasted with spices. By the time it comes out of the oven, it’s extra crispy with just the right amount of char and so much flavor. It’s delicious and one of my favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower.

process photo of herbs in bowl for the chili oil

While the cauliflower is roasting, I love to make a super-fast chili herb oil for drizzling over the hummus. I use lots of fresh herbs…usually a mix of cilantro, dill, and parsley. But honestly, you can use whatever your favorite herb combination happens to be.

I then add some garlic, paprika, chili flakes, sesame seeds, lemon zest, and the smallest amount of honey. The honey is key, it really balances everything nicely. Next, pour over the hot oil and the heat will infuse the flavors into the oil.

hummus in bowl with oil and cauliflower

Assemble

Grab a nice big serving bowl. A low, shallow bowl is best for hummus. Swirl in your favorite plain hummus, then add the cauliflower, oil, and always finish with fresh herbs!

Lastly, warm naan placed on the side for scooping is my first choice for dipping, and is so delicious. But of course, pita chips and crackers are great too!

hummus with pita in bowl to show that it has been eaten

Looking for other appetizer recipes? Here are some favorites:

Greek Inspired Antipasto Platter

Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs

Charred Baby Bell Peppers with Burrata

Lastly, if you make this Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 208 kcal

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Ingredients

Chili Herb Oil

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 425° F. On a baking sheet, combine the cauliflower, olive oil, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until tender. Toss and roast another 10 minutes, until charred.
    2. Meanwhile, make the oil. Combine the herbs, garlic, paprika, chili flakes, sesame seeds, lemon zest, and honey in a heat-proof bowl. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat until it sizzles, 5 minutes. Pour the oil over the spices, stir to combine.
    3. Spread the hummus in a shallow bowl. Add the cauliflower, then spoon over the oil. Serve with pita or chips.
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  1. 5 stars
    I just made this and it was so good! Thanks 😊

    Used herbs on hand = parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and mint.

    1. Hey Chelsea,
      Wonderful!! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback! I am so glad it was enjoyed. You can store the oil in an airtight container at room temp. Have a great week! 🌺xxT

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. Fabulous! I think I made the herb oil too thick because I could not really drizzle, still very very good. It was a meal for me. Combination of everything is simply brilliant.

    1. Hey Cari,
      Wonderful!! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback! I am so glad it was enjoyed. Have a great week! 🌺xxT

  3. Oh my! This is a wonderful dish. Wether as an appetizer or if you are like me, it made a great meal. I must confess I ate it by myself. Thought I would share but nope, it was all mine. Yum yum. I agree that this is great with store bought hummus. It really elevated it.
    Good job!

    1. Hey Adele,
      Wonderful!! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback! I am so glad it was enjoyed. Have a great week! 🌺xxT

  4. 5 stars
    Oh.My.Goodness! Made this as my dinner tonight and I think I’m in heaven! So good how all the flavors blend together. And I’m one of those who makes my hummus from scratch…had everything done in an hour.

    1. Hey Tammy,
      Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a go! xx

  5. I made this on a very special party night with friends I had not seen for more then 2 years… OMG it was so so good. Thank you for sharing all you fabulous ideas.

    1. Hey Helene,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!!☀️ xTieghan

  6. I made this over the weekend for a friends get together and it was a hit with everyone! Such great flavors! This will most definitely be in my go-to rotation! YUM!

  7. This was incredible!! The oil was a perfect complement to the spiced cauliflower. So so good. Will be returning to this recipe over and over again.

    1. Hey Allie,
      Happy Sunday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xx

  8. 5 stars
    I made the chili herb oil to go over some homemade hummus. I did not have any cauliflower but I really wanted to try this. It was absolutely wonderful! I am going to make the oil again and toss it with roasted vegetables. Such a wonderful recipe and I am so happy I saw it yesterday!

    1. Hey Josie,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have the best weekend:) xx

  9. 5 stars
    Wow, Teighan, you are the mayor of Flavortown! My hubby said this was the best thing he has ever had! It was relatively simple to make and the chili herb oil takes the richness and depth of flavor to heavenly heights! Bless you, my dear.

    1. Hey Shirley,
      Happy Friday!! LOL I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a lot for trying it out! ☀️xx

  10. Can I make the oil ahead of time and then reheat just before I serve? I have a dinner this weekend and I’d like to take this with me.

    1. Hey Jody,
      Sure, that would be just fine to do. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx