Disclaimer: this is really a salad. I know there is no mention of salad in the title, but it’s vegetables, mixed together with a dressing…. It’s a salad.
I never thought of putting squash on a salad. And I can’t say I ever thought about steaming vegetables before putting them on a salad. But both of these ideas work. The squash adds a creamy texture and surprising bites of sweetness. Lightly steaming brings the best out of broccoli, in my opinion. It’s still crisp, but has far more flavor than raw broccoli. Plus, according to the Whole Living recipe this is based on, steamed broccoli might actually have more nutrients than raw.
The original recipe calls for Delicata squash. After trips to three different grocery stores, I have decided that Delicata squash, in fact, does not exist. But butternut squash does. And it’s delicious and yellow, so we’ll go with that.
Steamed Broccoli and Squash (Serves 2)
1/4 head of broccoli florets
1 to 1 1/2 cups of butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 – 1 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup mixed tender greens (I like the herb salad mixes)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1 tablespoon diced red onion
2 tablespoons of Tahini sauce (recipe below)
Steam broccoli florets until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes (the original recipe says 4 minutes, but I think that’s too long). Remove broccoli and set aside. Steam the squash until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Mix together the greens, cabbage, and onion and divide between two bowls. Divide broccoli and squash evenly between the two bowls. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Drizzle one tablespoon of Tahini sauce over each.
Tahini Sauce (makes 1 1/4 cups; can be stored in an airtight container for a week)
In a food processor, blend 1/2 cup tahini, grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika with 3/4 cup water until smooth. Season with salt.
(Note: the water is kind of important here. If you blend everything and get a thick paste, don’t freak out, just check to see if you actually added water. Who would do such a silly thing? Trust me, it happens.)