This chopped broccoli salad is tossed in a sweet sauce full of balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and a bit of almond butter. It is finished with toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds for a healthy, gluten-free side dish recipe!
Are you super excited for the cooler weather, too? I feel as if each and each day I watch the weather forecast in anticipation for the first day’s high to dip below 80 degrees. Not quite in our 10-day forecast yet, for Austin, but starting to get pretty close!
This chopped broccoli salad is full of Fall flavors. Crunchy pumpkin seeds, sweet dried cranberries and toasted walnuts are in each and every bite. Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar and almond butter sauce over the top and you have yourself a healthy, gluten-free side dish perfect for the Autumn season.
How is the broccoli prepared in this chopped broccoli salad recipe?
The broccoli used in this recipe is cooked in a method called “blanching.” If you have ever seen a vegetable tray at a party, this is how they all have their vibrant colors… by blanching!
So how exactly do you blanch vegetables?
Blanching is very simple and can be done with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- The first step in the process is to bring a large pot of water to a boil. Enough water should be in the pot to cover the vegetables completely.
- Next, the vegetables (broccoli in our case) is submerged in the water and left there for 2-5 minutes, or until your desired level of “cooked” has been reached. (I left my broccoli in the water for 3 minutes in this recipe.)
- Lastly, the warm vegetables are dipped into a large bowl of ice water for 30 seconds to stop the cooking process.
- Voila! Eat and enjoy your perfectly crisp veggies!
Heads Up in the Recipe!
Make sure you do not pour the balsamic sauce on top of the broccoli BEFORE refrigerating. You will get a very brown, instead of a very green, chopped broccoli salad. Instead, if you would like to eat your broccoli salad at a cooler temperature, refrigerate the broccoli until cooled and then add the balsamic sauce and toppings right before serving.
What are you making this salad for? Weeknight dinner? Family get-together?
I would love to hear in the comments section below 🙂 Happy munching!