3 Ways to Eat Raw Broccoli

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3 Ways to Eat Raw Broccoli
3 Ways to Eat Raw Broccoli

When we think about eating broccoli, we usually imagine it cooked or roasted. Even though these methods are quite common, cooking broccoli diminishes its nutritional value and crunchy texture. To absorb all the nutrients that broccoli has to offer, how about eating it raw? You can dip the florets into a creamy homemade sauce or make a brightly colored salad for a quick lunch. If you want a crunchy side dish, pair the florets with your favorite meal or with other raw vegetables.


Method 1 of 3: Preparing the Broccoli

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Step 1. Wash the broccoli head with cold water

The cracks that broccoli has can hide dirt and even small insects easily. Place the broccoli head under a cold water tap and run your fingers through it to get the dirt out.

  • If it is very dirty, fill the sink with cold water and let it soak for two or three minutes. Soaking the broccoli will loosen any crusty particles that you couldn't remove. Then rinse again to remove the loose dirt.
  • If you purchased packaged broccoli florets, pour the contents into a colander and rinse the florets with cold water.
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Step 2. Dry the broccoli with a paper towel

Press the paper towel into the broccoli gently until it is completely dry. Cracks can pick up water the same way they do dirt, so turn the broccoli head as you dry it. Drying the broccoli will give you extra traction when cutting later and prevents the sauces you throw from becoming watery when eating.

Do not rub the surface of the broccoli to dry it. Excessive pressure on the bundle of foils can cause the pieces to start to come loose

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Step 3. Use a sharp knife to cut the florets from the main broccoli stem

Do this on a board to avoid damaging your sink, counter or table. Cut the foils until the pieces are about 2 cm long. Remove brown or damaged parts, as they may be rotten. The broccoli may still be wet, so be careful when cutting it.

  • Rapiers are dark green and thick. Each of them will have a small stem or set of stems.
  • Even though the stalks are edible, not everyone likes to eat them raw because they lint or are too hard. Try one of them to see if you want to leave them or not.
  • A medium head of broccoli yields approximately three or four cups (525 to 700 g) of florets.

Method 2 of 3: Serving Suggestions

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Step 1. Try adding spices and herbs to season raw broccoli simply

Broccoli has a simple flavor that can be combined with lemon pepper, salt and black pepper or with stronger flavors such as balsamic vinegar, basil and fresh ginger. These common flavors will blend well with the natural taste of broccoli and can even be combined with other raw vegetables to make a salad.

Other classic seasonings for broccoli are: garlic powder, cumin, curry powder, cayenne pepper, coriander and rosemary

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Step 2. Put a homemade ranch dressing on the florets to add something creamy

When making your own sauce, you can experiment with different textures and consistencies. Add more vinegar to thin the sauce or more sour cream to make it thicker. If you don't have time to make your own sauce, buy a ready-made one and dip the florets in it for a quick snack.

Make a quick ranch dressing by mixing ½ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons ranch dressing mix

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Step 3. Pour lemon juice, olive oil and Dijon mustard into the florets to give them a sour taste

Take a bowl and mix together a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, two tablespoons of oil and the juice of half a lemon. Add the florets of a medium head of broccoli and mix everything together. This simple sauce will give a sour and slightly peppery flavor due to the mustard and lemon.

Put food of different textures that go well with this sauce. Cherry tomatoes or sliced ​​almonds will make the recipe more crunchy, and a clove of minced garlic will add a touch of flavor

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Step 4. Dip the florets into a creamy Greek yogurt sauce for lunch or a snack

Greek yogurt will add protein to your dish, which will keep you full longer. Mix a cup of Greek yogurt, the juice of half a lemon and add your favorite spices. Try different amounts of seasoning to make the sauce just the way you like it. Start with approximately ½ teaspoon of spices and build up from there.

  • Try a mixture of onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, dried dill, and dried parsley to make a smooth-tasting sauce.
  • Try more complex flavors such as a mixture of paprika, fresh chives and chopped garlic.
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Step 5. Marinate the florets to add flavor and soften the texture of the broccoli

Make a simple marinade using lemon juice, oil and salt. To do this, simply place the marinade-covered foils in a plastic bag, seal it, and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or overnight. The ingredients will soften the broccoli and season it completely.

If the lemon marinade looks simple or too bland, then consider making a vinegar-based marinade. Use the medium two-headed broccoli florets. Mix one cup of cider vinegar, one cup of oil and a teaspoon of sugar, dill, black pepper, salt and garlic, and regular salt. Leave the broccoli to soak in the marinade overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy the varied flavors the next day

Method 3 of 3: Combining with Other Foods

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Step 1. Mix a bowl of florets with your favorite protein or fruit to make a simple salad

Since broccoli has a sweeter taste, it can easily replace lettuce in your favorite salads. Use different combinations of fruit with chicken, turkey or any other grilled meat you like. Broccoli salad can be an excellent lunch or dinner to serve for your family and friends.

  • If you want a refreshing salad to eat in the afternoon, grab a head of broccoli and mix it with slices of fresh strawberry, red onion and almonds. Add a sauce made with two tablespoons of lemon juice and ½ cup of mayonnaise. Serve the salad cold and good appetite.
  • If you want a fuller salad to eat in the evening, add pieces of grilled chicken to a head of sliced ​​broccoli and add small fruits like grapes or jabuticaba and crispy sunflower seeds or walnuts. Then mix in a sour sauce made from ¾ cup of mayonnaise, two teaspoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey.
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Step 2. Combine the broccoli with other raw vegetables to make a colorful accompaniment

When mixed with other raw vegetables, broccoli can be used as a simple side dish to full dinners. Place chopped carrots, blanched pea pods and pepper slices into broccoli florets. Then just mix the vegetables with the sauce that prevails in the meal so that everything matches.

Serve the foils and vegetables with grilled chicken and rice. Add soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce or teriyaki sauce to complement an Asian-inspired dish

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Step 3. Transform raw broccoli into a creamy sauerkraut

Make your own sauerkraut and take the opportunity to add different vegetables and fruits. To make the sauce, marinate the broccoli in a vinaigrette or get creative and make your own.

  • For a medium head of broccoli, add three large grated carrots, a cup of sliced ​​red or green cabbage, two sliced ​​onions, and a peeled and diced regular or green apple.
  • Complement the mixture with a hot sauce by mixing a cup of mayonnaise, ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons of grated ginger, a teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, ½ of a Chinese spice blend made from Chinese cinnamon, peppercorns, anise, fennel and cloves and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • Mix the vegetables with the sauce and let it sit in the fridge for two to four hours. When it's time to serve, cover the broccoli with hazelnuts or raisins to make the texture more complex.

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