Mediterranean Tacos with Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Can’t decide whether you want a Mexican or Mediterranean meal? This tasty fusion recipe gives you the best of both worlds. Start building your tacos by slathering a round of whole wheat pita bread with hummus and piling it high with roasted potatoes and cauliflower. Bright red sumac adds tartness and color to the veggies while cumin and paprika deliver subtle smokiness to call in some Southwestern flair. Once the base is ready, it’s full-on topping time. Garnish everything with a drizzle of lemony tahini dressing, sliced japaleños, crunchy red cabbage, and aromatic cilantro to create an unbelievably delicious cross between a shawarma wrap and taco. Trust us—this recipe really hits the spot when you want to sink your teeth into a hearty, flavor-packed meal!

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By Shelli McConnell,


  • ½ cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ground sumac
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 12 oz. tiny new potatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup oil-free hummus
  • 4 rounds whole wheat pita bread
  • 3 cups shredded red and/or green cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chile, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions
  • Lemon wedges


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil. In a large bowl stir together the first five ingredients (through garlic powder). Add cauliflower and potatoes; toss to coat. Spread cauliflower mixture in prepared pan. Roast 20 to 25 minutes or until cauliflower and potatoes are tender and charred, stirring once.
  • In a bowl stir together tahini, lemon juice, and enough water to reach drizzling consistency. Spread hummus on pitas. Add cauliflower mixture and cabbage. Top with tahini sauce, cilantro, jalapeño, and scallions. Serve with lemon wedges.

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These flavors were surprising and delicious. We're thrilled with it - throw in a Greek Salad and you've got a perfect --and easy!-- lunch meal.

Nancy Berry

This is fantastic. It comes together really easily and tastes amazing. I frequently just have leftovers for lunch, but this has totally uppped my lunch game. Highly recommend!!!

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens test kitchen before moving into an editorial position within DotDash Meredith. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. McConnell loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen. Find her on LinkedIn.
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