This Broccoli Salad has a lightly, creamy, tangy dressing. It's fresh, healthy & delicious.
1 pound broccoli crowns
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons mayo
1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
⅓ cup diced red onions
⅓ cup dried cranberries
Smoky tamari almonds
½ cup almonds
½ cup pepitas
1 tablespoon tamari
½ teaspoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, more to taste
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Chop the broccoli florets into ½-inch pieces and any remaining stems into ¼-inch dice. Peel any woody or course parts from the stem first.
In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, mayo, apple cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and salt. Add the broccoli, onions, and cranberries and toss to coat.
Place the almonds and pepitas on the baking sheet, toss with the tamari, maple syrup, and smoked paprika and spread into a thin layer. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes (they’ll get crispier as they sit).
Toss the almonds and pepitas into the salad, reserving a few to sprinkle on top. Season to taste and serve.
*Note: Chop the florets into roughly ½-inch pieces. Dice the stem into smaller ¼-inch pieces.
Broccoli Salad Tips: Want to make the best broccoli salad around? Here are a few simple tips:
Cut your broccoli small. Because the broccoli stays raw for this dish, you want to make sure the pieces are small enough to become fully coated and soften in the dressing. Also, when the broccoli pieces are a similar size to the other ingredients in the salad, you can get a little of everything in each bite.
Let it marinate. This salad is good right after it’s made, but it’s even better after a few hours (or even days) in the fridge. The broccoli softens and absorbs the flavors of the dressing – my family loved it on day three!
Save some nuts for the last minute. Sure, I like to make this salad ahead so that the flavors can develop, but the key to making it great is the super crispy, smoky nuts & seeds on top. If you add them too early, they’ll lose their crunch, so save some to sprinkle on right before serving!