Lemon Tahini–Smothered Broccolini 
with Crunchy Seeds

The long, slender stems of broccolini are completely edible, so don’t ditch them. Add a serving of whole grains such as freekeh, bulgur or millet to complete this vegetarian meal, or serve the vibrant greens alongside grilled fish or chicken.
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Lemon Tahini–Smothered Broccolini with Crunchy Seeds

Lemon Tahini-Smothered Broccolini with Crunchy Seeds

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 tbsp unsalted 
sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1½ tbsp chia seeds (TRY: Navitas Organics Chia Seeds)
  • 1/3 cup tahini paste
  • 1½ tsp finely grated lemon zest + 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 
bunches (7 oz each) broccolini, trimmed, or 
14 oz broccoli crowns 
cut into long slices with stems attached


1. In a small skillet on medium, 
toast sunflower and sesame seeds, 
stirring frequently, until golden, 
3 minutes. Add chia; set aside. 

2. In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, ¼ cup boiling water, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and cayenne until smooth. Whisk in olive oil 
and set aside. (NOTE: If mixture is very thick, add more water to 
adjust consistency.) 

3. In a steamer basket over boiling water, steam broccolini until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Arrange broccolini on a platter. Drizzle with tahini dressing and sprinkle with toasted seed mixture.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 246
  • Carbohydrate Content: 14 g
  • Fat Content: 7 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 276 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 9 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 7 g