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Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

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Asian Broccoli Salad -- quick and easy to make, and made with a tasty peanut sauce | #vegan

I am on a mission to learn to like broccoli.

And I’d say that I’m about 47% of the way there.

I spent a childhood pushing it around on my plate with a fork, pretending like those “little trees” were part of some enchanted forest that could come to life on my plate instead of in my stomach. But a few years ago, I discovered that I actually liked broccoli cheese soup (ok, really, who doesn’t?). And I have been using that recipe as my gateway into broccoli ever since.

I still would never just choose broccoli off a menu. But if it’s roasted, stir-fried, or souped up, I’m in. And this week, when I needed an extra side dish to go with my favorite slow cooker teriyaki chicken and rice, I discovered a new way that broccoli and I can be friends: with peanut sauce.

Oh my goodness. This might be the first time I have ever gone back for broccoli seconds.

Asian Broccoli Salad -- quick and easy to make, and made with a tasty peanut sauce | #vegan

Speaking of not liking your vegetables, one of my blogging friends is famous for not liking her veggies — Jessica from How Sweet Eats. Some of you may have read all about her in my post featuring her new cookbook. But if you are new to her blog, you will soon find out that Jessica is getting ready to welcome a How Sweet Baby into her world this fall! I can already envision the nursery now, decorated with her favorite sprinkles and neon and bacon (eh?) galore. :)

Seriously, though, it’s so fun to see friends walk into this new stage of life. And this sweet new baby will be lucky to have such a cool, talented, thoughtful, fun, and fiercely-original mama cheering them on.

So today, a group of talented food bloggers are throwing Jessica a surprise virtual baby shower, full of the “trashed up” recipes that she loves. And my contribution is this Asian Broccoli Salad.

Asian Broccoli Salad -- quick and easy to make, and made with a tasty peanut sauce | #vegan

If we must eat our broccoli — and word has it that we must — I’m pretty sure that this salad is the way to go. It is made with 6 simple ingredients, including an easy peanut sauce that is guaranteed to turn just about anything it touches into delicious gold.

PLUS, it can be made in about 15 minutes, or however long it takes your pot of water to boil.


Just chop up your broccoli, blanch it, and then toss it with edamame, peanuts, green onions, and a generous drizzle of peanut sauce.

Asian Broccoli Salad -- quick and easy to make, and made with a tasty peanut sauce | #vegan

And then — Jessica-style — top it with some “sprinkles”. In this case, sesame seeds. :)

Asian Broccoli Salad -- quick and easy to make, and made with a tasty peanut sauce | #vegan


The result is a simple salad that makes the perfect side dish. Or you can even add in some cooked chicken or beef or tofu to turn it into a main dish, and serve it over rice or quinoa. Easy peasy. Or more accurately, easy broccoli-y. ;)

Happy baby shower, Jess!

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Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

  • Prep Time: 14 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


This Asian Broccoli Salad recipe is made with fresh and simple ingredients, and topped with a delicious peanut sauce.



Broccoli Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 cup shelled cooked edamame
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1 batch peanut sauce (recipe below)
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (if you are gluten-free, use GF soy sauce or tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1/8 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 12 tablespoons hot water, as needed to thin the sauce


To Make The Broccoli Salad:

  1. Heat a large pot of water until it is boiling.  Add in the broccoli florets and boil for 30 seconds.  Use a mesh strainer to transfer them into a bowl of ice water, which will immediately halt the cooking process.  Drain.  Then add the remaining ingredients and toss until combined.  Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds if desired.

To Make The Peanut Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined. If the dressing is too thick, whisk in hot water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the consistency you desire.

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154 comments on “Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce”

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  1. I love that you combined the greens with peanut sauce. It looks so healthy and scrumptious! :)

  2. I could eat anything in peanut sauce. Love the edamame for extra protein!

  3. Good heavens this is fabulous. Thanks for participating, Ali!

  4. As usual, you gave me exactly what i wanted! This sounds SO good, I could eat peanut sauce all day! Especially on vegetables! I need to get back into my healthier eating, so this is a great way to enjoy broccoli, thank you!

  5. thank you, thank you, thank you!! XOXO

  6. This looks so amazing! I love anything in peanut sauce!! 

  7. Oooo, What a perfect flavor combination for broccoli salad!  Love it!!!

  8. ali, this is gorgeous!! i am having a serious aversion to veggies right now, but this looks awesome.

  9. I would devour this in no time! Love broccoli salads!

  10. Hmmm, surprised you don’t like broccoli! I have zero issues with broccoli, in fact, any Asian dish without it just isn’t the same, it’s just the star of the show. Love the versatility of the peanut sauce! It can be used for so many recipes, and my husband drinks it when we go out to eat so I guess it’s time to learn to make it. 

