Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cy's Broccoli Salad

We often make a big batch of Cy's favorite Broccoli Salad to have during the week.  I think this has pretty much become his trademark salad and he often makes it for potlucks and dinners.  It's simple, healthy, and makes a great lunch during the week...another one of those versatile recipes that can be altered with what you have on hand.

I've always liked broccoli, but I've tended to dismiss it as an "ordinary" vegetable.  Nothing as exciting as say an artichoke?   But did you know that Broccoli has amazing beneficial qualities for your health?  

Like other cruciferous veggies, when you chew broccoli, isothiocyanates are produced.  This byproduct can help eliminate carcinogens in your body before they can cause genetic damage.  Not only this, Broccoli also produces sulforaphane, which has been shown to help repair damage to your blood vessels caused by important for diabetics!  I'm sorry the nerdy science major in me tends to get very excited over information like this...if you want to read more, check out this article.

It's best not to overcook broccoli and lose it's amazing nutritional value, so this salad is the perfect way to get your dose of broccoli. 

Cy's Broccoli Salad

Ingredients (Serves 4):

Broccoli...2-3 small bunches
Grape Tomatoes....1 cup
Basil...a handful
Chopped Nuts...1/2 cup  **I used pecans, but you can use almonds, walnuts, whatever floats your boat!
Dijon Mustard...1 tsp
Honey...1 tbsp
Olive Oil...1/4 cup
White Wine Vinegar...4 tbsp
Lemon Juice...4 tbsp
Salt & taste


1.   Toast Nuts.
2.   Mix Mustard, Honey, Vinegar, and Lemon Juice.  Stream in Oil, whisking constantly. 
3.   Add Salt & Pepper to taste.  Set dressing aside.
4.   Wash and chop Broccoli (including stems) into small bite size pieces.
5.  Halve grape or cherry tomatoes.
6.  Chiffonade (fancy way of saying chop) the basil. 
7.  Toss broccoli, basil, nuts, and tomato mix into the bowl with the dressing.  Toss and let sit in the fridge for at least   30min.

Made some Pork Katsu Curry with shredded lettuce - less carbs than rice;)


  1. I made this two nights ago, and it was a huge hit! So easy and delcious, and I have dressing left over for salads for a few days!

    <3 Ileana

    1. I'm so glad you tried it! We always eyeball the dressing ingredients so I'm really happy to hear the recipe worked out :)


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