ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SIDE DISH – ROASTED BROCCOLI + ALMOND SALAD

For all you broccoli haters out there, here is the dish that will make you see the light.

And if you’re already a broccoli lover, you’re in for a TREAT.

The secret to this dish is roasting the broccoli; instead of getting something mushy and watery, we end up with a nutty, textural, rich vegie that partners perfectly with some zesty lemon and crunchy almonds.

Now, because we are Nufit, we have to say this: the cranberries/raisins/honey would normally NOT be recommended nutritionally due to the high sugar content. But this is a great dish to impress at holiday gatherings, so feel free to chuck them in there to elevate the flavour! (…or don’t if you reeeaally want to earn our respect)

Don’t forget to check out our Christmas Special Nutrition Challenge!

Serves 4-6 (double or triple for a big group)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dillImage result for sliced lemons
  • 4 very thin slices of lemon, each cut into 8 tiny triangles – whatever you change about this recipe make sure you don’t leave out the lemon slices. They’re the best part!

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 large lemon)
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, grated on a Microplane or very finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

METHOD:

  1. Preheat your oven to grill (a.k.a. broil/a.k.a. only the top element in the oven on) at 215C. Place the  oven rack on the top shelf. Note: if you cannot control the temperature your oven grills at, place the rack on a lower shelf and keep a closer eye on the broccoli. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roughly chop the broccoli, making sure to include the sweet broccoli stems. You should have around 9 cups. Place 2 cups of the broccoli in a large bowl and the rest on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the broccoli on the baking sheet with the olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Mix it around so that all the broccoli is coated with oil. Pop it in your oven and let it roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the florets are dark brown. Remove them from the oven and put them in the bowl with the raw broccoli.
  3. Put the almonds in a small baking dish and roast them in the oven along with the broccoli until they are fragrant and light brown, about 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and roughly chop them once they are cool enough to handle. Add the chopped almonds, cranberries, dill and lemon slices to the bowl with the broccoli.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour it over the broccoli and toss to coat.
  5. Serve immediately, or let it stand for up to 20 minutes.

Thanks to our friends at theendlessmeal.com for this awesome recipe.

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