Raw Broccoli Brilliance

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Prep Time: 
30 minutes prep time + 30 minutes soak time for cashews
Number of Servings: 
serves 6 as a starter, 4 as a main
Recipe Source: 

From The Perfect Blend by Tess Masters ($19.99, Ten Speed Press, 2016)

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked*
  • 1/4 cup chopped cauliflower florets
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp natural salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Salad

  • 6 cups finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 cups finely diced celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onion (white and green parts)
  • 1 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • Natural salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Optional Boosters

  • 2 cups shelled raw edamame
  • 1/2 cup raw sprouted watermelon seeds
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Directions

  1. To make dressing: Throw all dressing ingredients into a blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. Chill in fridge.
  2. To assemble salad: Toss broccoli, celery, green onion, almonds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds, along with optional edamame, watermelon seeds, and raisin boosters.
  3. Add dressing and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Notes

  • Finely dicing the vegetables is critical, to make sure all the ingredients are uniformly dressed and that you get all the flavors with every bite. The mayo-style dressing is thick, to achieve the “stick to your ribs” effect raw dishes often lack.
  • *Soak the cashews in filtered room-temperature water for 30 minutes in a glass, ceramic, or non-reactive metal vessel.
Nutrition Info: 

Per serving (as a starter and with optional boosters): 715 Calories, 26 g Protein, 47 g Carbohydrates, 16 g Fiber, 51 g Total fat (6 g sat), 475 mg Sodium, ★★★★★ Vitamin C, D, E, K, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, ★★★★ Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), Iron, ★★★
Vitamin B6, Potassium, ★★ Vitamin B3 (niacin), Calcium