Who knew a Broccoli Crunch Salad could be so intriguing?! This recipe came together as a result of ingredients I had in the fridge and pantry.
WHAT IS BROCCOLI CRUNCH SALAD?
Broccoli Crunch Salad is whatever you make it to be! Essentially, it's a broccoli salad with added crunch. I've added the "crunch" in two forms, walnuts & pine nuts. I implore you to be creative with your crunchy additions!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO MAKE THIS SALAD
Lots of love!!!
and a couple ingredients as well!
Regarding the vegetables, you'll need
- Broccoli florets
- Yellow pepper
- Shiitake mushrooms
- Toasted pine nuts
- Toasted walnuts
- Red onion
- Olive oil
For the dressing you'll need:
- Olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Salt & Pepper
- Fresh garlic
HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI CRUNCH SALAD
Begin with blanching the broccoli. I like to cook the broccoli in boiling water for only 2 minutes, then use a slotted spoon and shock the broccoli in a bowl of ice water. This will slightly cook the broccoli and enhance the bright green color.
Next, pan-sear the mushrooms. I like to use shiitake mushrooms because they have such a distinct texture and cook really nicely. If you don't have shiitake mushrooms, use any mushrooms you have on hand!
Toast the pine nuts in the leftover oil from cooking the mushrooms.
Make the dressing! Simply combine the ingredients in a bowl or container and whisk or shake until combined. I highly recommend using the fresh garlic in the recipe!
Assemble the salad. Add all the veggies, nuts & dressing to a large bowl and toss until veggies are well coated in dressing. Ready to serve!
COMMON QUESTIONS FOR THIS RECIPE
Can I substitute the walnuts and pine nuts with a different nuts? Absolutely! This is a CRUNCH salad, so feel free to substitute your favorite crunch nut. You can even consider adding terra chips to add a unique crunch.
Do I need to blanch the broccoli? I highly recommend blanching the broccoli for optimal crisp, yet cooked texture/flavor & for the brightened color. If you're really in a pinch, this salad will work well with raw broccoli - but I still prefer it cooked, personally.
Can I swap in a different vegetable in place of yellow peppers? Yes!! I made this salad with ingredients I saw in my fridge, so the same should apply to you. Feel free to swap in a red pepper, raw zucchini, or other delicious veggie add-in.
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