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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

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


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. I have made this a few times, and I love it. I always make my hummus and throw a handful of chopped peanuts on top.

  2. 4 stars
    This was a win in my house with the roommates! Only change I made was to make a basic homemade hummus.
    I would make it again!

    1. Hey Heidi,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it and your feedback! xT

    1. Thanks Beth!! You can make this entire recipe in advance and keep in the fridge. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

  3. 5 stars
    I keep coming back to this one. It’s inspired! I’ve made it many times. Great recipe; delicious and looks fabulous too!

  4. 5 stars
    I use this recipe as a main dish. Instead of one appy I divide the hummus, cauliflower and oil among individual bowls and serve with a scoop of couscous. Sometimes fried halloumi or vegetarian sausage as well. So good! Thank you!

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was a hit! xx

    1. Hi there,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a lot for making it! xT

  5. 5 stars
    I cooked this tonight, and even though I had no fresh herbs… it was utterly delicious! Thank you.

    1. Hey Angela,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that you have been enjoying this recipe and appreciate your notes and feedback! xT

  6. 3 stars
    Oil is not great. Too sweet. Cauliflower has nice flavor, but in total it’s just cauliflower on top of hummus.

    1. Hi Karisma,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear it was not enjoyed! xx

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious, Tieghan! It was filling enough to have as a main course. Will definitely make again!

    1. Hey Diane,
      Happy Monday!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it! xx

  8. Outstanding! Hit on all the flavor notes. Brought to a neighborhood party and it was first thing to disappear! Thank you for well written recipe!

    1. Hey Wendy,
      Happy Monday!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it! xx

      1. Your recipes continue to blow minds! Enjoyed chipotle salmon bowls tonight. You inspire my coooking!

    1. Hi Zuzanna,
      Happy Friday!!🌸☀️ I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for trying it and sharing your review! xx

  9. 5 stars
    This is so delicious! My husband says it’s his favorite thing I make, so thank you for making me look good. 🙂 Really delicious and I can’t wait to make for those in my life who are vegan.

    1. Hey Alicia,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xT

    1. Hey Tara,
      Happy Wednesday!!❄️ Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, I am so glad it was a hit! xx