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Steamed Broccoli and Squash with Tahini Sauce


This salad with veggies is quite hearty. Top it with tahini sauce.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Whole Living, 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.

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  • 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!