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3 delicious broccoli salad recipes for you and your family

Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous family and it's the green and less dense brother of the cauliflower. In addition to the many nutritional benefits, broccoli produces less flatulence and has a pleasant flavor so it can be used in many salads. Frequent consumption of broccoli protects the body against cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is recognized for the highest content of protein, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A (beta carotene), potassium, and sodium hence the benefits it has on the cardiovascular system. Also, it is highly recommended in weight-loss diets, having very few calories and a high satiety index.

That's why we want to show three great salads that are made with broccoli and can be served for both lunch and dinner.

Broccoli salad with tuna

Ingredients:

• 1 small broccoli;

• a tin of tuna;

• 1 carrot;

• 100 grams of corn;

• parsley;

• the juice of half a lemon;

• olive oil;

• salt, pepper and Italian herbs.

Here's how to prepare it:

Separate the broccoli into small bouquets, and add the in a pot with boiling water and salt and cook for 2-3 minutes, so they keep their properties. After that, strain, drizzle with lemon juice and mix in a bowl with the remaining ingredients.

For a more consistent meal, boil also some pasta and add into the salad.

Broccoli salad with chicken

Ingredients:

• 1 small broccoli;

• 1-2 pieces of grilled chicken breast;

• 2 tomatoes;

• a handful of pumpkin seeds;

• lemon juice;

• olive oil;

• seasoning to taste.

Here's how to prepare it:

Boil the broccoli for 2-3 minutes, as in the previous recipe, and mix with grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and any other seasonings you please. If you prefer it spicy, add a teaspoon of chili flakes.

Broccoli salad with tomatoes

Ingredients:

• one broccoli;

• 2-3 tomatoes;

• a handful of olives;

• 200 grams of mozzarella;

• pine nuts;

• olive oil;

• lemon juice;

• salt, pepper and basil.

Here's how to prepare it:

The broccoli preparation method is the same as in previous recipes, but you can try and raw broccoli if you like. Cut the remaining ingredients as desired and mix in a bowl.

As you can see broccoli is a versatile vegetable and can be used in almost any combination. You can try our suggestions or you can combine it with other vegetables or proteins you like.

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