Inside Scoop: This creamy broccoli salad will make a broccoli lover out of anybody.
Not even going to lie to you right now, I may be a nutritionist, but I have no desire for regular or plain broccoli. Even roasted broccoli, I need to season the crap out of it to make it palatable for me. It’s weird, dip it, cheese it, add it to stir fry, broccoli is completely fine. But, thinking of plain broccoli? I just probably wouldn’t even.
No one said you have to like everything right? I’m not one to be a picky eater, but I have my ‘things’- plain tomatoes… not a fan! And even though I work in the nutrition field it doesn’t mean I have to like ALL vegetables ALL THE TIME.
Just because I’m a healthy food advocate, doesn’t mean that I’m not also an advocate for making food taste way better. Heck, we’ve been trying to make food more palatable for thousands of years, so believe me when I say no one should make you feel guilty for not liking the taste of veggies!
This healthy Creamy Lemon Caper Broccoli Salad has it all
I could eat this salad by the bucket full, and it’s totally going to make you change your mind about broccoli. It’s creamy, spicy, sweet, salty, it literally has every single flavour element, perfectly combined into a coleslaw like dressing and drizzled all over kale and broccoli. You can even add other elements like chicken or tempeh, goat cheese or cranberries. It’s really a big bowl of nutrients that’s been masked by delicious creamy salad dressing.
I might not like broccoli plain, but I LOVE delicious salad dressings that change my mind about eating the veggies I’m not massive on.
Then, on top of the taste, there are the health benefits!
Aside from all this flavour talk you gotta get the broccoli in every now and then because broccoli is a superfood for so many different reasons. First, broccoli is incredibly high in some pretty important health promoting antioxidants, such as, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
Not only is it rich in these well needed vitamins, it’s also a great source of key antioxidants called carotenoids.
So to all my broccoli lovers and haters alike, this salad is a great way to get your daily dose of the broc. You’re going to love it for so many reasons:
- Contains an incredibly high amount of Vitamin K
- Rich source of Vitamin C making it a perfect winter salad
- Flavour punch salad dressing: creamy, sweet, salty with a hint of spice
- Liver loving elements
- Friendly on the gut
We’re crushing on Soy-Free Vegenaise for this creamy salad to keep it completely vegan, but you can also go for avocado mayo if you don’t have an issue with eggs, Chosen Foods Avocado Mayo is our favourite brand, and makes you feel so much better about lathering mayo on everything.
And, since cooked broccoli is one of our favourite gut loving foods, we thought we would leave you with this free 25 Gut Healthy Foods list that you can add to your routine today. Also, some of these foods would make this delicious creamy broccoli salad even better!
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Tell us in the comments below what your relationship with broccoli is like!
Creamy Lemon Caper Broccoli Salad
- 5 cups broccoli florets chopped into 1″ pieces (about 1 large head)
- 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and chopped
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup vegenaise *optional, or add in avocado mayo
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes add more if you prefer it to be spicier
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 lemon juiced (about 2-3 Tbsp)
- 1 Tbsp capers roughly chopped
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
Add broccoli and saute for about 5-7 minutes.
Remove broccoli from heat. Meanwhile, whisk all the dressing ingredients together.
Take broccoli and add to kale bowl, add the dressing and toss together thoroughly.
Top with cranberries, raisins, hemp seeds, avocado, chickpeas or anything you'd like.
Recipe Adapted From
Tanya Schultz is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She specializes in children’s and family nutrition. After graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Toronto, she worked with clients at Source Centre for Health and Wellness in downtown Toronto. Tanya recently relocated to Niagara Falls where she provides nutritional consultations in person or over Skype for those not in the area. She also offers plant-based cooking demos, grocery tours and corporate/workplace healthy living seminars. Tanya is a strong advocate of a whole foods, plant-based diet and incorporating home cooking into one’s healthy lifestyle.