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Broccoli Salad with Sesame Dressing

August 27, 2015

Broccoli Salad with Sesame Dressing

E:  One way to get back on track with your health goals is to make this salad. Broccoli is a superfood. It fights cancer, maintains your metabolism, serves as a detoxifier, is filled with fiber, lowers cholesterol, protects your eyes, it is extremely high in vitamin C, has calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, magnesium, folate, and many more. Studies show eating broccoli decreases obesity, diabetes, heart disease, promotes healthier complexion and hair, increase energy and weight loss. It’s great steamed, roasted, in a soup, raw with yogurt dip.

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. She made it for a get together once and I fell in love. I love the crunch of the peanuts/ pumpkin seeds and raw broccoli; and the acid from the rice vinegar. I like eating broccoli in a form different than typical steamed with salt and pepper. It’s Sam’s favorite vegetable, specially when I make it with beef- ha! 


2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon brown sugar (i used honey)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

⅓ cup peanut oil (i used equal parts avocado and peanut oil)




1 head raw broccoli, chopped

2 green onions, chopped

1 cup nappa cabbage, chopped (I used regular purple cabbage)

½ cup cilantro, chopped

½ cup peanuts, chopped (I used pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds)


Mix salad ingredients in a bowl, add dressing. Let it marinade for at least 15 minutes prior to serving.


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