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Asian Broccoli Salad

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This Asian broccoli salad is one my family serves all the time.

You are going to love this Asian broccoli salad! It is packed with flavour and as the broccoli is served raw, it’s really good for you too. All you need is about 10 minutes and you can be sitting up to the table to try salad heaven.

That said, this Asian broccoli salad is best when you leave it to marinate for about an hour before taking it to the table.

Asian Broccoli salad

About this Asian broccoli salad recipe.

This is actually my mom’s recipe that she has been making for decades. My wife Caroline and I have changed it very little but we do like to use sesame oil which really brings the flavours together. Like the name implies, this is a raw salad so there is no cooking to do.

Although you could whisk the dressing ingredients together, add the broccoli and serve, this Asian broccoli salad is much better if you allow the dressing coated broccoli to sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

This not only lightly pickles the broccoli but also makes it more tender.

Which broccoli is best for this salad?

Any will do really as long as it’s fresh.

I used a bulk standard head of broccoli but you could get fancy and use long stem or more exotic versions.

Do you not cook the broccoli at all?

Nope. This is a raw broccoli salad. You can literally throw raw, fresh broccoli in the dressing an you’re off.

The dressing helps ‘cook’ the broccoli and makes it much more tender. This is why I recommend letting it soak in the dressing for at least one hour.

If you are in a rush, you could blanch the broccoli in boiling water for about 40 seconds and then run it under cold water. This is not necessary with this Asian broccoli salad recipe though.

How long can you keep this Asian broccoli salad in the fridge?

I my personal opinion, the broccoli salad is best tossed with the dressing and then served within three hours.

You could keep it longer though. I have had it after 3 days in the fridge and it was still very good.

Step by step photographs.

Ingredients for broccoli salad.

Get all your ingredients together before starting. This is an easy one.

Making the dressing in a salad bowl.

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a salad bowl.

The finished Asian broccoli salad

Add the broccoli and stir it into the dressing. It is best to allow the broccoli to sit in the dressing for at least an hour before serving.

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Yield: 4

Asian Broccoli Salad

Asian Broccoli salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 250g Broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 15g dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped


  1. Chop the broccoli into small, bite sized pieces and set aside.
  2. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and add the broccoli. Mx well to combine.
  3. You can serve the broccoli salad immediately or for best results, allow it to sit in the dressing for at least an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 535mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

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