This Moroccan spiced cauliflower dish is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, thanks to dates and ras-el-hanout spice. Everyone will love this side!

Moroccan spiced cauliflower - Daisybeet

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables to experiment with. It’s become one of the best loved vegetables, because it can easily be transformed to pizza, rice, and even mac and cheese! While I love a good cauliflower crust pizza, roasting it up whole is still so delicious.

This Moroccan spiced cauliflower recipe takes advantage of cauliflower’s neutral palette by packing the flavor! I used ras-el-hanout, which is a traditional Moroccan spice blend. It’s full of warming flavors like ginger and coriander. I also added fresh chopped dates and cilantro. The savory sweet profile of this dish is amazing!

Moroccan spiced cauliflower - Daisybeet

Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage. This group of veggies is particularly healthy, because they contain plant-based compounds called phytonutrients. Cruciferous vegetable consumption and these phytonutrients have been linked to reduced inflammation and may protect against certain cancers.

Main ingredients in Moroccan spiced cauliflower

Moroccan spiced cauliflower ingredients

You’ll need just a handful of simple, whole food ingredients for this dish. I’ve also included easy ingredient swaps that would be just as delicious!

  • Cauliflower
  • Ras-el-hanout: swap for 1 tsp each paprika, cumin, and ginger
  • Medjool dates: swap for golden raisins or dried cherries
  • Cilantro: swap for parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

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Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This Moroccan spiced cauliflower dish is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, thanks to dates and ras-el-hanout spice. Everyone will love this side!

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: bake


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp ras-el-hanout
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 handfuls of cilantro, chopped finely


  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil, ras-el-hanout, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
  3. Roast for 25-35 minutes, mixing halfway through. Cauliflower will be done when fork tender and starting to caramelize on the outside.
  4. Toss cauliflower with dates and cilantro. 


  • If you don’t have ras-el-hanout, sub 1 tsp each ginger, coriander, and paprika. 

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