Grilled Cauliflower Pasta With Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Fire up the grill for a cauliflower pasta that will complement any cookout. Lightly charring the cauliflower on the grill adds wonderful smoky flavor and gives the dish a truly satisfying texture.

Grilled Cauliflower Pasta With Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Prep Time

3 minutes

Cook Time

-  

Serves

6 people

Fire up the grill for a cauliflower pasta that will complement any cookout. Lightly charring the cauliflower on the grill adds wonderful smoky flavor and gives the dish a truly satisfying texture.

Shared by Pasta Fits, the National Pasta Association.

Total Time: 30 minutes or less.

Ingredients

Pasta

  • 4 ounces medium shells
  • 6 cups / 1.5 pounds cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika, smoked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup / 6 ounces tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup / 1.5 ounces red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Garnish lemon wedges

Lemon-Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons / 1 ounce tahini paste
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch each salt, pepper, cayenne pepper

Preparation

  • 1 Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • 2 Meanwhile: preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grate well. Toss together cauliflower, oil, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Grill, turning occasionally, for 8 to 12 minutes or until tender and lightly charred.
  • 3 Lemon-Tahini Dressing: stir tahini paste, gradually adding lemon juice and water until smooth. Stir in garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  • 4 In a large bowl, combine pasta and cauliflower; toss with dressing. Stir in tomatoes, onion and parsley. Serve with lemon wedges. Add chopped cucumbers and olives to salad if desired.

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