From the name alone this seems like an unbelievably simple salad to make. And you know what? It is!

Tired of serving a plain steamed green veggie every night, I decided to jazz up some broccoli with a bit of added color, texture and a sweet sauce. At first I wondered if the kids would just eat the edamame, almonds and cranberries and avoid the broccoli, but they ate every bite and ended up asking for seconds.

I usually have all of the ingredients to make this dish on hand as they're some of my staples. If you don't have them, they're worth picking up for whenever you want to enjoy this easy, yet impressive combination. Since you get a protein, a vegetable and a fruit, it's like a healthy trifecta!

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Broccoli Salad (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Cups Broccoli Florets, steamed
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Frozen Edamame, defrosted
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted Almonds, sliced or slivered

Preparation

1. Place the honey, mayonnaise, salt, and vinegar in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to coat with dressing.

3. Serve.

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27 comments

  • Genia

    Yum! Can't wait to try it! I have made broccoli salad in the past but never steamed the broccoli first... Thanks for all the amazing recipes and meal ideas!!!

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  • Lizajane

    Yum! Making this ASAP

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  • Jeannette

    My 2 year old will love this! How long should the broccoli be steamed?

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  • Jellyjello

    looks delicious! i need to do different things with veggies so this is perfect! thanku!

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  • xJosiax

    I can't wait to try this. Also posted it up on my facebook page. Looks delicious!

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  • Jennifer

    So far 2yo will only eat broccoli swimming in cheese sauce. I bet the sweetness of this could win him over. Plus he loves cranberries! Will give it a try...

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  • Claudia

    For me personally, I like my fresh broccoli florets boiled for 2 and a half minutes...that leaves them blanched at the perfect crispness without the raw taste.

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    • Jeannette

      So glad you posted this Claudia..I was wondering how long to steam the broccoli but I will boil it instead :)

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  • Brandy

    So good! Surprisingly, I had all the ingredients too (yeah me!), so we're eating this right now. My toddler is only eating the cranberries and edamame so far, but that's okay :)

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  • Colleen

    I made this last night and it was a hit. I didn't bother steaming the broccoli but I did cook the edamame beans in the microwave with a bit of water for 3 minutes. I tossed them in with the broccoli while they were still hot which just slightly softened the broccoli. The texture was perfect! I also used cashews instead of almonds just because I like them better : )
    Thanks for a great recipe that will be made often.

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  • Trish

    Oh, my daughter would love this! She is really into robots right now. First day of school lunch will be rice balls. We use sushi rice mixed with shredded carrot and inside is cream cheese, avocado and cucumber. We use a mold to make them so they are in the shapes of a bear, a star and a heart. She loves them!

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  • Michelle Martinez

    Has anyone found organic edamame? Our trader Joe's doesn't seem to carry it...

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  • Reina

    This sounded so good...until I saw the mayo. gross. I don't eat mayo or mw or sourcream...what can I do to sub it

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  • Tamara

    Just made this with my own renditions:

    Nayonaisse for mayo. Almond slivers toasted in pan. Mini wine grapes. rice vinegar and extra honey and a touch of lemon juice.

    Thanks for the recipe :)

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  • Anna

    I made this over the weekend and it was delicious!

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  • Tonia

    Made this yesterday to have for dinner, let it set in the fridge for a few hours. It turned out amazing :) the kids and hubby loved it, never even had leftovers. GREAT recipe. thanks again

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  • Isabel

    Would love to try this but we are not big mayo users in my house so it's not much of a staple for us. Don't really want to buy a whole jar just for 2 tablespoons. Any recommendations for a substitute?

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  • Cheryl

    great recipe. My 2 and 4 year olds loved it. I steamed and then cut the broccoli real small so it would all mix in. You can use plain yogurt for a substitute for mayo.

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  • Amy

    Wanted to make this until I saw mayo. Any suggestions other than fake mayo or yogurt? Would italian sauce go? Thanks.

    LOVE the new site! Congrats!

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    • Catherine

      Maybe sour cream?

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  • Angela

    This was delicious. My three year old loved it too.
    I used nonfat plain Greek yogurt, instead of mayo.

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  • Mary Mills Ritchie

    Would this work without steaming the broccoli? I use your recipes every day, sometimes multiple times a day. My husband and I have a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 6 month old. You are my go to girl! Thank you!!

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