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Mini Forest Side: Broccoli, Chickpea, and Tomato Salad

For some reason, I never seem to buy broccoli. It's not that I don't like it, it's that I never seem to purchase it. However, I've decided to hunt down some new recipes that will force me to eat more broccoli.

This weekend I'm thinking of making this broccoli, chickpea, and cherry tomato salad. The broccoli is steamed, and a mustard vinaigrette holds it all together.

To try this recipe out with me,


Broccoli, Chickpea, and Cherry Tomatoes

Broccoli, Chickpea, and Cherry Tomatoes

Broccoli, Chickpea, and Cherry Tomatoes


  1. 1 pound broccoli, separated into florets (4 Cups)
  2. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  3. 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  6. Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  8. 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed


  1. In a large saucepan with a steamer insert, bring 1 inch of water to a boil.
  2. Add broccoli, cover, and steam until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together mustard, red-wine vinegar, olive oil, and onion; season with coarse salt and ground pepper.
  4. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, and broccoli.
  5. Toss to coat with dressing.
  6. Let cool 5 minutes.
  7. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Serves 6.

Join The Conversation
Advah Advah 9 years
Is it wrong if I throw pieces of bacon in there?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that looks like a really good salad to be honest. i'm always looking for fresh ideas when it comes to salads - and this one is making my stomach growl.
RoGo1 RoGo1 9 years
I almost never like steamed broccoli - something about its structure makes it get waterlogged imo. I'd roast these ingredients together in a heartbeat. And yes, quietriott, it does look like there is goat cheese or ricotta in there which would be tasty!
cupcake_ cupcake_ 9 years
Mmmm it looks good..I'd like to try making this.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'd try it...I'm not a huge tomato eater, but I think this looks healthy and pretty tasty.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not my tastes...
quietriott quietriott 9 years
does the picture look like there is cheese in the salad?
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
One thing that's often overlooked in American cooking is the absolutely delicious broccoli stem: just peel, slice, and stir-fry.
jessie jessie 9 years
sounds good, i'll try it sometime! thanks!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Looks good - thanks for the recipe!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
That looks really great.
PugLuv PugLuv 9 years
The New York Times had a recipe for a "sexy" broccoli salad recently that was really good. Just type in "sexy broccoli" into your search engine, giggle a little bit at the absurd title, and it should pop right up.
wren1 wren1 9 years
Sounds good. I'm gonna make it, too :)
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