8 Broccoli Salad Recipes Perfect for Summer
One of the best things about Tenderstem® broccoli is just how good it is in a delicious summer salad.
Why Use Tenderstem® for a Broccoli Salad?
With Tenderstem®, you don’t need to worry about the stiff, chunky trunk of the florets as you would with regular broccoli. Instead, Tenderstem®’s natural crunch means you can add it raw to any number of salads without wasting any of the stem.
Equally you can quickly and easily cook Tenderstem® depending on what kind of broccoli salad you’re making.
How to Cook Tenderstem® Broccoli for a Salad
Tenderstem® is so versatile that if eating it raw is not your thing, there’s plenty of ways to cook it before adding it to a salad.
- Roast Tenderstem® Broccoli for 12-15 Minutes - Perfect for bringing out all of the super flavours of your Tenderstem® broccoli
- Boil or blanch Tenderstem® Broccoli for 3-4 Minutes - Perfect for warming through and softening the stems ever so slightly
- Griddle Tenderstem® Broccoli for 8-10 Minutes - Perfect for getting that slightly charred texture from a griddle pan
- Steam Tenderstem® Broccoli for 3-4 Minutes - Perfect for warming through the Tenderstem® without losing any of the crunch
Whichever way suits you, there will be a summer salad suited to how you want to cook Tenderstem®. And there's plenty of other ways you can prepare Tenderstem® broccoli for a salad.
What Main Dish Goes with Broccoli Salad?
Sometimes salads are good enough and filling enough to keep you going on their own. But we understand that sometimes they’re better served alongside even more tasty food.
For meat eaters, a broccoli salad goes perfectly with a good cut of beef. Try this Sticky Asian Beef Short Ribs recipe, where a Tenderstem® broccoli salad will provide a vibrant, crunchy contrast to the sweet stickiness of the beef. Or you can even add a Tenderstem® salad alongside a sirloin steak, creating that mouth-watering combo of succulent beef and crunchy Tenderstem®.
For vegetarians, try a Tenderstem® salad with grilled halloumi. Once again the textures combine perfectly, as does the tangy saltiness of halloumi with crunchy nuttiness of the Tenderstem® broccoli.
8 Great Broccoli Salad Recipes
So here’s a selection of our favourite broccoli salads for summer. We’ve taken a look over all of our broccoli salad recipes and picked a wide range, to show you just how versatile your salads can be. There’s broccoli salads with fruit, some with grains and chickpeas and others with culinary influences from across the world. Which will be your favourite?
There is no better summer salad than one that uses the freshest ingredients possible, picked in season. Combine Tenderstem® broccoli with courgettes and peas for a salad that celebrates a glut of green summer vegetables.
Fresh apples will add a sweet and refreshing crunch to your salad. Pink Lady® apples are exactly kind of apples you want to choose to create a summery collision of flavours in this recipe: sweet, savoury and sharp. Al dente Tenderstem® broccoli tossed with Pink Lady apples, watercress and horesraddish sauce. Delicious.
Watermelon adds an unbeatable punch of juicy freshness to any salad. In this recipe, the watermelon combines with feta cheese and mint to complement the natural crunch and nutty flavour of Tenderstem® broccoli.
Much like Tenderstem®, quinoa is a superfood packed with nutrients to keep you healthy. A blend of lemon juice, red chillies, parsley and garlic makes this an unctuous and filling salad, good enough for a lunch or dinner time meal on its own.
One of our favourite chefs who love to use Tenderstem® in the food they cook, Meera Sodha has taken inspiration from Rajasthan for this fresh salad. With Indian spices, there’s minimal work but maximum flavour, meaning you’ll come back to this dish again and again.
Revitalise your body and make your salad a little adventure with this Tenderstem® Buddha Bowl. It’s packed full of veggie goodness including: spiced sweet potato and chickpeas, carrot ribbons, sesame seeds and, of course, delicious Tenderstem® broccoli.
This vegan broccoli salad is both delicious and healthy, combining fresh greens with a zingy dressing. It can be ready in ten minutes. Steam the Tenderstem® for a few minutes and combine with the dressing and slices of cucumber. It really is that simple.