Vegan Broccoli Apple Salad

This Vegan Broccoli Apple Salad is hard to resist. It’s fresh, crunchy and flavorful. It’s a healthier alternative to the traditional Broccoli Salad, often prepared with dairy, granulated white sugar and meat.

This is a quick and simple recipe to prepare using ingredients that you probably have on hand. It’s the perfect dish to take to a potluck, BBQ or to make for a casual dinner party, since it doesn’t get soggy.  

Benefits of Broccoli

It is a very good source of dietary fiberpantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium and copper. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium,omega-3 fatty acidsprotein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium. *

Vegan Broccoli Apple Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium broccoli heads ( florets only)
  2. 1 medium Granny Smith apple, sliced
  3. 1/2 cup raisins
  4. 1/2 cup almonds, slivered
Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup of vegan mayo
  2. 4 pitted Medjool dates
  3. 3 Tablespoons white vinegar
  4. a pinch of smoked paprika
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the broccoli heads into small bite-sized florets. Save the broccoli stalk for another dish (a nice soup or smoothie).
  2. Blanch the broccoli - Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the broccoli florets. Cook 1-2 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want the broccoli ( see notes). Transfer the broccoli to an ice bath ( large pot of water with some ice cubes). After 2 minutes, drain it well. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, apple, raisins and almonds.
  4. In a high speed blender, add all the dressing ingredients and process for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to mix well.
  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. If you blanch the broccoli for one minute, it will turn bright green and crunchy. Two minutes will cook the vegetable through but still firm. More than two minutes, the broccoli will get mushy. I would suggest setting up a timer.
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Resource: The World’s Healthiest Foods

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