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Stepping up our hummus game with this Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus. Store-bought hummus (the easy shortcut no one needs to know about) topped with chili seasoned roasted cauliflower and spicy garlic herb oil. It’s the simplest to throw together, but looks super fancy and tastes even better. Serve with fresh naan or pita chips and everyone will devour this hummus.

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus in bowl with chili oil and naan on the table

Well, look at me go! Two appetizers in a row. I know I don’t share appetizer/snack recipes nearly enough, so I made it a goal to share a few new favorites before Easter this year. And both yesterday’s feta rolls and today’s hummus feel very appropriate for the Easter holiday on Sunday.

Very springy and very delicious!

Hummus isn’t always something my family has loved. They steered clear of it for years, but I think it was because they were doing hummus all wrong. A garlicky bean dip with veggies on the side will ever excite my fam.

They love flavor and spice way too much. So I knew if I was going to entice them that I had to make my hummus a little more exciting.

cauliflower on baking sheet before roasting

Now, here’s my thing with hummus. I know there are purists out there who swear by homemade hummus and homemade hummus only. But I’ve never found it to be worth the effort. Both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have incredible options. So for me, I’d rather just buy it than go to all the extra effort to make it.

So this is my “shortcut” fancied hummus.

Simple, yet so flavorful and colorful.

cauliflower on baking sheet after roasting

The details

Start with the cauliflower. This is actually the heart of this recipe, and where the idea for sharing a hummus recipe started.

I wanted to make an extra crispy roasted cauliflower, but serve it up in a new, fresh way. I love warm veggies atop creamy hummus, so this felt like the perfect fit.

The cauliflower is oven-roasted with spices. By the time it comes out of the oven, it’s extra crispy with just the right amount of char and so much flavor. It’s delicious and one of my favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower.

process photo of herbs in bowl for the chili oil

While the cauliflower is roasting, I love to make a super-fast chili herb oil for drizzling over the hummus. I use lots of fresh herbs…usually a mix of cilantro, dill, and parsley. But honestly, you can use whatever your favorite herb combination happens to be.

I then add some garlic, paprika, chili flakes, sesame seeds, lemon zest, and the smallest amount of honey. The honey is key, it really balances everything nicely. Next, pour over the hot oil and the heat will infuse the flavors into the oil.

hummus in bowl with oil and cauliflower


Grab a nice big serving bowl. A low, shallow bowl is best for hummus. Swirl in your favorite plain hummus, then add the cauliflower, oil, and always finish with fresh herbs!

Lastly, warm naan placed on the side for scooping is my first choice for dipping, and is so delicious. But of course, pita chips and crackers are great too!

hummus with pita in bowl to show that it has been eaten

Looking for other appetizer recipes? Here are some favorites:

Greek Inspired Antipasto Platter

Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs

Charred Baby Bell Peppers with Burrata

Lastly, if you make this Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 539 kcal

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Chili Herb Oil


  • 1. Preheat oven to 425° F. On a baking sheet, combine the cauliflower, olive oil, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until tender. Toss and roast another 10 minutes, until charred.
    2. Meanwhile, make the oil. Combine the herbs, garlic, paprika, chili flakes, sesame seeds, lemon zest, and honey in a heat-proof bowl. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat until it sizzles, 5 minutes. Pour the oil over the spices, stir to combine.
    3. Spread the hummus in a shallow bowl. Add the cauliflower, then spoon over the oil. Serve with pita or chips.
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  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely adore this recipe! I have made it 4 times now, not changing a thing and it’s always a big hit! Thanks for an awesome recipe and for making me look like a professional cook!

    1. Hey there,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your review, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xx

    1. Hi there,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe:) I am so glad it was enjoyed! Hope you’re off to a great Monday! xxT

  2. 5 stars
    You are an absolute queen!
    This recipe is amazing and super simple. My very picky family loved this! I doubled the recipe and expected leftovers….. not a crumb to be saved.

    1. Hey Karly,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it and sharing your feedback! Hope you’re off to a great weekend:)

  3. 5 stars
    Easy and quick to prepare. Delicious too! Fresh Herbs I had on hand was mostly parsley, thyme, a little bit of basil and one chive. Will serve with a grilled portobello next time.
    Def a keeper.

    1. Hey Anita,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for your review:) Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xx

  4. I’d like to make this for a vegan guest on the weekend – could I sub maple syrup for the honey in the dressing?

    1. Hey Nia,
      Sure, that will work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        This went down so well with both my vegan and non-vegan guests – they said it was amazing! I served it with your pita (seeing as the naan has milk and yogurt in) and it was the perfect combination.

        1. Hey Nia,
          Awesome!! Thanks so much for your review:) Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xx

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a few times now as a vegetarian main and it never disappoints! Easy and flavorful, it’s a great weeknight dish.

    1. Hey Amelia,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for your comment and making this recipe. So glad it hear it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper!
    Loved everything about it from the smoked paprika roasted cauliflower to the chili oil drizzle!

    1. Hi Suzanne,
      Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have the best week:) xxT

  7. 5 stars
    I have made these every week and have relentlessly been having this for lunch. Can’t stop won’t stop. This has to be one of my most favorite, easy, go-to, showstopper recipes. I could eat this every day until I die and be happy. That is all.

    1. Hey Shelby,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe, I love to hear that it was a hit! Have the best weekend!💐 xxTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe for lunch today and absolutely loved it. The roasted cauliflower by itself was amazing but the combination with hummus and the sweet/spicy herb oil was even better. I added 1/2 tsp of fennel seed before pouring the oil and sprinkled everything with a bit of lemon juice. Served it with toasted pita and it made for an amazing lunch. Thanks for a wonderful recipe 🙂

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe, I love to hear that it was a hit! Have the best weekend!💐 xxTieghan

  9. Delicious, healthy and very easy to make:) homemade hummus and naan are a fantastic addition. Bon Appetit!

    1. Hey there,
      Wonderful!! Thank you so much for making the recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! Have the best week:) xxT

  10. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday, and it was SO delicious! For herbs I used dill, parley, and rosemary. It was a hit at our gathering!

    1. Hey Mary,
      Wonderful!! Thank you so much for making the recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! Have the best week:) xxT

  11. 5 stars
    I made this for myself for dinner last night (it didn’t appeal to my husband) and I just LOVED every mouthful. I made the mistake of putting the oil in with the herbs rather than heating it up and pouring it over them, so I just added one extra tablespoon of hot oil and it worked out fine. I can’t wait to make it for my sister next time she comes over for lunch.

    Linda (Melbourne, Australia)

    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your comment! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed:) Have a great weekend! xxTieghan