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Side Dish

Summer Broccoli Salad

Broccoli’s ready to please. Steam or stir-fry it, roast or boil it, bake it in casseroles, or just eat it raw — broccoli rewards you, no matter the method. In a one-cup serving, this nutritional powerhouse boasts 200 percent of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, a good dose of Vitamin A, riboflavin, calcium, and fiber — and contains just 40 calories. It has even been proven to help protect against cataracts, stroke, and many kinds of cancer.

A simple light salad that will accompany any summer meal beautifully. 


3 stalks broccoli
1/2 cup yellow bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
1/3 cup cherries, halved and pitted
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
garlic power, to taste or 1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste


Prep the broccoli crowns and stems: Cut the crowns away from the large stems of the broccoli. Break the crown up into bite-sized florets. Rinse the broccoli florets thoroughly.
Peel and discard the thick outer skin of the stems. Slice the stems or cut them into quarters lengthwise.
Bring steamer water to a boil: Place 3/4 to 1 inch of water in a saucepan with a steamer and bring to a boil.
Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
Remove from pan and place into a large bowl full of ice to cool.
In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Add next 4 ingredients. into the bowl with broccoli.
Pour mixture over the broccoli and mix and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

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The secret to this recipe is that it gets better the longer it sits.


A Military Spouse stationed in the middle of nowhere. Emma loves to cook for her family (while dodging dirty dishes). She is blessed to be a stay at home mom with 3 kiddos. She is passionate about cloth diapering, car seat safety, breastfeeding, homeschooling, frugal living, babywearing, and her Christian faith. More Molly Messy than Susie Homemaker, she has been trying to improve her housekeeping and related skills.

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