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Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing

Cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing.
Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Have you ever made cauliflower steaks?

I haven’t.

Until this recipe.

Generally, I think if it’s a vegetable, it’s not steak.

Don’t be ridiculous.

But these cauliflower steaks kind of changed my mind about that.

This recipe is a combination of two lightly adapted recipes from my friend Gena’s new book, Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals. Gena who writes The Full Helping, has previously written a book in collaboration with Food52 called, Food52 Vegan. I shared a beauty of a kale salad from that book a few seasons ago. Check it out!

Gena’s new book, Power Plates focuses on practical and flavor-packed, balanced vegan meals. One hundred of them to be exact. The recipes are divided into six chapters: Breakfast, Salads, Soups, Bowls, Skillets and Stovetop and Bakes. I like this. Because these are the staple food categories that make up my life.

Comforting things like Yellow Split Pea Chowder. And simple things Rice Beans Tofu and Green. And also fast things. Easy things. Satisfying things. This book is for everyone, vegan or not. It’s a wonderful cookbook to add to your collection. And lucky for all of you I’m giving a copy away.

To enter drop me a comment below. Are you vegan? Is someone in your house vegan? Or do you just love vegetables and strive to eat more like me? I will choose a winner at random on February 9 at noon Central and notify them by email. Sorry folks, this giveaway is open to US and Canada readers only.

Back to these cauliflower steaks! I love how the meat is tender and soft. And the outside is lightly browned. Charred even in some places. It’s fun to eat with a fork and knife. A more satisfying experience that eating say, roasted cauliflower florets. I drenched it with Gena’s lemon tahini dressing. Which indeed, I could and will eat everyday. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Herbed Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing | Herbed cauliflower steaks with lemon tahini dressing. A simple weeknight meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly.

Cauliflower Steaks

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Serves 2 - 4

Lightly adapted from Gena Hamshaw’s Power Plates. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and keto-friendly. 

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds, chopped
pink Himalayan salt, to taste

black pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Trim the stem of the cauliflower so it can rest on a flat surface. Cut the cauliflower into 1-inch steaks. The amount of steaks will depend on the size and condition of the cauliflower. 

Place the cauliflower on the lined baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle the steaks with a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is golden brown and fork-tender, flipping once halfway through the baking time.

While the cauliflower is baking, combine the remaining tablespoon olive oil with the parsley and pumpkin seeds, and season with salt and pepper. When the cauliflower is done baking, spoon on a hearty amount of lemon tahini dressing and top with the herb mixture. 

Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minutes
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 1/2 cup

Lightly adapted from Gena Hamshaw’s Power Plates. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegan, low-carb and leto-friendly. Store extra dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Ingredients

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon warm filtered water

1/4 cup tahini

1 garlic clove, diced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup {see notes}

1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blender until smooth. 

Recipe Notes

I used 2 drops of stevia in place of the maple syrup. You can use any sweetener you prefer. 

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Thanks to the folks at Ten Speed Press for gifting me an advance copy of Power Plates! Recipes adapted and reprinted with permission from Power Plates, copyright © 2018by Gena Hamshaw. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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51 Responses to "Cauliflower Steaks with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing"

  1. Reply

    Lori Pitts

    February 1, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    My daughter has been vegan for about 8 months and she is a freshman in college. She would love this book.

  2. Reply

    Annette

    February 1, 2018 at 10:02 PM

    I’m not vegan (only one is the house is me), but I love eating veggies and am always looking for new healthy ideas for them.

  3. Reply

    Cherie

    February 1, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    Give me all the plant dishes please! No vegans in my house but we have greens with every meal and are always looking for plant-based cooking inspiration. This book sounds perfect and so does the lemon tahini dressing!

  4. Reply

    Sj Dc

    February 1, 2018 at 10:40 PM

    I don’t conform to any diet nomenclature but just genuinely love vegetables and they form over 90% of my diet. This book sounds like a great addition to my kitchen. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Reply

    Betsy

    February 1, 2018 at 10:53 PM

    I’m not a vegan but have considered adjusting mine and my family’s diet to be more plant-based. I am always looking to add more veggies to my meals (this looks fantastic!) and hopefully find a few that my kids will love too.

  6. Reply

    Allyssa

    February 2, 2018 at 1:13 AM

    I have been vegan for 6 years as is my partner. It’s been a journey, but I wouldn’t change it!

  7. Reply

    Jen S

    February 2, 2018 at 6:43 AM

    I am vegetarian and have been since childhood. My husband and kids are too and we are always looking for tasty meals to add to our repertoire. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Reply

    Catherine

    February 2, 2018 at 6:50 AM

    I am not strictly vegan – I will eat eggs and seafood occasionally. But, I do follow a primarily plant based diet! I would love this cookbook!

