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It may have been the vegetable non grata at your childhood dinner table, but now that you’re a super-chic college chick there’s no reason to balk at broccoli. Of all the greens with which to fill your plate, broccoli has a unique varied texture that soaks up yummy sauces, and is robust and filling, too. Now is the peak season for the veggie, so it’s a great time to stock up on its calcium and folate.

 Snack Ideas:

  • Awesome as a crispy, fresh vehicle for hummus spread or paired with Laughing Cow cheese.
  • Steam in boiling water and serve drizzled with Thai peanut sauce (available in the ethnic foods section of your grocery store)
  • Chop and scramble with eggs and ham for an omelet twist.

The Recipe: Sesame Broccoli Salad

By now, you’re probably tired of the caf salad bar and its endless iceberg lettuce. Whip up this salad at home and it will serve you for a week. Sometimes I add chunks of steamed chicken for a protein boost and to make it a complete meal. Crunchy, sweet, and savory!

Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli, chopped (use the stalks too)
  • 1 cup lightly packed cilanto, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

For sesame dressing:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Toss dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl and then drizzle over the salad, mixing as you go. Set in a refrigerator for 30 minutes so flavors can absorb, and serve cold.