Broccoli, Let’s Be Friends

It’s not easy for me to like broccoli. I am a carnivore, and even though I learned to appreciate various vegetables, broccoli hasn’t been among them till very recently. Until I made this salad, that is. Maybe my newly-found taste for it is yet another sign of changing perceptions. As I mentioned before, as you start eating better and lose weight, your preferences change; you become indifferent to many of formerly loved foods, and even grow to loathe some of them. Others, formerly unloved, you learn to appreciate. Or maybe it’s merely a matter of finding how to cook this or that vegetable right, or a combination in which it becomes more palatable.

Whatever the case may be, I am happy to report that I found the salad, which made me and broccoli become friends. Even more good news – it’s exceedingly easy to make. A few minutes is all you need. Cut, mix, and pour dressing on top. Done. Here are the ingredients:

broccoli salad ingredients

And here is the final product:

broccoli salad


  1. Use strawberries instead or in addition to a pineapple
  2. Sprinkle flax seeds (sesame seeds, or any other seeds you happen to have and like) on top
  3. Add chopped chicken breast or fish fillet to turn the salad into a full meal
  4. Bacon bits… mushrooms… shrimp meat… mussels… whatever, really!
  5. What NOT to add – sugar. In any state, shape or form.

The quantities in this salad can vary depending on your tastes. Think of it as a free-wheeling recipe. That said, here is a basic breakdown.  

Broccoli Kale Seeds Pineapple Recipe

 Servings: 4.          Time: 5 min.           Download PDF

  • Broccoli – 2 medium heads
  • Kale, chopped – 1 cup
  • Pineapple, chopped, fresh or frozen – ½ cup
  • Pumpkin seeds – 2 Tbsp
  • Sunflower seeds – 1 Tbsp
  • Cranberries (optional) – ½ cup
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar – 2 Tbsp
  1. Cut the stalk off a broccoli head. Cut the florets into
  2. Chop the kale
  3. Chop the pineapple to ¼ to half-inch pieces
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients
  5. Dress with oil and vinegar and mix well



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