Doesn’t this Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe look so festive and fun with the pomegranate seeds? I’ve been waiting all year to share this delicious, healthy, vegetarian Thanksgiving/Christmas/Holiday/anytime side dish! All you need is ten minutes and a handful of simple ingredients.
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Everyone brings hot sides during the holidays. Well, this year we’re going to be the sunflower in a field of roses. We’re bringing a unique balance to the table this Thanksgiving, Christmas (or whichever holiday you’ll be celebrating) with this super flavorful broccoli salad recipe. It’s served cold, and there is no cooking involved, which makes it the perfect make ahead side dish to save you some time on a busy day full of cooking.
Jon and I absolutely love it and have made it many times. We were just having a conversation about my broccoli salad recipe, and I was thinking…didn’t he come up with the idea to add pomegranate seeds? Neither of us fully remember; however, I did want to give credit where credit is due (if applicable). 😉🖤
EASY VEGETARIAN BROCCOLI SALAD RECIPE
A lot of broccoli salad recipes call for bacon, but this one doesn’t even need it. Many also call for dried cranberries; however, I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit (I love the taste but hate it getting stuck in my teeth – same with candy). In this recipe, the fresh pomegranate seeds replace the dried cranberries, adding a nice crunch and a pop of delicious sweet and sour juice!
The juicy pomegranates paired with nutty walnuts, spicy red onion, vinegary and creamy honey mustard dressing (which can be made vegan with vegan mayo), and of course, broccoli, make for an amazingly easy, healthy, side dish with the perfect balance of flavors.
IN SEASON FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
It’s the perfect time of year for this recipe because it is smack-dab in the middle of harvesting season for pomegranates, which is important if you want fresher, tastier and more nutritious produce.
Although broccoli and walnuts are available year-round in the grocery store, they do have a period when they are at their peak freshness (broccoli October-April, and walnuts: September-November). Not only are these ingredients tastier during their peak season, but it’s also an impactful way to eat more sustainably!
BEST EVER SIMPLE BROCCOLI SALAD DRESSING
This healthy broccoli salad dressing is the best ever because it’s so flavorful (sweet, tangy, creamy, a little spicy) and made ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry. Those ingredients are:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt & Pepper
In a small food processor (or by whisking), mix the dressing ingredients until well combined.
Place the broccoli, pomegranate seeds, chopped walnuts, and red onion in a mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over and give it a good toss. It’s the perfect amount of dressing, because nobody likes an overdressed salad!
And, there you have it! I hope you and your family enjoy this Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe as much as we do!
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Juicy pomegranates seeds, nutty walnuts, spicy red onion, vinegary and creamy homemade honey mustard dressing (which can be made vegan with vegan mayo), and of course, broccoli, make for the perfect easy, healthy, vegetarian Thanksgiving/Christmas/Holiday/anytime side dish!
- 18 ounces broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup mayonnaise (vegan mayo works too)
- 1/4 cup mustard (such as stone ground, deli, or Dijon)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- PREPARE THE SALAD INGREDIENTS. Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces, dice the red onion, chop the walnuts, and gather the pomegranate seeds. Place it all in a mixing bowl.
- MAKE THE HONEY MUSTARD BROCCOLI SALAD DRESSING. In a food processor (or by whisking), fully combine the remaining ingredients to make the honey mustard dressing.
- COMBINE AND SERVE OR REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT. Toss the broccoli salad dressing with the other ingredients. You can serve the broccoli salad immediately, chill it in the fridge until dinner, or chill it overnight to bring to your gathering the next day! I hope you and your friends/family enjoy this recipe and Happy Holidays to you!
If you’re serving a crowd, you may want to double or triple the recipe depending on the party size and/or the number of dishes being served. You can easily scale the recipe up and down (1x, 2x, 3x) using the tool above!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: 30 Minutes or Less, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
- Method: No Cooking
- Cuisine: American
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