A superfood broccoli salad packed with nutrition! You’ve got tender broccoli florets, tons of cranberries, nuts, and seeds all drizzled with the most addicting creamy poppy seed dressing!
This certainly isn’t the broccoli salad you grew up eating!
You know the one with all that bacon, mayo, and cheddar. The kind of broccoli salad that left you feeling quite the opposite of what one assumes they’ll feel when they eat something with that much broccoli in it. I imagine we all hold our heads up a little higher and bask in the afterglow of eating healthy food. Like the Seth Rogen meme. The one where he’s looking over his shoulder, I know you’ve seen it before. 😂
Today’s superfood salad recipe is one that you can feel healthy as heck about eating, and I imagine it’s one that you’ll come back to over and over again this spring and summer season. Speaking of summer, we bought a patio dining furniture this weekend, on a whim! All I wanted to do was head to the store, daydream a little and then face the reality that it wasn’t something we needed as we just wouldn’t get enough use out of it. Things didn’t go exactly as planned. The store had such amazing deals that appealed to my super picky, neutral-loving style that before I could think it through, we were handing over the credit card. Take my money! When it came time to load everything into the car, that’s when it hit me. Um.. how is this even going to fit?
We’re hoping to have it set up soon so that we get tons of use out of it before temperatures are turned up to the ‘roast’ setting. And you can bet that this broccoli salad is going to be on my outdoor dining table from now until the end of summer.
Broccoli is one of my all-time favorite vegetables because there’s so much you can do with it.
Color, texture, and crunch – it’s got it all. I’m still in awe of this salad because we’ve had it close to six times now and every single time I have it, I think this is it. This is the time I’m going to say I’ll hold off on making this salad again. It still shocks me how good it is, and I’m back to making it every few days. It’s perfect for days when you need to throw together something quick that’s full of nutrition and will keep you full for lunch or as a side with dinner.
This salad is a feast for the eyes before it’s one for the belly. If you’re bored of eating the same mundane salads day in and day out, this one is a great alternative. It also contains zero leafy greens. Although you could quick chop some kale or spinach and toss it in if that’s something you enjoy. All those beautiful gem tones coming together on a salad plate. Crunchy broccoli, tender quinoa, and creamy poppyseed dressing.
My broccoli salad is:
Let me tell you about this easy breezy creamy poppyseed dressing. Like I said, no dairy products here. We’re using olive oil, honey, white wine vinegar, a chopped shallot, poppy seeds — and the secret ingredient, a rounded tablespoon of white miso paste! There is zero weirdness with the miso, and it has the best, almost umami-like flavor and makes it extra luscious and creamy. If you’re someone that enjoys making homemade dressing, just double this one right off the bat. I’m telling you, you’re going to wish you had more on hand for other salads throughout the week.
My broccoli salad is one of those rare salads that taste better as they sit, so if you’re serving this later in the day or for lunch the next day, feel free to dress it and pack it for lunch. Anything longer than a day will naturally cause the broccoli to release water thus making it a less than perfect salad experience.
And there you have it! An uncomplicated, protein and veggie packed superfood broccoli salad recipe that you can feel good about eating.
Let your lunch box reward you with this broccoli salad for the week ahead!
A superfood broccoli salad packed with nutrition! You’ve got tender broccoli florets, tons of cranberries, nuts, and seeds all drizzled with the most addicting creamy poppyseed dressing!
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