Broccoli Salad

Do you love the broccoli salad in a salad bar? You know, bacon bits, broccoli, cheese and tons of mayo? Well, here’s a recipe with much less fat that tastes even better! Yep…even without the bacon bits and cheese and mayo!

What are you craving when you go for the typical broccoli salad, certainly not broccoli. You are craving fat; which you get in the bacon, mayo and cheese.

This recipe is brimming with good fat that will taste great, satisfy your fat cravings and not pack on the pounds….sunflower seeds and avocado oil. And to give your broccoli salad a zing, how about some organic raisins and mandarin oranges?

You will be surprised when even your non-healthy eaters will like this salad…just don’t tell them it’s healthy!

This Simple Salad has Amazing Health Benefits – tons of nutrition in just about 10 minutes

Broccoli is a health super star! A great anti-cancer food, studies have shown that 3 cups of broccoli a day provides excellent cancer protection. I know thats a lot of broccoli but this delicious salad will make it easier. The high amounts of vitamin K, C and A help your body to utilize vitamin D. Broccoli is also beneficial in the detoxification process.

Sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, the fat soluble antioxidant your body loves. They help to lower cholesterol with plant based phytosterols and they are high in the essential mineral magnesium which facilitates over 300 actions in your body. Sunflower seeds also contain the trace mineral selenium, which helps to repair DNA and protect against cancer. (please use raw sunflower seeds)

Lemon juice and mandarin oranges are packed with vitamin C for your immune system. Both are excellent support to cleanse the liver and neutralize acid in the body. The bright orange color of the mandarin oranges reveals it as an excellent carotenoid, an excellent anti-cancer food.

Avocado oil is a wonderful beneficial fat, high in vitamin E for your brain and your skin. Studies* have also shown Avocado oil increases the bio-availability of carotenoids (mandarin oranges), powerful antioxidants found in yellow, red and orange fruits and veggies. Carotenoids protect and repair the cells and help your vision, your cardiovascular system and your reproductive organs.

References
*March 2005 Journal of Nutrition
Worlds Healthiest Foods

Broccoli Salad

This crunchy sweet and sour salad will keep for 3 days in your refrigerator and is an excellent source of many healthy nutrients. Its always popular at potlucks and picnics too! Ingredients
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups raw broccoli
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 fresh mandarin oranges peeled and sectioned
  • 1/4 cup organic raisins or fresh grapes
  • 1 fresh lemon 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons raw local honey

Instructions

  • Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces
  • Add all ingredients
  • Stir well
  • Best when allowed to marinate at least an hour
  • Broccoli will reach a lightly steamed texture as it marinates

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