Broccoli Salad


1 ½ to 2 pounds broccoli on the stalk, enough for 8 cups florets

1 cup sliced red onion

1 carrot, julienned or grated

½ cup raisins

½ cup mayonnaise (vegan mayo as needed)

3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp sugar or maple syrup

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp kosher salt 


For the topping

¼ cup sunflower seeds

1 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari

1 Tbsp maple syrup or sugar

1 tsp smoked paprika



  1. Chop the broccoli into very small florets. Slice the onion. Stir together with the raisins.
  2. Whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, and salt. Add to the vegetables and mix to combine. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the broccoli to become soft. (You can eat right away but the broccoli is crisp and has less of the traditional texture.)
  3. Meanwhile, place the sunflower seeds, soy sauce, sugar, smoked paprika, and 2 pinches kosher salt in a skillet. Heat over medium low and sauté for about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are sticky and most of the liquid has evaporated, taking care that they do not burn. Scrape any sticky bits from the bottom of the pan. When they are sticky and darkened in color (and may have clumped together), remove from the heat and spread onto parchment paper in a single layer and allow to dry until serving, about 10 minutes.
  4. When ready to serve, top the salad with the sunflower seeds.