It’s a real surprise that in over two and a half years we’ve never been asked for a broccoli salad recipe. Well, even though you didn’t ask, here it is! Broccoli is just too awesome to deny it any longer. Firstly it’s a nutritional powerhouse with many proven health benefits, and secondly, as veggies go it’s relatively high in proteins (2.8g/100g).
For that reason our vegan broccoli salad suddenly becomes attractive to any vegetarian (or vegan) who doesn’t want to skip the chance of grabbing a few more grams of proteins when they eat their veggies (me, for example). I mean we all want to make our gym efforts count, don’t we?!
My after workout “snack” often consists of this broccoli salad with brown rice. It’s a really tasty way of restoring energy levels. You can also prep the salad as a side to your regular lunch or dinner to make sure you get in enough veg for the day (aim for at least 5 servings of veg/fruit a day).
For some unknown and inexplicable reason, broccoli has a bad rep with children. Which is weird when you think about it, as broccoli are basically just little trees. And we’re pretty sure kids love trees. Maybe this is because we’re normally just way too uninspired to make broccoli fun. Yep, you read that right – I just used “broccoli” and “fun” in the same sentence. As this recipe is here to prove to you.
A few verbivores out there might rail and rally at us for claiming this is a salad even though the broccoli is fried/sauteed for a few minutes. We’ve checked and the Oxford Dictionary states that a salad can consist of cooked veggies too. Therefore I’m right. Ha! Apart from that, raw broccoli is hardly fun to eat anyway (I challenge you to show me a good raw broccoli salad recipe).
Health Benefits – Vegan Broccoli Salad
Guys, forget goji berries, acai berries and all that stuff. Broccoli is the real powerhouse! One cup contains way more than 100% of your daily vitamin C and K needs, plus a whole host of other essential nutrients (1). That’s amazing!!
Also, due to its floret of nutrients (get it?) broccoli is considered to be anti-inflammatory, detox supporting and cancer preventing (2).
All in all, broccoli is a really cool veg that’s worth including in your diet regularly. There’s a reason your mother always told you to eat your greens. Get a tasty broccoli salad recipe under your belt and you’ll be good to go. Maybe start with this one 😉
- 3 cups of broccoli (roughly one bunch)
- 1 tbsp of oil (sesame oil, olive oil)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds,
- a small handful of peanuts
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 2-3 tbsp water
- Salt and pepper for taste
- For the sauce:
- 1 tbsp soy sauce (dark)
- 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- 1 tbsp vinegar (lemon juice is also fine)
- Cut the broccoli into small florets, then wash and rinse these fellas.
- Get a pan to medium heat, add some oil. And in the broccoli goes. Fry for about a minute.
- Add 2-3 tbsp of water and ideally place a lid on top of the pan. Let it saute for another 4-5 mins.
- Whisk together the sauce and slice up the green onions.
- Now add the sauce, sesame seeds, peanuts and green onions to the broccoli. Stir gently for another 2-3 mins.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Maybe some more vinegar.
- Done! Indulge immediately or when cold.
Ever thought about eating broccoli stems? Yep it’s possible and can be pretty tasty. Check out this recipe from the NY Times.
INSPIRED BY: Props go to Joy from Simple Cooking! Completely raw broccoli is not my thing though 😉