Don't toss those stems! Broccoli stems are high in fiber and mildly sweet in flavor. Peeled and thinly sliced, they lend a sweet crunch to this healthy broccoli salad. An herb-filled buttermilk green goddess dressing and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds make this salad really special.

Beth Lipton
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019


Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Combine oil and garlic in a small skillet over low heat. Let sizzle for 1 minute, then transfer to a food processor. Add mayonnaise, buttermilk, parsley, chives, tarragon, anchovies, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; process until smooth.

  • To prepare salad: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a large bowl of ice water beside the stove. Add broccoli florets to the pot; cook just until bright green and tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, immediately transfer to the ice water. When cool, drain in a colander and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.

  • Combine the broccoli florets, broccoli stems, and carrot in a large serving bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds.


To make ahead: Refrigerate dressing (Step 1) for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

112 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 11.3g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 4.8g 19% DV; sugars 2.3g; fat 7.2g 11% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 1.2mg; vitamin a iu 2876.7IU 58% DV; vitamin c 70.2mg 117% DV; folate 115.7mcg 29% DV; calcium 61.5mg 6% DV; iron 1mg 5% DV; magnesium 26.7mg 10% DV; potassium 363.7mg 10% DV; sodium 300.9mg 12% DV.

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Quite frankly I couldn't make up my mind whether I liked it enough to make it again. I liked the combination of broccoli carrots and sunflower seeds and found it tastier the next day. Perhaps it was the dressing that put me off a bit. The family thought it was "meh." Read More