  9. Reply

    Abigail

    February 2, 2018 at 7:58 AM

    First of all, these are beautiful! Definitely goin to add this to the menu. I’m not vegan or vegetarian but appreciate the concepts of a simpler eating style and I love veggies! I’m also always trying to get our family good recipes that have lots of nutrients.

  10. Reply

    Susie

    February 2, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    I am plant-based and my family (kids and hubby) are at home. Trying to positively influence extended family to come to the bright side by feeding them delicious plant-based meals too!

  11. Reply

    Thia

    February 2, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Sherrie, I’ve been a vegetarian for about 38 years now. I’ve gone in and out of being vegan for long stretches during that time. I’m currently working to overcome my dairy addiction to head back to being strictly vegan, again. I’d love a new cookbook with fresh inspiration to help me with this project! I first ran into Gena’s recipes over on Food52. I really like her style. Thanks, Sherrie, for the opportunity to win this book.

  12. Reply

    Genevieve

    February 2, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    I’m vegetarian and would love to try the recipes in this book as I’m usually cooking for one and like to make one-bowl meals full of veggies!

  13. Reply

    Kris prebay

    February 2, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    I cook veggies in multiple ways. Baked, broiled, steamed, grilled and love this new dressing to top them off.

  14. Reply

    Lou

    February 2, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    My dear friend is newly vegan and we’ve cooked for one another for over a decade. But now I’m struggling to keep up! Would love to up my game with new inspo.

  15. Reply

    Linda

    February 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    I am not vegan, but I am trying to incorporate more vegetables in the family’s meals.

  16. Reply

    Bonnie

    February 3, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Love what you do with veggies and what you stand for! Hoping to incorporate more into our meals.

  17. Reply

    Makenzie

    February 3, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    My husband and I have been eating 90% vegan for a couple of months. We only eat non-vegan when people invite us over for dinner. We’re loving it, partly because of your recipes! Thanks!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      February 4, 2018 at 5:04 PM

      Makenzie, you made my morning. I’m sorry happy I can provide you with the tools you need to eat the way you want. Lots of love, xx!

  18. Reply

    Christy Qualin

    February 3, 2018 at 11:12 PM

    Hi! Not vegan/vegetarian but I seldom eat meat. Would love new ideas!

  19. Reply

    Jordan

    February 4, 2018 at 12:10 AM

    Cauliflower AND tahini? Be still my heart. Although I’m not a vegan, I am veggie obsessed. But honestly I tend to always just eat them roasted. This girl needs some inspiration! Thank you for the opportunity!

  20. Reply

    Micah

    February 4, 2018 at 1:24 AM

    I love incorporating vegan meals into my diet and vegetables are my favorite food group! This cookbook would be amazing to have!

  21. Reply

    Zoe Rose

    February 4, 2018 at 1:30 AM

    These cauliflower steaks are gorgeous. I can’t wait to try them! I’m not vegan – I eat everything – but I am obsessed with vegetables and I love vegan food! Always looking for fun new ways to cook all kinds of veggies. Can’t wait to check out the book!

  22. Reply

    Hope

    February 4, 2018 at 2:25 AM

    This cauliflower steak recipe sounds so good. I love cauliflower and will definitely give this recipe a try! The tahini sauce looks like it would go good with other things as well. I have recently tried to start eating more vegetarian meals for my health and I actually like the taste more. I am trying to incorporate more if these type meals in a very carnivorous household. Wish me luck! Love your blog and recipes!

  23. Reply

    Susan Broughton

    February 4, 2018 at 2:48 AM

    We are trying to eat more vegetables. My daughter loves veggies so I guess I was lucky with that.

  24. Reply

    Amanda

    February 4, 2018 at 6:41 AM

    I love veggies and am always looking for new ways to cook them. I eat a grain-free diet so the bulk of my diet is veggies. I love cauliflower but have never tried cauliflower steaks. And anything topped in tahini dressing is a win!

  25. Reply

    Diane

    February 4, 2018 at 7:02 AM

    I’m an avid plant-based cook, predominantly vegetarian and love vegan recipes, too. Gena’s Food52 Vegan is in my kitchen right now with several recipes earmarked!

  26. Reply

    Fern

    February 4, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Hi. I’m the only one in my home that’s vegan but I’m always trying to add more veggies into my family’s diet. Going to try this beautiful recipe tonight. Thank you!

