Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad |

Broccoli has become so popular in Turkey for a few years. It was one of the vegetables Turkish people weren’t aware of.  In the first years when broccoli was seen at markets, people thought that it was very much like cauliflower, just the green version of it. Some people dared to try this new green cauliflower like vegetable and they found it tasteless. Very few people loved it at their first try. Then doctors and media worked together to persuade people to have especially broccoli salad to prevent many serious diseases like cancer and prostate. This campain still continues on social media tools. Today, Turkish people are aware of broccoli benefits, learning how it is healthy make people love it unlike the past when they first tried it and they are trying to find new ways to eat it. Having broccoli salad has become the most common way of enjoying this cute green flower. Doctors recommend not to waste the water in which you boil broccoli when making broccoli salad. You can use it in soup or you can even drink it as it is when cold. I generally add it to soup of that day or I put it in freezer to use it later.

Broccoli Salad
  • ½ head broccoli
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt to taste
  1. Cut broccoli into bite-sized florets. Wash them well.
  2. Fill about a liter of water in a pot and put broccoli florets into it.
  3. Heat it and boil about 10 minutes until tender, but not mushy.
  4. Once it’s done, transfer broccoli florets in a large bowl filled with very cold water.
  5. You can even add ice cubes to make it colder.
  6. Wait florets in this icy water for some minutes.
  7. And drain. It will preserve its bright green color in this way.
  8. Mix extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, mashed garlic, salt and chili powder.
  9. Pour this mixture on broccoli florets, combine them well and it’s ready!
  10. You can serve it with any chicken or meat dish or with fish.


    • says

      What I love most about this recipe is that it’s very easy, so I don’t need to work on it to have a tasty and healthy dish.

  1. says

    Karnabahar da, brokoli de evde çok sık tükettiğimiz sebzelerden. Her ikisini de daha çok buharda pişirmeyi tercih ediyorum ama sonrasında aynı senin yaptığın gibi, bol limon, zeytinyağı ve sarımsaklı sosla tatlandırmayı seviyorum. Ellerine sağlık.

    • says

      Sizin evden hep sağlıklı kokular geliyor o zaman! Ben karnabaharı da bazen aynı sosla salata olarak servis ediyorum, lezzetli oluyor.

  2. says

    We eat a lot of broccoli in my house and this looks like a fantastic way to prepare it! Garlic and broccoli are a match made in heaven, aren’t they?

  3. Kate @ says

    I love this salad, especially to take to get togethers. Have always made it with lemon, but I’ll have to try it with the chili powder – sounds delicious!

  4. says

    Well done! Broccoli does not get enough credit for how good it really is – when cooked right :)

    • says

      We should definitely have it more! I will be experimenting new recipes with it. And I will of course write the results here.

  5. says

    I adore broccoli – I’ll eat it raw, cooked, roasted, in soup, pretty much any way I get it in fact – and this sounds like a lovely, simple way of serving it up. Nice one, Zerrin.

    • says

      I love them too! I feel like I’m eating some lovely flowers when having broccoli. However, I read somewhere that it’s not something good to eat it raw. It is said that it may cause problems for thyroid.

  6. RavieNomNoms says

    Looks fantastic! My boyfriend’s dad makes something very similar to this and it is fantastic!

  7. says

    I just adore broccoli and lemon. I eat it almost every day! I can’t wait to try adding the garlic and chili powder. Thanks for sharing such a tasty side. I hope you had a great Monday…and that tomorrow is even better, my sweet friend!

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