Fresh, crunchy, and full of flavor: this broccoli chopped salad is the perfect way to eat your veggies and liven up any summer meal! Jump to the recipe here, or read on.
Broccoli might just be one of the most under-appreciate vegetables I can think of. It’s the poster child for picky eaters. Its name has become synonymous with words like “icky,” and parents have dreaded their children’s reactions to it for generations. It is forever cast aside and looked down upon. Under-rated, and under-served.
It seems to me, we need to rethink this humble veggie. In fact, I’m not even sure where all the broccoli-hate comes from. Even as a child, I’d happily munch on raw florets, or take seconds if they were nicely steamed or sauteed. Melted cheese or ranch dressing was a bonus, not a requirement.
Where did the notion that broccoli is bad come from, anyway?
Now a’days, I rarely go to the store without buying a bunch of broccoli. It’s so quick to prepare, and with a bit of roasting or sauteeing it becomes tender, sweet, and downright addictive. I’ve been known to eat an entire pan of the stuff, roasted in the oven with nothing but a little olive oil and salt, or crunch away on an entire stalk of it raw.
As much as I love it, though, I do tend to fall into the same old routine. Roasting, stir-frying, steaming… it’s always on the side, or a component of, a dish, but never the star.
Well, broccoli, here it is: here’s your time to shine. This salad is all about you.
This recipe comes straight out of my latest cookbook love: Pure Delicious, by Heather Christo. If you aren’t familiar with Heather’s blog, you’re missing out on some amazing eats. Her recipes are all gluten-free, and cater to many other allergies and sensitivities, too. In fact, I believe every recipe in the book is nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, as well, which is no small feat.
Now, you might be looking at me funny and thinking “why would you want a allergen-free cookbook when you don’t have any allergies?” and I’ll tell you: because the recipes are delicious. I kinda want to make every recipe in this book, and the fact that it caters to those with sensitivities just mean more people can enjoy them. There are tons of recipes for breads and desserts and such in there, too — the fact that I chose this recipe to start with is just a sign of how much I love broccoli.
This salad checks every box for healthy summer eating: it’s light, flavorful, and comes together in minutes. No turning on the oven or stove required, which is a bonus for those of us who suffer from NACS (No Air Conditioning Syndrome). The tahini vinaigrette is a simple, throw-it-all-in-the-blender kind of dressing that adds a punch of bold flavor, and the sweetness of the fresh pomegranate seeds brighten the whole thing up. If you’ve never had these juicy gems in a savory dish before, you are in for a treat!
What’s your favorite way to eat broccoli? Let me know in the comments below! (Oh, and for more of Heather’s recipes, I highly recommend giving her book a look-see. You can find it on Amazon, here.)
- 4 cups finely chopped broccoli stems and florets
- ½ cup finely diced red onion
- ½ up pomegranate seeds
- 2 TBSP tahini
- 1 garlic clove
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt
- 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
- In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, red onion, and pomegranate seeds.
- In the blender, combine the tahini, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. Puree until smooth and then season with salt.
- Pour the tahini dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and sprinkle the salad with toasted sesame seeds. Serve at room temperature or chilled. (I found that leftovers keep well in the fridge for up to a few days.)
For my tutorial on how to open a pomegranate, CLICK HERE.
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