Creamy Broccoli Salad

Creamy Broccoli Salad is a mayo-free healthy version of the traditional broccoli salad. The creamy dairy free sauce is made with tahini and nutritional yeast. The raisins are swapped for super antioxidant goji berries which add a nice sweetness to the salad. This creamy broccoli salad is light and delicious and can be enjoyed warm or cold.Creamy Broccoli Salad by @JesseLWellness #broccoli

Health Benefits of Broccoli

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and kale are famous for their anti-cancer properties. Broccoli contains phytonutrients that deactivate estrogen metabolites that promote tumour growth and they prevent cancerous cells from moving to other parts of the body. Broccoli has a sulfur compound that boosts liver detox and moves potentially cancerous substances out of the body more quickly. On top of all the cancer-fighting properties, broccoli has a lot of calcium which builds strong bones and antioxidants that specifically protect the eyes.

Creamy Broccoli Salad by @JesseLWellness #vegan

I like to soak the onions in water before adding them to the Creamy Broccoli Salad to remove the harsh bite of the onions while maintaining the flavour. When you are cooking the broccoli,  be careful not to overcook it because it will become limp and it will lose 50% of its nutrients. If you are serving the Creamy Broccoli Salad immediately, place the broccoli in the serving bowl. If you are serving the salad cold, place the broccoli in an ice bath to stop the cooking. The sauce for my Creamy Broccoli Salad should be quite thick, but if it is too thick you can add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

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Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe

(vegan, gluten free, paleo)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serving size: 4 sides

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets and diced ends ~ 6 cups
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup goji berries
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • Water *as required

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice the red onion and place in a bowl of water to soak until the rest of the salad is ready, this will neutralise the astringent flavour.
  2. Cook the broccoli in a steamer basket by gently steaming it over boiling water for 5 minutes or until just tender. Once the broccoli is cooked, submerge it in an ice bath to stop the cooking if you are not serving immediately.
  3. To make the sauce, place the garlic in a food processor and pulse until minced. Add the tahini, nutritional yeast, paprika, mustard powder, turmeric, salt and pepper, apple cider vinegar and oil then pulse until silky smooth. The sauce should be quite thick, but if it is too thick add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
  4. Place the broccoli and sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with the sauce. Top with the salad with goji berries and pumpkin seeds. Serve creamy broccoli salad warm or chill before serving.
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Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe (vegan, gluten free, paleo)
Author: 
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
 
Creamy Broccoli Salad is a mayo-free healthy version of the traditional broccoli salad. The creamy dairy free sauce is made with tahini and nutritional yeast. The raisins are swapped for super antioxidant goji berries which add a nice sweetness to the salad. This creamy broccoli salad is light and delicious and can be enjoyed warm or cold.
Ingredients
  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets and diced ends ~ 6 cups
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup goji berries
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • Water *as required
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice the red onion and place in a bowl of water to soak until the rest of the salad is ready, this will neutralise the astringent flavour.
  2. Cook the broccoli in a steamer basket by gently steaming it over boiling water for 5 minutes or until just tender. Once the broccoli is cooked, submerge it in an ice bath to stop the cooking if you are not serving immediately.
  3. To make the sauce, place the garlic in a food processor and pulse until minced. Add the tahini, nutritional yeast, paprika, mustard powder, turmeric, salt and pepper, apple cider vinegar and oil then pulse until silky smooth. The sauce should be quite thick, but if it is too thick add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
  4. Place the broccoli and sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with the sauce. Top with the salad with goji berries and pumpkin seeds. Serve creamy broccoli salad warm or chill before serving.

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8 Comments

  1. sunidhi on May 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hi, This looks very yummy and mouth watering. definitely i will try and let u know. you have described it really good anyone can follow it . thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  2. Montecristo Travels (Sonja) on May 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Loving this site! We are planning a sailing trip around the med – we leave May 1st 2015. There are a thousand things to do – but one of the most fun has been coming up with delicious foods we can make that don’t require much cooking! It’s easy to boil water … but full on kitchen cooking is tricky at best on a sailboat. Plus with the heat … ugh. SO … this is going to be tried and if it is as good as it looks in the travel cookbook we are creating for ourselves! The sauce is what caught my eye! Plus I LOVE goji berries and see it far too rarely used in recipes.

  3. 10 Recipes to Pack More Veggies Into Your Meals on December 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

    […] Creamy Broccoili Salad from Jessie Lane Wellness. Speaking of ruts, I tend to just automatically steam my broccoli or toss it in a stir fry.  Sometimes I forget how great broccoli is raw. I love a good broccoli salad and I can’t wait to try this one (oh, and it’s dairy-free!). […]

  4. […] 18. Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe It often gets overlooked that vegetables make up a big part of the Paleo diet. That’s why it’s a great idea to learn how to make broccoli salad in several different ways, since broccoli is one of the best vegetables you can eat. What’s fun about this salad is they use different ingredients than other salad, items like goji berries and pumpkin seeds. There are also some great spices like turmeric and paprika that will keep you coming back bite after bite. […]

  5. Megan on August 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Looking forward to making this-it looks delicious and healthy!

    • Jesse Lane Lee, CNP on August 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Megan! I’m actually making it tonight to bring to a BBQ.

  6. Heather Anne Harris on February 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Is this gluten free?

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