Asian Inspired Broccoli Salad

My brother and sister-in-law had us over for the 4th of July. They had a marvelous cook-out with tons of delicious picnic foods. While all the food was noteworthy, there was an Asian Broccoli Coleslaw that was really good. Since we had a TON of broccoli to use up, I thought I’d try my hand at my own “version.”

After lots of recipe reading, I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for. Eventually I decided to adapt this recipe. Adapted recipe is as follows:

  • Asian Inspired Broccoli Salad
    • Ingredients
      • 1 head of broccoli (I used everything, including the stalk and stems)
      • ½ of a medium sized onion, chopped
      • 1 package of oriental flavored Ramen noodles
      • A couple handfuls of raisins
      • ¼ c sliced almonds
      • 1 T sesame seeds
      • 1/8 c butter
    • Dressing
      • ¼ c apple cider vinegar
      • ¼ c extra virgin olive oil
      • 2 T soy sauce
      • ½ T sesame oil
    • Directions:
      • Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Since I was using organic broccoli, I steamed it for 3 minutes to kill off any “hitchhikers.” If you’re not using organic broccoli, I think you can skip this step.
      • Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Melt butter in a bowl. Break up the ramen noodles into bite sized pieces and mix into butter, along with the almonds and sesame seeds. Spread mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
      • In a small box, mix together vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, and oriental noodle flavor package. Add noodle/almond mixture in.

      Noodle mixture

      • In a large bowl, mix together broccoli, onion, and raisins.

      • Add dressing and toss. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.

I thought this recipe was delicious. P’s comments were that there was too much vinegar and in his opinion it wasn’t “Asian” enough. I thought I was making the recipe healthier by leaving the sugar out and substituting raisins instead, but apparently the combination/ratio of cider vinegar to sugar is what makes it Asian inspired (at least according to P).

Next time I make it I’ll add in the sugar, for P’s benefit. Hopefully it’ll pass the “taste test” then! What’s your favorite broccoli recipe?

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6 thoughts on “Asian Inspired Broccoli Salad

  1. I have a really simple broccoli salad recipe – I’ll have to check on measurements and get back to you … but the really basic version calls for broccoli, red onion, mayo, sugar and vinegar. Optional items are bacon and shredded cheese.

    • Oh yes – I know that one and it’s delist! P’s mom introduced it to me several years ago. I actually think I made it for one of Mike’s bacon parties, hehe. I’d love to try out your version too – send it over when you get a chance. 🙂

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