Thursday, June 24, 2010

Asian Pecan Broccoli Salad: For Summer Barbecues and Picnics

This Asian Pecan Broccoli Salad is always a hit at summer barbecues and picnics.
Broccoli Salad with Crunchy Noodles and Chopped Pecans

Summer has arrived and so have the invites to summer barbecues and picnics.

We all know an easy dish to bring along is a healthy salad. However a salad consisting of chopped iceberg lettuce with sliced cukes and fake croutons isn’t going to make the cut.

Instead, bring a salad with a bit of pizzazz! My sister brought this Asian Pecan Broccoli Salad to the cottage last summer and everyone loved how it tasted!

It looks interesting, and the lightly toasted noodles taste great with the broccoli, pecans and the flavorful Asian-inspired salad dressing.

It's a salad made for summer! So is the song I heard when I was preparing it, Long Hot Summer by The Style Council.


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Asian Pecan Broccoli Salad

1 bunch broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 green onions chopped (green parts only)
1 tbsp canola oil
1 package (85 g) ramen noodles, crushed (discard seasoning package or save for another use)
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp sesame oil
1 cup pecans or cashews, chopped
¼ tsp red pepper flakes

In a large pot, boil the chopped broccoli in water for 1 minute. Then transfer it immediately to a bowl of ice water to stop it from cooking (this gives it a dark green color). Drain and pat dry with paper towels or use your salad spinner to remove any excess water. In a bowl combine chopped broccoli and green onions. Set aside.

In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add crushed noodles. Cook and stir until noodles begin to brown. Remove from heat and let cool.

To make dressing, in a small bowl whisk together sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, mustard and sesame oil.

Add browned noodles, dressing, pecans and red pepper flakes to broccoli mixture. Toss until coated.

Volume: Makes 6 to 8 servings


  1. I am not such a big fan of broccoli, but the salad looks very good. And I like all the other ingredients, so maybe I will give it a try!
    Yummy pictures, also!

  2. Thanks Anka! - Cauliflower or Chinese Broccoli (not as bitter) might work as good substitutes.