Asian Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad

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Asian Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad

The perfect side and salad recipe…

Sitting here on Tuesday morning with a cup of coffee in hand that is probably not going to do anything for me today or the rest of the week. It was bank holiday in the UK this past weekend and I took an unexpected break. I had been feeling socially burnt out and was looking forward to sitting down and actually getting some work done, sitting and reading my book in the park and spending evenings watching documentaries I had on my list for ages.

Instead, I took the whole social detox thing to a whole new level. Left the phone at home in airplane mode and decided long walks up and down my high street to little avenues I have never been, not wearing any make up to date night and sipping wine under summer nights was the thing to do. My birthday is approaching and as I near the end of my 20s, I reflected on my social life and the people I surround myself with. Coming into 2018, I made significant changes and streamlined many aspects of my life and I couldn’t be prouder… less is more.

So going back to that cup of coffee and why I came here in the first place. It was to reminisce of the wonderful weekend that felt too short. There was food, reflections and moments that made me realize that “these are the moments we live for.”

{It is also precisely why this salad recipe is a day late…}

Asian Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad
Asian Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad
Asian Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad

A very simple salad recipe that can be enjoyed both hot or cold, as a starter or a side, a salad alone or with something more. Asian inspired with a touch of ginger and sesame.

Serves 4-6

Asian-Inspired Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad

  • 250g broad beans
  • 1 broccoli floret, chopped
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs ginger, grated
  • 2 tbs coriander, chopped
  • 2 tbs mixed seeds, toasted
  • Juice of 1/2 lime.


In a sauce pan, heat up sesame oil and then add the broadbeans and broccoli.

Add a tablespoon of water, ginger and 1 tablespoon of the coriander. Cover and turn heat on low. Cook for 7 minutes. Remove lid and stir on high for 3 minutes.

There will be charred bits on the broccoli and splitered skin on the broad beans to determine if it’s done. Garnish with the rest of the fresh coriander, squeeze of lime, and topped with mixed seeds.

Can be served hot or cold, salad or a side.

Asian Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad
Asian Broad Bean & Broccoli Salad

This broad bean and broccoli salad recipe seemed like the perfect meal plan salad or make ahead side dish for the alfresco evenings and summer days. It keeps well, full of flavor and brings out the nuttiness and citrus that I look for in the warmer season. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I’ve been making this one a lot.

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