You may have noticed that Five Beans Food is celebrating summer with a season of salads. Here’s another delicious salad that’s simple to make, tasty and super healthy.
The recipe for this broccoli and snow pea salad is one I have modified from an old typed sheet of paper I’ve had sitting in my folder of collected recipes for years. Back in the 1980s my mum and I went to a series of cooking demonstrations put on by the (then) Sydney County Council. I kept the recipes and pull them out every now and again. It’s funny how some recipes seem to capture a certain era but don’t really stand the test of time, whereas others ride the waves of food fashion and emerge as fresh as ever. Surprisingly, most of the recipes in this little collection could turn up in any of the everyday food magazines these days and not seem out of place.
Here’s one which I confess I didn’t choose to make in the 1980s because back then I wasn’t a huge fan of broccoli. We all grow up sooner or later, and now I find myself really enjoying this kind of food. A bowl of steamed green stuff? Yes please!
I modified the original recipe slightly to come up with a simple but delicious green salad. It’s naturally gluten, dairy and nut free. This is a really fresh, tangy and healthy salad to eat on its own or as a side for a more substantial item on your summer plate.
Broccoli and snow pea sesame salad
I realise toasting the sesame seeds is an extra step in the recipe, but it is worth it to bring out the nuttiness and an extra burst of flavour from the seeds. But, watch it! It’s easy to overcook the seeds and they don’t take long to cook. Keep the heat low, stir continuously and watch carefully when toasting them, and remove from the heat as soon as you can smell that toasty aroma and see the colour start to change. Pour them into a bowl to cool and be careful – they will be hot.
I hope you enjoy making this salad and also enjoy how you feel after you’ve eaten it.
For more salad ideas and suggestions on how to make salads a regular thing at your place, read this post here.