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Broccoli Raisin Salad

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To be honest I haven’t been dabbling around with salad recipes for quite a while.  It’s not that they don’t interest me, I guess I have just been lazy.  When I want a salad I just clean out the fridge and throw something together.  But lately, I have been craving veggies that are adorned in a beautiful setting of multiple ingredients.  Have you ever had the cooked version of the Broccoli Raisin Salad?  It is delicious but if you are wanting to stay raw or just eat better, the recipe below fits the bill and satisfies the taste buds.  The original cooked recipe contains dairy and bacon…you won’t find that here, but you will find flavor!

The other day I made a huge Three Green Salad and this salad.  I dished both up for my sweetheart’s lunch. He ended up mixing the two and FELL IN LOVE with the combination!  So, tonight I got a request to make both salads again so he could mix them together.  It seems to be a huge hit.  Maybe I will make a recipe post that automatically combines the two but for now you can find the Three Green Salad here.

Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2+ hours
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Cold-Press Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp shallot or onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp agave (see below regarding raisin water)
  • 1/2 Tbsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Salad:

  • 6 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins or craisins
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, you can substitute for your favorite nut

Preparation:

Dressing:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender.  Blend till it becomes a smooth and creamy sauce.  This is where soaking the cashews come into play.  They blend so much better and smother when they have been soaked.

Salad:

  1. In a large bowl combine; broccoli, raisins, onion, and sunflower seeds. Toss gently until well mixed.
  2. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix until well cooperated.

Suggestions:

  1. You can soak the raisins in purified water if you want to soften and plump them up.  You could then in return use that “raisin soaking water” in the dressing to sweeten it up a bit.  If you use the raisin water, you might be able to cut out some of the agave.  Just depends on how sweet you like things.
  2. Broccoli – I got a really good deal on a 2lb bag of pre-cut floret broccoli.  This bag will provide 12 cups of broccoli, so if you want to double this recipe this is an easy way to have the right amount on hand.  I went through the bag and cut all the stems off, leaving just the broccoli flower for this salad.  Don’t throw the stems away!!  They work wonderfully in flax crackers or you can just eat them.  The stems actually have a lot of flavor, their just not as attractive.  I love that with raw foods, that there isn’t any waste!

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13 thoughts on “Broccoli Raisin Salad

  1. mom says:

    This is the absolute best tasting salad !

  2. LePeep says:

    Made this one tonight. I love it.
    I see this being a staple recipe for me. I will adjust & tweak future endeavors to make it more my own. Thanks.

  3. ben says:

    Hi, Amie-Sue.

    I was skeptical when I read the ingredients: broccoli and raisin? ! However, I’d been making your recipes for nearly a month, and decided to forge forward placing my trust in you. You didn’t let me down–this is a phenomenal recipe, one we’ll be eating again and again in my house. I even used the broc. stalks–sliced them thin, and they were fantastic. Thank you very much.

    • amie-sue says:

      Shew *wipes brow* hehe Happy to hear that you acted on that sliver of trust in me. :) It is always fun to be surprised like that… it opens a whole new world of flavors to a person. I really appreciate you sharing that though, means a lot Ben. Have a great day, amie sue

  4. Tammy says:

    So excited about this salad! I usually make it with grapes, but all the “old fashioned” recipes call for Mayonaise (I sub with Vegan Tofu Mayo) but this is much better!!!

  5. Kirst says:

    How long will this salad last in the fridge?

  6. Abdullah says:

    Good Afternoon Amie,

    Now I’m eating this salad and I really like it! well done Amie! I also threw the broccoli stems in my juicer which turned out really good! thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    • amie-sue says:

      That is wonderful Abdullah! I love this salad myself. So happy you shared this with me. Have a great evening, amie sue

  7. toncheva svetlana says:

    you make me happy , your site is a great inspiration for me and a refuge from my social isolation.

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