Today’s recipe is not only healthy but tasty, and it can be served as a side dish or as a whole meal! Dense in cruciferous vegetables and jam packed with flavor, this recipe will leave you and your friends wanting more.

Before we jump into the recipe, let’s do a little breakdown on the crucial benefits broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables can have on women who are dealing with PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome). High fiber foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts can help combat insulin resistance by slowing down digestion and reducing the impact of sugar on the blood. Lowering sugar and increasing insulin can help fight against symptoms of PCOS. Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies are rich in indole-3-carbinol, a beneficial compound that can help the body reduce levels of excess estrogen which can often occur with PCOS. So not only is this dish tasty, it can also help women combat PCOS which is the most common cause of female infertility in the US.

Broccoli Tahini Salad

Serves 3 to 4


6 cups broccoli (about 3-4 large broccoli crowns) finely chopped and blanched
½ cup minced red onion
1 chopped medium-sized cucumber
½ cup chopped parsley
2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
1 clove minced garlic (or measure with your heart)
Juice from 1 large lemon
5 Tbsp. tahini paste
3 Tbsp. water
3 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper

Prepare broccoli by finely chopping and blanching.
Chop red onion, cucumber, and parsley.
Combine broccoli, red onion, cucumber, parsley, and hemp seeds in a large bowl.
In another bowl, combine lemon juice and tahini paste, and whisk with a fork. Add the water slowly as you mix. When combined, tahini mixture should coat the back of a spoon.
Mix in olive oil and garlic, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour dressing over top of broccoli mixture and mix well. Best served after resting in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to let flavors combine.

Recipe Tip:
If broccoli isn’t your favorite veggie then try using cauliflower or brussel sprouts as a replacement. As mentioned above these two options are great for combating PCOS as well as being just as tasty!

October 04, 2022 — Bianca Shah