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This Vegan Broccoli Salad is made with lightly steamed broccoli, pumpkin seeds, cranberry raisins, and vegan bacon pieces. You're going to love the lightly sweet dressing as well. It's a perfect salad for your next family gathering or party!
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Vegan Broccoli Salad

Increase your consumption of high-energy foods like this healthy and tasty Vegan Broccoli Salad. It's loaded with sunflower seeds and other tasty morsels.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 162kcal

Ingredients

  • 5-6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup green onion chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Dressing
  • ¾ cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons stevia
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (or ground flax seeds)
  • almond bacon slivers

Instructions

  • Use your favorite steaming method (microwave or stove-top) to lightly steam the broccoli. I steamed mine for maybe 2–3 minutes. Once you've achieved the desired tenderness, remove the broccoli from heat, pour it into a strainer, and run with cold water to stop the cooking process. (Be careful when handling hot broccoli!) I like to put the chopped onion on top of the still warm broccoli. I think it helps to tenderize the onion a bit for the salad.
  • In a small bowl combine the vegan mayo, vinegar, agave nectar, and chia seeds. If the dressing appears a little runny, don't worry. The chia seeds will cause the dressing to thicken quite nicely (besides adding some healthy Omega-3s to the nutrient mix).

Assembling the Vegan Broccoli Salad:

  • Place broccoli, sunflowers, chopped onion, sunflower seeds, raisins, and peas in a large serving bowl. Add the dressing to the salad and toss all the ingredients together to thoroughly spread the dressing throughout.
  • Refrigerate the salad until ready to serve. 
  • When you're ready to serve, prepare the Bacon Almond Slivers (or vegan bacon product...see note below) according to the recipe instructions. 
  • Immediately before serving add the bacon almond slivers (or crumbled vegan bacon product) over the salad and serve.

Notes

Instead of the bacon almond slivers, you can use vegan bacon now found commercially in most stores. Simply cook a few slices according to the package instructions.
We used pumpkin seeds, but you can also use sunflower seeds
Calories and nutritional information is provided for the salad without almond bacon slivers.
To make broccoli cashew salad, substitute cashew cream for the vegan mayo. 

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.9mg