Paleo Cilantro Hummus (with cauliflower)

Jul 3, 2020 | Snacks

This Whole 30 & Paleo Cilantro Hummus is made wth cauliflower and rich tahini for a delicious chickpea-free dip that goes perfect with veggies or grain free chips!

This Whole 30 & Paleo Cilantro Hummus is made wth cauliflower and rich tahini for a delicious chickpea-free dip that goes perfect with veggies or grain free chips!

Paleo Cilantro Hummus (with cauliflower)

Three years ago you would have found me either running around waiting tables in Cantina Laredo, or eating Cilantro Hummus in Pita Jungle working on homework and avoiding the shack I lived in on campus. Hummus was my escape, and pretty much the only tasty thing I ate in college (I had a lot of boiled chicken and microwaved green beans in my day.)

Since I stopped eating chickpeas a couple of years ago I’ve been recreating that very hummus with cauliflower and it’s actually become a hit at parties and with my family! So much so that my mom who wouldn’t touch hummus now loves this one. I always keep a jar of tahini on hand so I can whip this up when the moment strikes.

What is Tahini?

Even though tahini is a bit “in vogue” i I have to remind myself that not many people know what it is since it’s not seen in a lot of conventional American cooking. But let me just say that if you thought chickpeas were the star of hummus… you were dead wrong. This show is all about the tahini–a nutty, thick oil with the taste of sesame and the consistency of peanut butter. Liquid gold is also a fair comparison.

How to serve hummus:

If you want to keep this hummus 100% gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30 friendly you can serve it with veggies (I love using cucumbers!) I also love using coconut flour tortillas from the Real Coconut and warming them up a bit! (Code MORIAH10 gets you 10% off!)

The Real Coconut also sells coconut flour chips (I am obsessed with them!) if you want to use some healthy grain-free chips with your hummus, too.  The Himalayan Pink Salt are my favorite kind!

This Whole 30 & Paleo Cilantro Hummus is made wth cauliflower and rich tahini for a delicious chickpea-free dip that goes perfect with veggies or grain free chips!

How to make Paleo Cilantro Hummus without Chickpeas:

The best thing about hummus is how easy it is to make! You just put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, then serve and enjoy! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Cauliflower: this is what you’ll use in place of chickpeas.
  • Tahini: Remember–this is the key ingredient! You can find this at any grocery store– usually grab mine at Trader Joes.
  • Olive Oil: The Olive Oil helps with consistency and adds heart-healthy fats
  • Cilantro: Can’t make cilantro hummus without it! If you’re not a cilantro fan I would try making one of my other paleo hummus recipes instead.
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt

Tips for making the best cauliflower hummus:

  •  Don’t skimp on the tahini! It’s the best part and helps make this truly taste like hummus–and gives that hummus texture!
  • Use a bag of frozen cauliflower—it’s way easier to pop a steamer bag of frozen cauliflower in the microwave than to deal with a whole head.
  • Store leftovers for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

 

Other Paleo Hummus Recipes:

Paleo Cilantro Lime Hummus

COURSE Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME 10 minutes
SERVINGS 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Steam or cook the cauliflower florets until softened -- I steam mine for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to a food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add salt to taste and enjoy!
  3. Top with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve with chips, veggies, or warm tortillas!

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