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air fried cauliflower with tahini sauce and a hand squeezing lemon on top
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Lebanese Cauliflower Tahini (Air Fried Arnabeet Mekle)

Lebanese cauliflower tahini is mildly sweet, salty and sour. The cauliflower is air fried until crispy golden brown and served with a side of lemon tahini sauce known as tarator. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: lunch, mezze, sides
Cuisine: Lebanese
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Janelle Hama


  • air fryer


Lebanese Cauliflower

  • 1 medium Cauliflower head
  • 2 tablespoons Oil any frying oil. You may need a little more or less depending on the size of your cauliflower head.
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt add salt at the end if desired to taste

Taratoor (Tahini Dressing)

  • 1 small Lemon juiced
  • 5 tablespoons Tahini
  • 1 pinch Salt or to taste
  • 5 tablespoons Water


Prepare Tarator (Tahini Dressing)

  • Place tahini, lemon juice, salt, and water in a bowl and whisk together until all combined and a thick sauce is achieved. Set aside.
    1 small Lemon, 5 tablespoons Tahini, 1 pinch Salt, 5 tablespoons Water

Lebanese Cauliflower

  • Divide the cauliflower into florets. The stem and leaves can also be chopped up into large bite sized pieces.
  • In a mixing bowl, add oil and salt to the cauliflower florets and thoroughly mix together ensuring every floret is covered in oil.
    1 medium Cauliflower head, 2 tablespoons Oil
  • Place cauliflower into the air fryer tray and air fry on high for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Ensure the florets are turned every five minutes.
  • Serve with the tarator sauce either on the side or drizzled on top along with extra pieces of lemon. Optional garnish with finely chopped parsley and a pinch of paprika. Serve immediately.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 1106mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 169mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 3mg