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Pre-trimmed cauliflower florets make these romesco tacos an easy weeknight meal you’re going to crave! The sauce is extra tasty thanks to a quick roast of the tomatoes. Whether served in soft butter lettuce or thick, chewy tortillas, these tacos are a MUST-TRY!
- 1 (2-lb [907-g]) bag cauliflower florets
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1½ cups (225 g) cherry or grape tomatoes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 (12-oz [340-g]) jar roasted red peppers, drained
- 1 cup (140 g) raw almonds
- ¼ cup (5 g) fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 head butter lettuce or 10–12 tortillas
- ¼ cup (30 g) pumpkin seeds
- Shredded purple cabbage
- Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C).
- Break any cauliflower florets larger than 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 cm) in half. Put the cauliflower in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper flakes. Gently toss with your hands to coat. Roast for 20 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender with a bit of crunch.
- Put the tomatoes on a second lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 7 to 8 minutes until softened. Add the red peppers, almonds, parsley, lemon juice, oil, sea salt, and garlic to a high-speed blender. Process until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- While the tomatoes finish cooking, wash and dry the lettuce, if using, or wrap the tortillas in foil and heat in the oven. When the tomatoes are finished, add them to the blender. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth.
- Build each taco in a lettuce leaf or tortilla with romesco sauce and roasted cauliflower. Finish with pumpkin seeds and shredded cabbage.
If using tortillas, I recommend a thick corn/wheat-blend tortilla, but regular corn tortillas also work well.
If you happen to come across Romanesco, purple, or yellow cauliflower, it is exceptional in this recipe! Cutting up a whole head of cauliflower will add about 5 minutes to prep time.
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