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broccoli salad

Revolutionary Broccoli Salad (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

This is not your typical Broccoli Salad: With quinoa, cherries, and more it's sweet, tart, chewy, and crunchy and will keep all week in the fridge.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch, Salad, Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 458 kcal


  • small saucepan


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 large heads of broccoli, stalk and ends trimmed
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, halved if they are large
  • 4 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, diced small
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup sliced, toasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  • Fill a small, lidded pot and a large lidded pot with heavily salted water and bring to a boil.
  • Cut the broccoli heads into small florets and the stalk into 1/2 inch pieces and reserve,
  • Cook quinoa in the small pot for 10-13 minutes until cooked. We are cooking this like pasta, so don't worry about water to quinoa ratio.
  • Drain quinoa, put back in the pot and cover top of pot with a paper towel. This will help the quinoa get fluffy rather than soggy as it cools since the paper towel absorbs water.
  • When the large pot of water is boiling, blanch all of the broccoli for 5 seconds only, then strain the whole pot into a colander. Run cold water over the broccoli to cool it quickly and keep it from continuing to cook.
  • In a large bowl combine quinoa and broccoli. The quinoa will still be slightly warm, so now is the time to add the olive oil, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add in cherries, cheddar, scallions, almonds, hemp seeds, and a few cracks of black pepper.
  • Let sit, covered, for at least 30 minutes before serving, or refrigerate and enjoy all week!


Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 19gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 785mgFiber: 9gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1465IUVitamin C: 143mgCalcium: 259mgIron: 4mg
Keyword broccoli, chicken salad, healthy, quinoa, vegetarian
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