I share this recipe as a delicious way to serve up raw broccoli. I have used sunflower seeds and raw almonds. But you could use any nuts you like. For the dressing I have listed the quantities that I like. But you might like it with a bit more of a kick, and want to add in a bit more vinegar, lemon juice and sweetener. But this blend struck a nice tangy balance for me. If you are allergic to nuts, you could use soy bacon bits to jazz up this salad instead of blanched almonds. This adds in a splash of color. But I love the lush green color that stands alone. If it is just an allergy to almonds, cashews work really well too. Traditional mayonnaise or soy mayonnaise can be substituted for the cashew mayonnaise that I have used. Obviously, it would yield a dressing of a slightly different personality. Just play around with the vinegar quantities and it will still taste delicious. The secret to the success of this salad is chopping the broccoli into really small bite size pieces. That way, you can grab the perfect bite with every lift of the fork – with a well coated piece of broccoli, celery, and seeds that creates a crunchy tangy taste sensation.
I wanted to do something with the broccoli stalk. I was also craving something cheesy. Nutritional yeast is not raw, but I do incorporate it some into my diet because it is high in B vitamins, plus it tastes deeeelicious! : )
I invented this recipe when my house-mates told me they didn't want the stems from their broccoli. That's why at first I just used stems, which is delicious, but using the heads of the broccoli tastes just as good-- it's up to you!