Healthy superfood broccoli salad with cherry chia dressing is packed with eight different nutrient rich ingredients for a wholesome and satisfying dish!
Are you looking for a salad to give you a healthy boost? I’ve got just what you need! This superfood broccoli salad is packed with nutrient dense vegetables and fruit. Fresh seasonal summer ingredients inspire the flavors, so you don’t have to add any additional sweeteners unless you want to.
All of the natural sweetness of ripe bing cherries and juicy oranges makes this salad shine. It’s the base for the salad dressing too! This straightforward and satisfying salad is just right for any party, picnic or even lunch on those busy weekdays. Just a few steps and you will be ready to dig into this wholesome and tasty salad!
I’ve been all about blender salad dressings this summer. It’s so quick and easy! After creating my peach and poppy seed dressing, I knew I had to find another fruit to puree. The cherries add a luxurious flavor and sweetness only found in these fruit gems. I found some beautiful caracara oranges to add some fresh citrus flavors and acidity to the dressing.
Have I told you about my secret natural thickening method that is also a superfood? Chia seeds are my new favorite fiber filled ingredient. When mixed with a liquid and given some time (at least 10 minutes), you will immediately notice your dressing thicken, and it has a neutral taste. It’s like magic! This helps to reduce some of the oil needed for traditional thickening the dressing. The dressing is low fat, delicious and healthy, win for all!
Let’s chat about all of the SUPERFOODS in this salad. I count at least eight. They are like the ultimate Olympic team of food!
Superfoods are nutrient rich ingredients that are considered to be especially beneficial for well-being. Leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli are high in fiber, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, folic acid and calcium. Cranberries, cherries, and oranges are also filled with antioxidants, vitamins and add a natural sweetness.
Chia seeds are a complete protein, contains dietary fiber, and an excellent plant based source of omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds and sunflower seeds also contain fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, but are used more sparingly.
Are you ready to power up your meals?
Salads don’t have to be boring or bland. You know how good broccoli is for you, I’m sure your parents have been trying to convince you since you were a little sprout! Take the reigns over your nutrition and try this delicious salad that is mommy approved (I am one so does that count?).
It’s all about unlocking the potential of various health beneficial ingredients and make their flavors and texture work for you. I’ve done the testing, now all you need to do is blend, blanch, toss and enjoy!
How does Chia Seeds naturally thicken the dressing?
Chia are the most intriguing teeny tiny seeds. They are very compelling from a health and texture perspective! This cherry chia dressing contains 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. That’s 5 grams of dietary fiber just in a spoonful. Amazing! The fiber in the seeds is what helps to create a gel-like substance when allowed to absorb the liquid. It can absorb almost nine times its weight, impressive for sure! It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to see and feel the thickness of the dressing change. The longer you allow the chia to sit in the mixture the thicker it will become. You can always puree the dressing for a few minutes to make it pourable or add some more liquid like orange juice to reduce the thickness if needed.