Phew. I have just eaten an entire head of raw broccoli on my own. But it was just too delcious! Let me explain:
I think broccoli as an ingredient is highly underrated. It seems quite bland. Unexciting. But its not just a side that you can boil and put on a plate. If you buy it fresh, slice it rather thinly and add a couple of things, broccoli can turn into a wonderful salad. The first time i’ve had broccoli salad was a while back at my parent’s house when my mother tried one of the recipies from The Green Kitchen. The lovely greenkitchenstories are one of Johanna’s and my favourites, and they didn’t dissapoint. This recipe is not only a tribute to them but to my wonderful mum who made me eat my greens in the most loving way. It’s mother’s day everyone – so if you want to make your momma proud and eath your body weight in veg, why not make this salad tonight?
Broccoli and Apple Salad
serves one (me) and two regular eaters
1 head of broccoli, as fresh and firm as possible
2 apples, cubed (I’d recommend Braeburn or any apple with tangy sweetness)
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of toasted coconut flakes or toasted almonds (or a mix of both, if you like)
1 cup of coconut yoghurt (substitute for greek yoghurt blended with 2 TSP of coconut milk – try going for the fatty pulp rather than the juice)
Juice of one lemon
olive oil to taste
Optional: 1-2 tsp curry powder
I topped this up with my favourite curry mix because I fel like it – it added some depth, earthiness and rather Moroccan feel to the dish. If you want to try this version, I’d recommend blending the curry with the yoghurt rather than adding everything to the bowl.
In a pan or oven, toast the nuts/coconut flakes. Slice up the broccoli in fine slices, chop apples and add to a large salad bowl. While you let your toasted nuts cool down, make the dressing. Combine yoghurt, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper (and, if you wish, 1 tsp of mild curry powder) in a smaller bowl and add them to the salad. Lastly, add cranberries and chopped nuts. Now, try not to eat everything at once.