5 from 10 votes
Zaatar roasted romanesco steaks with lentils and tahini dressing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A hearty meal of za'atar romanesco steaks and lentils served with a tangy yogurt-tahini dressing.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 2 servings
  • 1 romanesco head
  • 1 tbsp za’atar herb
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper freshly ground
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup French (Puy) lentils
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
Yogurt tahini dressing
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice freshly sqeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Cut the romanesco into half inch steaks, leaving the stem at the bottom to hold the florets together.

  3. In a bowl, add olive oil, garlic, and za’atar and mix to combine.

  4. Place the romanesco steaks in a single layer on a large tray lined with parchment paper.

  5. Brush both sides with the za’atar mixture and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping them halfway to ensure even roasting and caramelization.

  7. While the romanesco is roasting, bring a pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat and add the lentils. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.  Once the lentils are tender, drain under cold water, and set aside.

  8. To make the dressing, place the tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine.

  9. When ready to serve, divide the romanesco steaks, lentils, and pomegranate seeds onto salad plates. Drizzle with yogurt tahini dressing.

Recipe Notes

-When picking romanesco, pick firm heads that are heavy for their weight and show no signs of discoloration or sunburn.

-Extra dressing can be kept in a tightly lidded container for up to a week.