Broccoli Nut Health Salad

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables! When it’s blended with roasted nuts and a tangy dressing for this recipe, it is especially delicious. This is a great summer salad that will surely delight your tastebuds with a nice balance of sweet and salty flavors. Also, if you are dairy-free, the recipe can be modified to use light vegan mayonnaise to fit your needs.

As an added value, broccoli is loaded with vitamins A, C and K. It’s also packed full of calcium, folate, iron, and antioxidants. Broccoli also provides plenty of fiber, which aids indigestion and helps you feel fuller longer.

Bring this salad to your next outdoor gathering as a side dish or a main dish—it will be a hit!

To Healthy Eating!

Melissa

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Broccoli Nut Health Salad

A crunchy salad with a delicious, flavorful dressing!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Anytime!, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine All American
Calories 262 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Broccoli Crowns Chopped in small pieces.
  • 3 Tbsp Extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Mayonnaise Regular or vegan mayonnaise.
  • Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard Spicy brown mustard can work as well.
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup Or honey, if preferred.
  • 1 medium Garlic Clove Minced, or 1-2 Tbsp pre-minced garlic.
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt To taste.
  • cup Red Onions Finely diced.
  • cup Dried Cranberries Low/no sugar preferred.

Roasted Almonds with Tamari & Smoked Paprika!

  • ½ cup Almonds Raw.
  • ½ cup Pepitas Or lightly-salted pumpkin seeds.
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari Sauce Or substitute with Bragg Liquid Aminos.
  • ½ tsp Maple Syrup Or honey.
  • ¼ tsp Smoked Paprika To taste.

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, place the almonds and pepitas, then add the tamari, maple syrup, and smoked paprika. Mix well.
  • Spread the almond and pepita mixture in a thin layer over the parchment-covered baking sheet. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. They tend to get crunchier the longer they cool!
  • Chop the broccoli florets into half-inch pieces. Rinse stems and dice into quarter-inch pieces.
  • Whisk olive oil, mayo, apple cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the chopped broccoli, red onions, and cranberries to the mixture, and toss to coat.
  • Toss the almonds and pepitas into the salad. Reserve a few to sprinkle on top.
  • Salt and pepper to taste!

Notes

Melissa's Modifications:
Options and modifications are noted in the recipe ingredient listing. This salad is delicious as-is, too!
I have previously added Healthy Noodles that are low in calories, high in fiber, low in carbohydrates, and have no fat.
There are several similar products such as Miracle Noodles , Zero Noodles or  Konjac noodles. Konjac is an herb, also known as glucomennen. Grown in Asia, its a tubular like part of the stem that grows underground. It is very rich in fiber and is used as a gelatin substitute to thicken or add texture to food. Manufacturers often use it to make high-fiber dietary supplements, jellies, and flour. It has also been used in traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It may even assist in weight loss. 
If you want to add protein to your salad, modify by serving grilled chicken skewers or tofu on top!
Nutritional Values: 1 Serving 262 calories; 21g Fat - 2.2g Sat Fat; 0g Cholesterol; 182g Sodium; 15g Carbs; 5g Fiber; 4.4g Sugar; 7.5g Protein.