Broccoli salad, can be vegetarian, great little side meal to any dish! fantastic for summer


  • 3 large heads of broccoli cut into bit sized pieces (stems and all)

  • (Optional) 8 slices of short cut bacon, diced

  • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes, halved or 3 medium ripe tomatoes, diced

  • 1-2 spring onions, finely chopped

  • Half a clove of garlic, peeled and finely cut or grated

  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard

  • 6 tablespoons of extra Virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar

  • Salt and pepper

  • (Optional) 1 fresh chilli, finely chopped or a pinch or chilli flakes

  • (Optional) 150g of feta cheese, cut into cubes


  • 1.

    In a small saucer fill with water and add a pinch of salt, turn stove to medium heat and wait until boiling.

  • 2.

    Use a small knife to remove the broccoli florets and cut them up into smaller bit sized pieces. You’ll be left with the stalk, so discard the thick dry base, and then cut the remaining stalk in half length ways and finely slice.

  • 3.

    Blanch your broccoli florets and slice stalks really quickly in boiling salted water for 60 secs, just enough to soften them. Drain them. Then spread it around a clean towel to steam dry. Once completely dry transfer to a serving dish.

  • 4.

    Fry the bacon on a medium heat until crisp and golden, then spoon most of the bacon bits over your broccoli. Any leftover fat in the pan it can be used in your salad dressing. Pour it into a separate mixing bowl with the garlic, mustard, olive oil and vinegar and whisk.

  • 5.

    Once nicely mixed taste and decide how much salt and pepper you would like to season it with.

  • 6.

    Add the sliced tomatoes and chopped spring onion to your broccoli and bacon bits. Dress it all very well, and check the seasoning. If it needs pimping up add some vinegar. Its beautiful on its own or served next to any grilled or roasted meat or fish.

  • 7.

    (Optional) Add feta cheese or chopped chilli.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 721kj
  • Fat Total 52g
  • Saturated Fat 16g
  • Protein 29g
  • Carbohydrate 43g
  • Sugar 12g
  • Sodium 1667mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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You can easily add mushrooms, finely cut capsicum, even halloumi cheese ! It's whatever your heart desires, you can make it vegetarian, vegan, or add more meat to it! It's easy to manipulate to your favourite foods and it can be eaten on it's own or as a side dish!

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