  11. This sounds delicious! I  am a huge fan of both broccoli and anything with peanuts, so this is perfect for me.

  12. Amazing!

    Should we put this on a pizza? Oh wait I just read Bev’s post….maybe I’m just still thinking about pizza haha…..though peanut sauce and broccoli could work….maybe a calzone? Ugh all this pregnant talk is making me think like one again. Hey at least its not pickles and ice cream right?

  13. So sweet- congrats to you friend on the baby to come! I’m obsessed with the sound of this recipe. I’m that weird person who loved brocooli as a kid. And I never say no to peanut sauce. Pinning asap :)

  14. These flavors!! I’m on board with all of them. :)

  15. Broccoli is in my top 5 list of foods, looove it!  As one broccoli lover to a broccoli eh-er, this is one tasty looking broccoli dish!

  16. Thankfully, we all love broccoli in this house, but I will definitely be serving it up in a new way very soon! That peanut sauce looks delicious and I can think of so many things to dip it in. Love the sprinkles, too! 

  17. I love that you called the sesame seeds sprinkles. so clever!!

  18. Love how pretty and vibrant this salad is!! The peanut sauce is killer!!

  19. I might me able to choke down some broccoli if it’s covered in delicious peanut sauce. I’m pretty picky about my veggies. 

  20. This sounds so good and I have a feeling it would convince anyone to like broccoli.  I love your version of sprinkles for Jess’ shower! :)

  21. Looks delicious! (coming from a fellow now veggie liker!) :)  

  22. This is my absolute dream! I love brocolli and asian flavours, I wish I could just reach into the screen and eat it all up haha! Will definitely have to give this dish a go, thanks for the inspo! x

  23. Fellow NON veggie liker.  The bright green healthiness must have distracted me from good grammar. :)

  24. This is beautiful!

    So, my secret to liking broccoli is this: chose cauliflower instead. It’s just as good for you. Then, add it to a saffron broth with tons of caramelized onions. Cauliflower soup is just as good for you as broccoli? hehe :)

  25. Personally, I don’t need help eating broccoli.  However, if it involves peanut sauce, I will gladly accept that help.  And making broccoli this way would be perfect for getting my husband to not drown his in butter and salt!  :-)  This recipe sounds like a must-try, and after that a keeper.

  26. That peanut sauce! I’m swooning. 

  27. I LOVE broccoli and this looks awesome Ali!

  28. Yum!  That looks amazing, can’t wait to try it.

  29. Whoa! The colors! Loving this vibrant and simple dish. Thanks, Ali!!

  30. Anything with peanut sauce will have me jumping up and down waiting to try it…even with broccoli ;) This looks absolutely delicious!

  31. What a beauty! Broccoli + peanut sauce = heaven. 

  32. this is such a gorgeous salad!! I’m pretty positive I could eat peanut sauce every day. 

  33. I used to hate brussels sprouts. My mom would make my brother and I try a little of everything and I just hated when it was brussels sprouts so I went cough cough into my napkin and spit them out. I thought I was being slick but when I got older, my mom said she knew the little trick I was pulling off.

    LOVE this salad, Ali! Huge broccoli lover right here so this is perfect for me! :)

  34. Pinned!  I’m making this tomorrow and I doubt there will be any left.  No shame, what-so-ever. haha

  35. Ugh, this looks so gorgeous! I am a HUGE broccoli fan, so I am losing my mind over here.

  36. I actually loveeee broccoli! This looks fabulous!

  37. As a huge fan of broccoli, I think this is a lovely salad. :) Thanks for the great recipe, I will definitely try this out at home.

  38. This just looks perfect!! I just adore all that broccoli in there!

  39. oooo, i love a good broccoli salad… and coated in peanut sauce and crunchy peanuts, perfection! (& no guilt for going back for seconds… or thirds.)

  40. Oooo I love broccoli, and especially with this Asian twist.  I want this pronto!! 

  41. You had me at “sprinkles”

    I love broccoli, and will in all likelihood make this immediately. YUM

  42. yes!!! Peanut sauce makes everything better! What a perfect little salad.

  43. I love broccoli, so this works for me. I also love Asian dressing. Delish salad from my

  44. That peanut sauce – I wanna smother all the broccoli and all the veggies.
    Gimme gimme!!

  45. So I’m one of those weird people (apparently) who as loved broccoli since high school on. So this dish sounds amazing to me. I can’t wait to try it!

  46. Wow this looks lush. I’ll definitely be bookmarking it! Your photos are absolutely stunning too! 

    Amrita @ 

  47. Can’t wait to make this salad! Pinned

  48. Broccoli addict here…I want this now!! It’s 5am Sunday in case you’re wondering! Thanks for sharing this!

  49. Great post!  I have a bunch of broccoli in the fridge, and looks like I know what to do with it now :)  Thanks for sharing!