This snack is crunchy, savoury and satisfying. With its creamy and zesty zucchini-tahini dressing, and a little heat from a jalapeno, this cheesy cauliflower popcorn makes the perfect snack for a night in with a movie! Featuring turmeric, garlic, and apple cider vinegar, who says popcorn can't be healthy?


1 head of cauliflower
1 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 small clove of garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp tahini
1 tsp turmeric
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp coconut aminos or Bragg's soy sauce
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
a pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1/2 cup water
1-2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1/2 jalapeno, seeded (optional)
chives - chopped (optional for garnish)


  • Soak 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes and chia seeds (optional) in 1/2 cup water, for 15-30 minutes.
  • Cut the cauliflower into small popcorn-size pieces.
  • Place the zucchini, tahini, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, garlic, salt, nutritional yeast, jalapeno, and the chia seed/sun-dried tomato mixture into a blender.
  • Blend until the ingredients have a smooth consistency.
  • Using a large bowl, mix the dressing with the cauliflower until fully coated.
  • Finely chop the rest of the sun-dried tomatoes and mix them with the cauliflower.
  • Plate and garnish with chives.

Although this dish is delicious raw, for a sweeter, toasted version you can place your dressed cauliflower on a non-stick baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until golden brown. The more deeply caramelized the cauliflower gets, the sweeter it will taste.

Another excellent variation involves using a dehydrator to create a buttery chewy texture!

Recipe created by Jill Richards - Learn more about Jill on our Recipe Developers page! 

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