Crispy Broccolini with Citrus Tahini Drizzle

Broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli. Like broccoli, broccolini is rich in fiber, calcium and vitamins C and K, which are necessary for a wide variety of health functions. More tender and sweeter than traditional broccoli, it makes for an excellent side item with chicken, fish and pasta dishes. The tahini drizzle in this recipe acts as a flavor enhancer and aids the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin K.

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Ingredients

For the broccolini

  • 4 bunches broccolini
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup almonds, shaved or slivered
  • 1 lemon, quartered

For the tahini sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and minced
  • 1/3 cup tahini (well-stirred)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp. ice-cold water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Crispy Broccolini

Crispy Broccolini with Citrus Tahini Drizzle – Serves 4

Instructions
1. On a foil-lined baking sheet, drizzle olive oil over broccolini. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place on top rack under the broiler for about 7 minutes or until the florets are lightly charred.

2. Meanwhile, make the tahini sauce. In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients except water. Add 1 tablespoon of ice-cold water at a time, blending in-between, until you have reached desired consistency for dipping. 

3. Drizzle each serving with a tablespoon of tahini sauce and 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds. Serve with a lemon wedge.

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