You won’t miss the bacon, cheddar cheese and mayo in this fresh and nutritious version of Creamy Broccoli Salad. Bring on the picnic!
Every summer we wait for a little roadside stand not far from here to put out their freshly picked produce, especially the broccoli, which is always huge with tightly packed buds. When it’s available locally we eat broccoli at least twice a week. Often, it’s simply steamed. My love likes to top his with fresh grated parmesan and I enjoy it with just a bit of freshly ground pepper. When we want a grain based broccoli salad, this Quinoa, Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomato Salad is a winner. But sometimes you want to shake things up and have a salad with a beautiful creamy dressing, and this Creamy Broccoli Salad adds just that bit of jazziness.
Benefits of broccoli
- Glucosinolates in broccoli help to promote phase 2 detoxification pathways, to eliminate toxic substances from the body
- It is an excellent source of chromium, which strengthens the action of insulin in metabolism
- Broccoli is a good source of fibre, and protein, and B vitamins including folic acid to support brain health and cognitive function. It also contains a variety of minerals including phosphorous, choline, manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium and iron.
- Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which is an isothiocyanate present in cruciferous vegetables.
- Sulforaphane has been shown to reduce neurodegeneration and increase the lifespan of cells.
- One cup of broccoli contains more than 100% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, making it an excellent choice for supporting immune health and protecting cells from oxidative damage.
- Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is needed to build bone strength and for blood clotting.
- Broccoli is packed with antioxidants to help prevent cancer, cardiovascular and other inflammatory and degenerative diseases.
Dietary fat and fat-soluble vitamins
Dietary fat is needed for absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, like the vitamins A and K in broccoli, so that they can do the work of providing energy and supporting cell function. That’s where the addition of delicious seeds and creamy tahini come in.
Tahini is nothing but ground sesame seeds. It’s like peanut butter only with sesame seeds instead of peanuts. It’s avaiIable in the health food section of most grocery stores. Tahini is one of the key ingredients in hummus. Using tahini is a great way to make creamy dressing without the addition of eggs, mayonnaise or dairy.
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Creamy Broccoli Salad
- 1 large head of broccoli 6 cups of florets
- 1 red apple chopped
- ¼ cup red onion cut into slivers
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup warm water
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Remove stalks from broccoli and separate into florets. Chop florets into smaller pieces if you find the florets bigger than bite size.
- Combine broccoli florets, chopped apple, red onion, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
- Whisk together tahini and warm water. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until combined.
- Pour dressing over salad and mix in. Chill in fridge for at least an hour.