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.

Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
25 min


  • 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
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • 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