A truly delicious recipe for Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad (using no mayo) made with raw broccoli, farmers market veggies and a Creamy Herby Hemp Dressing you will want to drink! (No hemp seeds? Try Cashews! )A delicious, healthy make-ahead salad, perfect for weekday lunches. Easy, packable and full of flavor! Vegan and Keto!
This Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad is so good, it’s actually hard to tell it is vegan! It’s tossed in the most flavorful Herby Hemp Dressing- that you will seriously want to put on everything. The salad is a great way to use those farmer’s market salad turnips or radishes or other stray veggies in your fridge. Anything crunchy, raw and fresh- snow peas, matchstick carrots, jicama, etc…
By the way, my husband couldn’t tell it was vegan- not a clue-and ended up eating up all the leftovers the next day. I was actually a little sad about it.
You know it’s good when you are sad the leftovers are gone. 😉
What I love about this salad is how tasty it is, even a few days after making it. It seems to get even better.
Oh and FYI, if you are looking for more healthy vegan salads to pack up for work lunches make sure to look at these Make-ahead Vegan Salads!
How to make Broccoli Salad
Step one: Chop the veggies
The Broccoli Salad starts with broccoli and the veggies. Add 4 cups of fresh raw chopped fresh broccoli to a bowl. Chop it small!
Salad Turnips are nice here because they are crisp and watery and crunchy- but if you can’t find these, a couple of Turkish cucumbers would suffice.
Radishes add a nice bite- and watermelon radishes are especially pretty.
I love the addition of shredded purple cabbage here-not only a pretty contrast, but also adds good texture.
Thinly sliced red onion adds a nice bite.
Step 2: make the dressing
The great thing about this Herby Hemp Dressing is both Vegan and Low carb.
And it can be used as a dip- see this post!
Step 3 Toss
Then just toss veggies with the dressing, coating everything well. Don’t be skimpy with the Hemp Dressing! Coat those veggies well.
Step four: Let it marinate
Allowing the salad to marinate 15-30 minutes before eating allows the flavors to meld and the broccoli to soften just slightly.
Step five: Garnish!
Serve up the salad with homemade microgreens if you like. An extra burst of nutrients! Broccoli sprouts are one of the most nutrient-dense things we can eat!
Trust me when I tell you how good you’ll feel after eating this. It is energizing and filling.
On the home front: It’s my birthday week, we’re here in Santa Barbara for the winter, and as a birthday gift, Brian got me a wetsuit. I’ve been looking at it for a couple of days nows now, trying to muster up the courage to squeeze into it. Honestly, I’m pretty terrified. Haha! 😉
But, at the same time looking forward to getting this old body back into the Pacific Ocean again, where I spend so much of my time growing up.
I’ve had such grand plans of learning how to surf while being down here, but perhaps I liked the idea of it more than the reality of it. So I’m taking it slowly and signed up for some lessons… I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve heard there are sharks around here, so if this is the last time you hear from me, you’ll have a clue of my fabulous, dramatic ending.
And just so know, it’s been amazing friends. All of it. 🥂
Hope your year is off to a good start.
More broccoli recipes you may like:
- Creamy Broccoli Pesto Soup
- Roasted Broccoli Salad
- Pasta with Broccolini, Preserved Lemon and Chickpeas
- Broccoli Manicotti with Burrata
- Vegan Broccoli & Cheddar & Soup
- Broccoli Quinoa Cakes!
- Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Sauce
- Tofu Stir-Fry with Broccolini and Mushrooms
Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad is so good, you won’t even realize it is vegan! Tossed in a creamy Hemp Dressing- it is easy, healthy and full of flavor! Vegan and Keto!
Herby Creamy Hemp Dressing:
- 1 cup hemp seeds (or sub 1/2 cup cashews)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice ( 2 lemons)
- 2 tablespoon Apple Cider vinegar (or other pale vinegar)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional but tasty!)
- 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley ( or dill or basil, or a combo- and chives are nice too)
- 8 ounces chopped broccoli
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1/4 cup finely sliced or diced red onion
- 1/2 cup sliced and quartered radishes (watermelon radishes are pretty)
- 1 cup sliced (or matchstick) salad turnips ( or sub sliced Turkish cucumber)
- Make the dressing: Place dressing ingredients (except parsly) in a blender and blend until very smooth. If you need a tablespoon more of water to get the blender going- so be it. Add the Parsley. Blend until chopped. Place in the fridge -this is best chilled. You can make this ahead, will last 3-4 days refrigerated. See notes below for cashews.
- Make the salad: Finely chop the broccoli and place in a large bowl -you should have about 4 cups. (Broccoli stems are ok, as long as they are finely chopped.) Add the cabbage, radishes, onion, turnips.
- Add most of the dressing (you will not need all- BUT at the same time, you want this really creamy and coated very generously!) Season the salad with more salt and pepper to taste.
- Before serving sprinkle with hemp or sunflower seeds, add sprouts, parsley leaves and avocado if you like.
Salad will keep 2-3 days in the fridge ( without the avocado).
THE DRESSING WILL MAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED for the salad, but I doubled it here so it blends more easily in a blender.
CASHEW SUB: If subbing cashews, blend cashews and water first until creamy. Then add remaining ingredeints. This works best with a high-speed blender. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, I recommend soaking the cashews in water ( for 4 hours) so they soften.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 122
- Sugar: 2.2 g
- Sodium: 215 mg
- Fat: 9.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 7.1 g
- Fiber: 2.3 g
- Protein: 5.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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