Our broccoli crunch salad is an incredible side dish that will likely be gone within minutes of making it… it’s that good!
This salad is balanced with sweetness from the dates, crunch and texture from the toasted hazelnuts, and brightness from the lemon, all on a hearty bed of crispy roasted broccoli.
We know that most people think of salads as lettuce-based and covered in dressing. We hope to introduce our audience to the broader sense of the word “salad.”
This is an impressive dish to bring to a dinner party and also makes a great lunch for 2. It’s packed with fiber and protein.
Made with just a few, clean ingredients, this crunchy broccoli salad gets a gold star in our book.
It’s filling, fun to eat, and all-around delicious.
Broccoli Crunch Salad Recipe
Broccoli Crunch Salad
- 2 crowns fresh broccoli
- ⅓ cup raw, blanched (skinless) hazelnuts
- 2 dates sliced thinly (we used medjool)
- 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp avocado oil
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 F°.
- Chop your broccoli into bite-sized florets and rinse well.
- Once your broccoli has dried, place on a baking sheet and coat with avocado oil (or another oil with a high smoke point since this cooks at a high temp).
- While your broccoli cooks, toast your hazelnuts on a low to medium flame in a pan until brown and fragrant.
- Chop dates thinly.
- Chop hazelnuts once cooled.
- Take broccoli out after 15 minutes or until lightly charred.
- Let broccoli cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and squeeze the juice of one whole lemon over the top.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Optional: top with flaky salt.
Broccoli Crunch Salad FAQS
Can you eat raw broccoli in salad?
Yes, broccoli is safe to eat raw in a salad.
We recommend dicing super fine if using this method. It will be more palatable and can more easily absorb any dressing.
Is broccoli healthy for weight loss?
Broccoli contains fiber and protein and is very low in calories and sugar.
It is generally considered a healthy food and included in most weight loss plans.
We encourage speaking with a professional about your personal dietary needs.