Eating raw broccoli and other raw vegetables is a simple way to boost nutrition and improve digestion. The health benefits of a raw broccoli salad recipe are considerable, from added nutrition to protecting against disease and chronic illness, but raw broccoli can be kinda hard to enjoy. A variety of veggies is a good idea for improved health, so including raw broccoli is a no-brainer. Cooked broccoli is extremely beneficial as well, as long as it’s not overcooked, particularly boiled; in fact, the nutrients in cooked broccoli are actually absorbed more readily by the body, especially lightly steamed broccoli. Consuming broccoli in a variety of recipe methods is best. I’ve found piggybacking on the classic Waldorf salad recipe to be an ideal way of sneaking raw broccoli into my diet. A Waldorf Salad tastes great. Waldorf salad is sweet and healthy and super simple to make, and adding raw broccoli into the mix doesn’t ruin the Waldorf salad at all, just turns it into a super salad. Apples and broccoli? What a vitamin power punch! It is said that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but broccoli keeps everyone away, so that’s better, right?
Ingredients for Waldorf Salad w/ Raw Broccoli Recipe
1 cup diced CELERY
1-2 cups diced APPLES
½ cup chopped
WALNUTS or PECANS
¾ cup MAYONNAISE
1 med LEMON zest and juice
¼ cup dark RAISINS
some SALT and PEPPER
How to make a Waldorf Salad with Broccoli
Broccoli and apples can be two of the potentially dirtiest produce items at the grocery, so wash them well.
- In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and whisk until smooth.
- In a larger bowl, add chopped apple, sliced celery, toasted walnuts, and raisins.
- Add in the dressing and toss the salad as soon as possible, this will keep the chopped apples looking fresh.
That’s all there is to a classic Waldorf Salad recipe, and it’s delicious, but adding a bit of raw broccoli will turn the salad from a semi-decadent dessert salad into a Superfood salad, and it won’t hurt at all; it’ll just be a bit more savory than sweet.
I like to add just the raw broccoli florets. You can chop the broccoli stem into smaller pieces and add into the salad, but why punish yourself?
The broccoli stem will make much tastier and better use in a soup, stir-fry, or casserole.
Add whatever amount of broccoli florets to the Waldorf salad as you like, just be mindful to keep broccoli portion at what food scientists call the “fun ratio”.
Adding broccoli florets to a Waldorf salad is a super tasty way to get kids or people who generally hate broccoli to eat raw broccoli, and enjoy it.
Why Eat More Broccoli?
Broccoli has potential health benefits such as…
- Lots of nutrition with few fat and calories.
- Increased fiber, to lower risks from diabetes, coronary disease, obesity.
- Increased digestive tract health (use your imagination).
- Broccoli packs loads of vitamins, including vitamin C.
- Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K for healthy bones and teeth, although I doubt your dog will be interested.
Some folks like to add broccoli as a pizza topping, but that’s a terrible idea, and I do not endorse it at all.
Give a waldorf and raw broccoli salad recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appétit!
And for another great veggie dish, try this tasty Cauliflower “Potato” Salad.
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