  27. Reply

    Carrie smith

    February 4, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    These look delicious! I’ve been vegan since July, and I LOVE veggies! My husband and boys aren’t vegan but they’re about 80% there :)

  28. Reply

    ali

    February 4, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Not a vegan but LOVE my veggies! This book looks perfect :)

  29. Reply

    Heather Elizabeth

    February 4, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    I’m a happy vegan who loves to cook. This book would be so much fun to have!

  30. Reply

    Eileen

    February 4, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    You know, I never do cauliflower steaks either, but I do love roasted cauliflower so I should probably I should give it a try. Especially with all those beautiful herbs and that dressing! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  31. Reply

    Molly

    February 4, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    I’ve been vegan for about 6 months now so any new and exciting recipes to try is always a plus! I also enjoy learning about and trying out so many delicious and tasty plant and flavor combinations. I love being able to create such impressive fancy restaurant worthy meals! Thanks for all your help!

  32. Reply

    Beth

    February 4, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Have made cauliflower steaks but never with the lemon tahini dressing. I will definitely try this one. YUM! The recipie looks delicious and your pictures are terrific!

  33. Reply

    Ruby

    February 5, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    Just beautiful! I haven’t made cauliflower steaks yet, but since I adore roasted cauliflower I am pretty sure I can easily get on board. Also, anything with a lemon tahini sauce is practically perfect in my opinion. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! xx

  34. Reply

    manda

    February 5, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    I am not vegan but I would like more recipes to let me cook that way.

  35. Reply

    Emily

    February 5, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    How simple and yet strikingly gorgeous! Such perfectly golden roasted cauliflower. I’m going to have to work on my cauliflower game. It sounds so completely satisfying with that lemon tahini dressing, and I couldn’t agree more that Gena’s books would be an inspiring addition to anyone’s collection of cookbooks. Not entering the giveaway, just wanting to say hi.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      February 5, 2018 at 8:56 PM

      Hi sweet friend! xx

  36. Reply

    shannon

    February 5, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    My family tries to eat vegan as much as possible and we are always looking for new entree ideas.

  37. Reply

    Jordyn Gehret

    February 5, 2018 at 7:56 PM

    Jimmy and I have been eating lots more vegetables and LOVING it. Always looking for fresh, creative ideas!

  38. Reply

    Amanda

    February 5, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    My sissy and her wife are vegan! Sometimes I get stuck in a rut making them them the same things. I can’t wait to share this recipe with them.

  39. Reply

    Alexis

    February 5, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Definitely not vegan or even vegetarian but your recipes always inspire me to look beyond my usual recipes and I love incorporating more plant based recipes into my life!

  40. Reply

    Beth

    February 5, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    My husband and I are vegetarian, not vegan—but we’re both happy to eat vegan much of the time. I love Gena Hamshaw’s writing on Food52 (and will check out her blog now that I know about it!). This cookbook looks fantastic!

  41. Reply

    Mikka

    February 6, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    I don’t consider myself a vegan or even vegetarian, but I’m trying to love a more plant based lifestyle and need all the tools I can get! It’s been so fun being experimental with food and I love getting new recipes!

  42. Reply

    Carla C

    February 6, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    I very rarely eat meat. I usually only eat fish, beans, and nuts for a protein source.

  43. Reply

    Jayme | holly & flora

    February 6, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    I eat mostly vegan and have loved creating vegan sauces lately. I also enjoyed the Food52 Vegan cookbook and have gifted it to friends before. I’d love to give Gena’s book a read and try these cauliflower steaks! And took your survey, babe!

  44. Reply

    Cassy

    February 6, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    I lean towards vegan, but mostly just like eating veggies as much as I can! Gena’s book sounds so fun. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Reply

    Mollj

    February 6, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    My husband and I have both been vegan for over 8yrs – we went vegan together (we were both vegetarians when we met) and it’s been the greatest decision.

  46. Reply

    June

    February 7, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    We are not vegans but my husband has recently found that he needs to eliminate dairy from his diet. As a result most of our meals are now vegan. This book would be a great addition to our meal planning.

  47. Reply

    Carla

    February 8, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    We are a vegan family. Best decision we have made. This book looks amazing!

  48. Reply

    Emily Wagner

    February 8, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    We’re not vegan at my house, but we have a new baby and are trying to transition to more veggie variety to make our family food culture where we’d like it to be for our son!

  49. Reply

    Susie

    February 10, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    I am the only vegan in my family. I need to be able to cook effiecently for myself and my health. This cookbook would help me keep complete meals on hand while I have to continue to prepare the other meals for the non-vegans.

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