Broccoli truly is a superfood. It contains potent compounds called sulforaphanes and and glucosinates, which have been suggested to be protective against certain types of cancer. Indole-3-carbinole, a sulforaphane, found in broccoli sprouts particularly, may help the body excrete harmful forms of estrogen. Indole-3-carbinol in supplement form is often used to support women with estrogen dominance related symptoms, like PMS and menopausal symptoms. Sulforaphanes in broccoli are also good for the liver since they help support the liver's detox enzymes. That means that if you have fatty liver, are overweight, sedentary, have a diet high in sugar and refined carbs, and/or are a wine lover, then broccoli is the right vegetable for you. Broccoli is also an excellent source of vitamin C, folic acid, and fibre.
I'm personally not a huge fan of raw broccoli but I love this salad. And if you let the salad sit in the salad dressing for a while before serving it it will be more tender. You can let the salad sit in the fridge for a few days.
- 1 broccoli, chopped (entire thing)
- 1 orange pepper, sliced
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- 1/6 medium red onion, thinly sliced (optional: soak in hot water for 10 minutes)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1. Place broccoli, peppers, cucumber in a salad bowl. Top with red onion.
2. Mix salad ingredients and mix well. Pour over veggies. Toss.