Broccoli Salad

So Simple, Yet So Healthy

Broccoli has developed a solid reputation for being a nutritional superstar because it’s a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating it regularly may help reduce the risk of cancer, improve bone health and protect heart health. This delicious salad would be great to serve at a summer picnic or potluck.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • To Taste freshly ground black pepper
  • As needed, water


  1. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces then toss in a medium mixing bowl with onions and dried cranberries or raisins.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lime juice, vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Slowly add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you reach a consistency that’s thin enough to pour, yet still thick and creamy enough to coat the broccoli.
  3. Toss broccoli salad with dressing. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds when ready to serve.
Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, LD

About the Recipe Author

Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, LD, is an integrative dietitian culinary nutrition expert with nearly two decades of experience working towards improving the health of others. She is passionate about educating others how to harness the healing power of food and healthful lifestyle changes.