This broccoli and edamame salad proves delicious salads don’t have to include lettuce or leafy greens.
Why I love this no-lettuce salad
This salad offers a few benefits worth considering:
- Delicious – If you love that Asian sesame ginger flavor, you’re going to really enjoy this salad.
- Colorful – Lightly blanching fresh or frozen broccoli really brings out the emerald green and goes so nicely with the edamame beans.
- Nutrient Rich – Broccoli and edamame are a nutrient rich combination providing fibre, iron, Vitamin C, A & K, protein, calcium and numerous minerals and phytonutrients.
- Affordable – Use fresh or frozen veggies, depending on the season, cost and availability of ingredients.
Broccoli and Edamame Salad Recipe
Broccoli and Edamame Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
- 4 cups broccoli florets 1lb or 500g (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup frozen edamame beans
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 2 green onions sliced
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 Tbsp grated ginger root
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp hot sauce optional
- Lightly steam frozen broccoli and edamame beans for 3-5 minutes.To steam, place florets and beans in a steamer basket set inside a pot with 1/2 to 1 inch of water.Turn on high for time indicated.
- Immediately after blanching, stop the cooking process by immersing broccoli in ice cold water for 2-3 minutes.
- Drain well. For best results, drain extra well to remove all water from broccoli. You may even want to wrap broccoli in a clean towel to soak up any water. This will allow dressing to adhere better to the broccoli.
- Once dry, cut broccoli florets and stems to even-bite sized pieces if needed.
- Mix broccoli, edamame beans, carrots, sesame seeds and green onions in a large bowl.
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Shake vigorously.
- Pour dressing over broccoli mix.
- Allow to rest for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.
- Before serving, toss well, taste and adjust seasoning as required.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
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