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Broccolini Salad

Broccolini salad is a simple, healthy recipe that’s loaded with tons of flavors! Ready in just 15 minutes, add your favorite protein to this easy broccolini salad recipe and serve for lunch or dinner.

Top shot of salad with dried cranberries and white beans on plate next to gold fork and sliced lemon.

Broccolini Salad

I always like to have a few staple recipes in my back pocket for summer celebrations and impromptu gatherings, and this easy broccolini salad is definitely on that list! Filled with broccolinis, white beans, almonds and dried cherries, this healthy salad is easy to make and a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Perfect as an Easter side dish or your next backyard BBQ, this healthy salad comes together in 15 minutes or less. Make it a meal by adding in your favorite protein, or serve alongside my Creamy Cauliflower Gnocchi Chicken Soup for your own soup and salad combo at home!

Top shot of broccoli with dried cranberries and white beans on plate next to gold fork and sliced lemon.

Tips & Tricks

  • Add some protein. Like most salads, you can easily beef up this recipe by adding your favorite protein, like chicken, beef or pork. Personally, I like to pair broccolini salad with some kind of roasted meat, as it goes well with the saltiness of the crumbled goat cheese. This salad is also good with leftover rotisserie chicken — great for both meal prep and leftovers!
  • Make a soup and salad combo. Who doesn’t love a nice 2-for-2? Pair this broccolini salad with a nice, hearty soup for a quick lunch or an easy weeknight dinner
  • Change up the ingredients. Not a fan of almonds? Leave them out! Prefer a different type of beans? No problem! Don’t like goat cheese? Swap it out for any nut or feta cheese you like! The best thing about salad recipes is how easy it is to change up the ingredients and customize. 

Top shot of broccoli, white beans, almonds, cranberries and other ingredients laid out on countertop.

Ingredients for Broccolini Salad

  • Broccolini
  • White or cannellini beans
  • Almonds
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Dried cherries or cranberries
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

Step by step photos of how to make broccolini salad.

How to Make Broccolini Salad

Step 1: Blanche. First bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Next chop the broccolini stems in half (keeping the stems long), then add into the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. After that, remove the broccolini from the water and place into a large bowl of ice water (this will stop the broccoli from cooking but will remain tender).

Step 2: Dry. Next pat the broccoli dry and place onto a serving platter or into a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Top. Then sprinkle on the beans, almonds, goat cheese and dried cherries. Toss to combine.

Step 4: Finish. After that, squeeze fresh lemon juice evenly and drizzle a light layer of olive oil over the broccolini salad. Then sprinkle with kosher salt, cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Finally, enjoy alone or with a savory pairing!

Top shot of broccolini with crumbled cheese, toasted almonds and white peans on round white plate.

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Top shot of broccolini salad with crumbled cheese, toasted almonds and white peans on round white plate.

Broccolini Salad


Description

This healthy broccolini salad is simple, quick and loaded with tons of flavors. Add your favorite protein to make it a meal!


Ingredients

Scale

23 bunches of broccolini

1 cup white or cannellini beans

⅓ cup toasted almonds

4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

⅓ cup dried cherries or cranberries

Juice of one lemon

Olive oil

Kosher Salt

Cracked Black Pepper

Red pepper flakes


Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Chop broccolini stems in half (keeping the stems long). Add broccolini into the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the water and place into a large bowl of ice water, this will stop the broccoli from cooking but will remain tender. 
  2. Pat the broccoli dry and place onto a serving platter. 
  3. Sprinkle on beans, almonds, goat cheese and dried cherries on top of broccoli stems.
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon juice evenly and drizzle a light layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt, cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

Notes

  • Add some protein. Like most salads, you can beef up this recipe by adding your favorite protein, like beef or pork. Personally, I like to pair this broccolini salad with some kind of roasted meat, as it goes well with the saltiness of the crumbled goat cheese.
  • Make a soup and salad combo. Who doesn’t love a nice 2-for-2? Pair this broccolini salad with a nice, hearty soup for a quick lunch or an easy weeknight dinner.
  • Change up the ingredients. Not a fan of almonds? Leave them out! Prefer a different type of beans? No problem! Don’t like goat cheese? Swap it out for any nut or feta cheese you like! The best thing about salad recipes is how easy it is to change up the ingredients and customize.

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