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This roasted broccolini recipe, inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, is one of our favorite vegetarian side dishes. Broccolini is roasted until crispy then served with a creamy tahini yogurt sauce and charred lemons. It's a quick and delicious side dish that's ready in just 25 minutes!
Roasting broccoli or broccolini is by far our favorite way to enjoy it. The oven brings out incredible flavors and the florets become all golden and crunchy.
Inspired by Ottolenghi, this recipe takes simple roasted broccolini to the next level. A savory-sweet tahini yogurt sauce is drizzled on top with a squeeze of charred lemon juice to make everything pop.
It's a healthy and delicious side dish that's easy enough for weeknights yet elegant enough to serve to company, too!
Ingredients for Ottolenghi's broccolini
Here's everything you'll need to make this savory-sweet side dish:
- Broccolini – broccolini is commonly sold as broccolette or baby broccoli. You can also substitute it for broccoli or even rapini.
- Olive oil
- Lemon – either char the lemons in a pan or roast them with the broccolini for a little sweetness and lots of flavor.
- Chili flakes – add more or less chili flakes depending on your desired heat level.
- Sea salt – a good quality sea salt makes a big difference in taste, and it's healthier, too!
- Greek yogurt – plain greek yogurt is what we used, or opt for a dairy-free alternative if needed.
- Tahini – tahini (also called tahina) is a paste made from sesame seeds with a rich, nutty taste.
- Maple syrup
- Sea salt – to enhance all the flavors and make the dish pop!
- Sesame seeds – a mix of black and white sesame seeds, for garnish.
How to make this Ottolenghi-inspired broccolini with tahini sauce
This is a quick, easy, and delicious side dish recipe. Here's how we make it in a few simple steps:
- While your oven preheats, prepare the broccoli by laying it on your baking sheet and drizzling it with olive oil. Make sure the florets are well coated. Top with lemon slices, and a sprinkle of chili flakes and salt.
- Pop it in the hot oven until the florets look crispy, about 15-20 minutes.
- While it cooks, make the sauce by mixing together the yogurt, tahini, maple syrup, garlic, and sea salt. Thin it with water (1 teaspoon at a time) until it's a pourable consistency.
- To serve, arrange the broccolini on a plate, squeeze with roasted lemon juice, and drizzle with tahini sauce. Sprinkle with a few sesame seeds and that's it!
Tips for making perfect roasted broccolini
- For crispy broccolini, make sure not to overcrowd the pan. This is important any time you're roasting veggies. If you pack them too closely together, they'll steam instead of roast and turn out soggy.
- Don't skimp on the oil! It helps make the florets more crispy and brings out the flavor.
- The same goes for salt. It adds a lot of flavor. Opt for a good quality sea salt because it's much healthier than table salt.
- We like to char the lemons in a pan first because we find they get better color and flavor. To save time, skip this step and simply roast them with the broccolini (per the recipe instructions).
Can I make the tahini sauce ahead of time?
Absolutely! The dressing can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. Simply store it in the fridge in an airtight container. When you're ready to serve, bring it to room temperature and thin it with warm water, one teaspoon at a time.
Where can I buy tahini?
Tahini can be found at most grocery stores close to other nut and seed butters. It might also be found in the middle eastern aisle. If you have a middle eastern market in your area, they'll have the best selection.
What to serve with tahini broccolini
This quick and easy side vegetarian dish goes with just about any main, but especially with other middle eastern dishes like sticky harissa honey glazed chicken, roasted eggplant with creamy harissa and pistachios, and najib's special Lebanese cauliflower.
- 2 handfuls broccolini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lemon (sliced)
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the broccolini on a rimmed baking sheet then drizzle the oil over the top, concentrating on the florets. Lay the lemon slices on the baking sheet and sprinkle the chili flakes and sea salt over top of everything.2 handfuls broccolini, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 lemon, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- Roast the broccolini for 15-20 minutes, or until the broccolini florets are crispy.
- While the broccolini is in the oven, prepare the tahini yogurt sauce. In a small bowl mix the yogurt, tahini, maple syrup, garlic, and sea salt. Thin with a little water so it is pourable.½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons tahini, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1 clove garlic, 1 pinch sea salt
- Put the broccolini on a serving plate. Using tongs, squeeze the lemons over the top then drizzle with the tahini sauce. Top with the roasted broccolini and sprinkle with sesame seeds.1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.
This recipe is part of our Best Spring Side Dishes series.