I’ve made no secret of my obsession with my Spiralizer* and creating delicious, fun recipes using it. I’ve challenged myself to use it and create a new recipe at least once a week. I prowl the produce section of the grocery store considering the texture of every fruit and vegetable as my next conquest.
I really don’t love to waste food ever and this week an idea popped to mind that addressed both the Spiralizer quest and ‘no waste’. For the broccoli eaters out there, do you use the stems or only the flowerets when you cook? When I was learning how to cook in college, stir-frying was in frequent rotation in my kitchen. I would include the often neglected stems as they are sweet and crunchy. However on an average day in the Boulder Locavore home kitchen they get composted for lack of time (e.g. laziness).
I had an idea of a slaw which included the delicious stem portion of the broccoli along with carrot, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds in a luscious but light dressing. I am completely mad for this salad. In fact I just went to have some for lunch and realized my husband took the rest for his lunch; drat, I’m out of luck. Spiralized broccoli stems have a wonderful crunch and as mentioned have a sweet, light flavor that will make you wonder why it took so long to use them too!
Preparing the broccoli stem to spiralize is key for success. I cut the stalks into three 2-inch pieces and took off the outer layer with either a vegetable peeler or a sharp kitchen knife leaving only the light green inner core. The lower part of the stem can become woody and it’s imperative to remove it before spiralizing or your slaw will taste like bamboo (literally). After removing the outer peel on the bottom of the stalk you may note a tan colored layer which is fibrous. Be sure to peel that layer away, under which you’ll find the bright green core. It spiralized easily into spirals or semicircular pieces depending on the size of the broccoli stalk.
The slaw is a crunchy (even the next day) colorful mix of sweet and savory. It’s really a recipe I’d make and eat every day.
*Spiralizer note: I have received reader emails asking which Spiralizer I use personally. I have the Paderno three blade Spiralizer and have found it works great for all the recipes I’ve made.
Sweet broccoli stems are the star ingredient in this crunchy, tasty slaw. Combined with carrot spirals, dried cranberries, green onion and sunflower seeds the salad has a sweet, wonderfully textured bite. Truly irresistible!
The recipe may be doubled keeping the proportions the same.
- 2 cups spiralized Broccoli Stem (using an 1/8-inch 3mm blade) -Note:_ refer to blog post for instructions on trimming the stem prior to spiralizing
- 2 cups spiralized Carrots (using an 1/8-inch 3mm blade)
- 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced Scallions (green onions), white and light green portions
- 1/2 cup Sunflower Seed kernels
- 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- In small mixing bowl, combine the dressing ingredients (mayonnaise, lemon juice, rice vinegar, honey and salt). Whisk to fully combine scraping the bottom of the bowl to ensure all the honey is incorporated.
- Combine the broccoli stem spirals, carrot spirals, cranberries and onion in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss to fully coat the slaw with dressing. Refrigerate until chilled.
- Add the sunflower seeds before serving and toss to combine.