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Simple Broccoli Salad

Updated on November 24, 2012

Being just two days after Thanksgiving, my refrigerator is still packed with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and all of the rest of those beloved holiday leftovers. This afternoon I decided, however, to eat something else besides the usual turkey sandwich - I'm still feeling so full from the past few days of feasting!

One of the few items in my fridge that was not incorporated into some rich and heavy holiday meal is several crowns of fresh broccoli. So I came up with a very simple broccoli salad using a few ingredients and raw veggies and definitely, no cooking! After all, who wants to go back into the kitchen now!

This recipe is very easy and quick and satisfied my craving for something healthy. It has no sugar (because practically everything I've eaten in the past few days was packed with sugar!) and can be served as an extremely light meal or perfect side dish.

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  • 2 Broccoli crowns
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper


  1. Wash and cut broccoli into bite sized pieces. Arrange in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Prepare balsamic vinaigrette by mixing together the balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper in a separate small bowl.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the broccoli and mix well.

This recipe takes 5-10 minutes at the most. As made above, it serves about two people. You can increase the proportions as needed.

Even my kids loved the fresh yummy texture of this salad and my whole family appreciated the break from Thanksgiving leftovers. Today when I made the salad, I used vegetable oil instead of the olive oil and red pepper instead of black pepper, because this is what I had on hand. Red pepper gave it a little kick! So it is a very adaptable recipe. You could easily adapt this to incorporate other fresh vegetables that you have on hand, too. Enjoy!

About the Author:

Kristy Rose loves cooking with fresh, healthy ingredients and always enjoys trying out new ways to feed her family! She is also passionate about writing, especially on Hubpages. If you want to join the Hubpages community, START HERE and you can publish your first article today!


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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I adore broccoli in all forms. Thanks!

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Your recipe has made this healthful veggie becomes more tempting to eat.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great broccoli salad recipe, love it !

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This salad is right up my alley. For thanksgiving , I steamed some mixed veggies and added the same ingredients you did plus a little soy sauce and served it hot. Yours sounds so much more refreshing right now! Thank you for sharing! Up+