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Steamed Broccoli and Squash with Tahini Sauce

Detox Cred: With its special trio of phytonutrients (health-promoting organic compounds), broccoli helps promote and regulate the elimination of toxins from our cells. Steaming the cruciferous vegetable may be the best preparation technique -- research shows it helps lower your cholesterol even more than raw.

  • Servings: 4
Steamed Broccoli and Squash with Tahini Sauce

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Whole Living, January/February January/February 2012


  • 1/2 head broccoli florets
  • 1 Delicata squash, sliced and seeded
  • 1 cup mixed tender greens
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Tahini Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Steam broccoli florets until bright green and tender, about 4 minutes. Remove and set aside. Steam squash until bright yellow and tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. In a bowl, toss greens, cabbage, and red onion. Top with steamed vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with tahini sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Reviews (21)

  • LittleRedFrog 14 Jan, 2014

    PS: I used butternut squash as there's no way I will find Delicata squash in regular supermarkets over here (I live in Amsterdam, NL). It worked just fine!

  • LittleRedFrog 14 Jan, 2014

    I made this recipe 2 years ago when I did this cleanse and loved it.
    I never made it again since then and now that I decided to follow the program again I don't understand why I didn't!
    As I stated before, the combination of the tahini sauce with these vegge is just perfect.
    To be honest, the tahini sauce work pretty well by itself!!
    This time I make this promise to myself: I make it again & again!
    I think I had a little more than what's advised for 1, but hell... it's only veggies after all ;)

  • tinyyogi 13 Jan, 2013

    I too found the taste of the tahini sauce to be very bitter. I did not have apple cider vinegar on hand so I ate this without the sauce--and unfortunately, it was not good. :(

  • ataloss 5 Jan, 2013

    Roast the squash and you will be very happy! Drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, roasted for 20 minutes, flipping over at 10 minute intervals at 450 degrees. Makes the squash very tasty!

  • jamie9793 4 Jan, 2013

    Okay, this recipe was pretty good, even the tahini sauce was better than I had anticipated. It does go quite nicely with the veggies, however the delicata squash threw me off and I think I will try a different squash next time.

  • romaryka 10 Jul, 2012

    OMG this was DISGUSTING. I don't know who thought this up, but it was the worst combination of crisp and mushy, spicy and bland. And raw red onions? Bitter and biting. None of the flavors actually went together, there was no "flavor harmony." Choked it down and will never make it again. The tahini sauce was the only good part.

  • mandajean526 25 Mar, 2012

    I use either acorn or butternut squash in this recipe because I have a hard time finding delicatas at my supermarket. Works well, just requires an extra step to peel the squash. I also very much disliked the tahini dressing on this dish. I tried it the first night and hated it. I found that just drizzling the leftovers with oil and balsamic vinegar and toasted sesame seeds was delicious!

  • LittleRedFrog 29 Feb, 2012

    OH... MY... GOD!
    The combination of tahini sauce with these veggies is just to die for!
    Especially with the broccoli. It's like the two were born to be together.
    And I didn't even have all the ingredients for the dish (so I will do it again with all of it) but only for the veggie with the sauce I would follow this diet program anytime!

  • AllyHow 16 Feb, 2012

    Another success! It was our first time trying Tahini and I was pleasantly surprised! We too added apple cider vinegar, just to break it up a bit.

  • RosietheWonderWoman 16 Jan, 2012

    This is absolutely delicious! I followed the advice to add Apple Cider Vinegar to the Tahini Sauce and I also added some pepper. Amazing! It went so well with the broccoli and squash. I also had to use Acorn squash instead of Delicata because of availability, but I found it to be very similar and still full of taste. I will be making this again for sure!

  • moonblisser 10 Jan, 2012

    This is a FANTASTIC recipe that I will be making regularly in the future. I used acorn squash instead of delicata, and I think any squash would be fine. The tahini sauce is the perfect addition the the squash & broccoli. If you find it too bitter, mess around with adding more lemon juice, olive oil, or spices, and try adding a bit of apple cider vinegar as well.

  • janlprice 7 Jan, 2012

    Really enjoyed this meal and so did my husband. He ate his with pierogi and bacon and a beer though :(.

  • sadahjewelry 5 Jan, 2012

    I LOVED this dinner. I also had to use butternut squash but it turned out great. My detox partner had made it earlier and texted me that it would have been better with cooked cabbage and onions. I steamed the cabbage with the squash and browned the red onions in olive oil and it was amazing.

  • JennyannJ 4 Jan, 2012

    Can't wait to try this recipe, but can not find tahini at the grocery stores near me :(

  • jenniealice 4 Jan, 2012

    The lack of delicata squash is very odd as it's quite abundant here, even at Safeway. This recipe would've been excellent except for the sauce--bitter and had a strange, pungent smell. I could've eaten the steamed squash by itself it was so good. I might, next time, and eat a salad with it on the side: same ingredients, but not all mashed together.

  • Sarah2012 3 Jan, 2012

    I agree with the others that this was too bitter. I can't tell if it was the tahini or what, but my whole family said the sauce was way too bitter to enjoy. I used spaghetti squash though and it was delicious!

  • marikula 3 Jan, 2012

    I thought it came out delicious! I added a little lime juice to the mix because I love lemon/lime. Very comforting and satisfying.

  • Pamela12 3 Jan, 2012

    Makes loads of delicious dressing, hard not to use too much! This wasn't my favorite dinner. I could only get half eaten. Unfortunately my red cabbage was very bitter, I wonder if there's a fix for that?

  • starrylise22 3 Jan, 2012

    Surprisingly the Whole Foods near me said that Delicata Squash is out of season, which was a bit frustrating since this is supposed to be a January cleanse. I decided to use butternut squash too and it turned out pretty well. I'm looking forward to trying it with delicata when it's back in season.

  • kgaief 3 Jan, 2012

    Well, it wasn't my favorite.. I probably didn't do something right though. I found it a little too bitter. I actually used butternut squash instead and really enjoyed that. I think I used to much cabbage though, it was a bit strong.

  • Sunkissedd 21 Dec, 2011

    I couldn't wait for the new year to try this! I made it tonight and it was SO good! The different veggies make every bite super flavorful. The dressing was really good -- a tad bit on the bitter side, so I added a tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar to make it just sweet enough.

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