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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Tahini & Crispy Cauliflower Topping

Ground sumac berries and tahini paste, both staples in Middle Eastern cuisine, are the 
secret ingredients that bring a splash of unexpected flavor to this creamy soup. To make it 
extra fancy, try using purple or orange cauliflower for the crispy cauliflower topping.

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Cauliflower is everywhere these days — it’s in pizza crust, it mimics BBQ “wings” and it can take place of rice. From a nutritional perspective, it makes total sense. Cauliflower is packed with immune-supporting vitamin C, it’s rich in fiber, aiding digestive health, and it contains compounds known to reduce inflammation. This white veg is also rich in antioxidants.

Even better? When the temps drop, this soup satisfies that craving for warm, comforting meals. Roasting the cauliflower in this creamy cauliflower soup gives it a deep, caramelized flavor, and the tahini makes it velvety-rich, smooth, and oh-so-delicious.

6 to 8
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
55 min


Crispy cauliflower topping

  • 2 cups 
small cauliflower florets 
(½- to ¾-inch florets)
  • 1 tbsp 
coconut or extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and ground 
black pepper, to taste


  • 2 tbsp 
extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 
yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 
cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp 
ground sumac, optional
  • 3/4 tsp 
smoked paprika
  • Pinch 
cayenne pepper
  • 1 
large head cauliflower, 
cut into medium florets 
(about 8 cups)
  • 1 
small Yukon Gold 
potato (about 4 oz), 
cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cups 
vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp 
sea salt + additional 
to taste
  • ¼ cup 
tahini paste
  • 2 tbsp 
fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup 
fresh dill, chopped


  1. Prepare topping: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a medium or large baking sheet with parchment paper. On baking sheet, toss small cauliflower florets with coconut oil then spread in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast until tender and crispy, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare soup: In a large pot on medium, heat olive oil. Add onion and sauté until softened and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, sumac (if using), paprika and cayenne and cook for 1 more minute, until fragrant, stirring constantly.
  3. Add medium cauliflower florets, potato, broth and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, until potatoes and cauliflower are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in tahini and lemon juice and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Using an immersion blender, purée soup. Season with additional salt as needed. Divide soup among bowls, then top with dill and crispy cauliflower topping.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/8 of soup
  • Calories 141
  • Carbohydrate Content 12 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 401 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g