A Plant-Based Pyramid: Broccoli Salad
Mrs. Alelia Murphy, the oldest person in the United States, died a few months ago November 28, 2019. She was 114 years old and an African-American woman. Her successor, 114 year old Mrs. Hester Ford is also African-American. In fact, 6 out of the 10 oldest Americans on record were all African-American women born in the South. The oldest living person in the world is often someone living in Japan, hence the oft touted Okinawan diet is given credit. In light of the longevity, and overall appearance of Black women as we age, the plant-based African Heritage Diet should be far more popular and widely known than it is especially because it’s a plant-based pyramid. Broccoli Salad is an old recipe from the 1970s that is great for cookouts, barbecues and picnics.
The cruciferous vegetables that form the base of the African Heritage Diet Pyramid are the most nutrient dense foods in the world. Collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach, kale, cabbage and also broccoli contain high levels of fiber, protein and even omega-3 fatty acids. I promised a second quick method for cooking cabbage which will be coming up soon, but thought this tasty Broccoli Salad would be a satisfying addition to any summer barbecue menu. I would include Stuffed Avocado with Wasabi Tuna and Thai-ish Coleslaw to make a beautiful summertime Salad Sampler for dinner or lunch.
Organic Broccoli Salad
- 1 Head Organic Broccoli
- 3 medium sized Organic Tomatoes
- 1 Can Organic Black Olives
- Organic Avocado Mayonnaise to taste
Using a food processor, chop broccoli and olives. I pulsed them at least 10 times to get the desired texture. Hand chop tomatoes then place them into a large bowl with the broccoli, incorporating evenly. Add mayonnaise to taste, a 1/4 cup at a time – the mayonnaise primarily functions as a binder for the salad. Voila! You may garnish with toasted sunflower seeds if desired. You can make a large batch to store this salad in large plastic containers in the refrigerator during the summer months.
22 thoughts on “A Plant-Based Pyramid: Broccoli Salad”
I love broccoli salad and would love to try this recipe!!
This one is pretty addictive. Let me know what you think!
I don’t know if I want to live to 114, but if I do, I sure want to look cute when I’m that old. If anything will ensure that, it’s this plant based pyramid broccoli salad. It was easy to make and so full of bright flavors.
Hahaha, I agree 114%! Glad you enjoyed it.
This salad was the light refreshing meal I’ve been craving. The broccoli brought the right amount of crunch and the tomatoes balanced it out with the perfect amount of sweetness. Deliciously crisp.
Thank you Stephanie!
I’ve been looking for different ways to incorporate veggies in my diet and recently came across your broccoli salad recipe and loved it. I topped mine with a grilled chicken breast.
Glad you found a unique way to enjoy it!
Broccoli salad is one of my favorites. So I had to try this recipe. It was amazing! I can’t wait to make it again soon.
This was a such a quick, simple salad that was so delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
You’re quite welcome!
I’ve never had broccoli as a salad, I usually have it in roasted vegetables but I’m glad I tried it your way. Quite refreshing and delicious!
I’m so happy you enjoyed it!
I can completely appreciate this recipe and post, I always looking to incorporate fresh veggies into my daily diet and this recipe is perfect.
Thank you so much!
I love the little bits of history that you incorporate into your recipe posts. This salad was delicious and a fun and fresh way to enjoy broccoli. Thank you!
Thank you kindly Jessica!
This salad hit the spot! It was refreshing, leafy and the flavors were on point. I plan to make more tomorrow
I’ve been working more green recipes into my daily rotation and am so glad I found this one. It’s so fresh and I will be making more next week!