Quick and Healthy Broccoli Sides
Broccoli with Maple and Pepitas
Even though your broccoli will get a little tender as it cooks, this dish still packs plenty of crunch thanks to roasted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas). When you're adding in the pepitas, be sure to use the green pumpkin seed kernels with the tough white outer hulls removed. You can also spice up this side a bit by adding crushed red pepper flakes—after all, who doesn't like a little heat?
Broccolini and Sweet Pepper Pasta Salad
To tell you the truth, we crave this veggie pasta salad alongside most of our meals. Start with your favorite pasta shape, then add broccoli, red sweet peppers, and chopped red onion. Finish it all off with fresh basil leaves and a homemade vinaigrette, and this side dish will disappear even faster than the main course.
Caprese salad, meet broccoli! After a quick trip to the steamer, mix your fresh broccoli with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and a few chopped basil leaves to make classic caprese salad even more veggie-ful than before. If desired, you can experiment with adding a little olive oil or a drizzle of your favorite vinaigrette, but this four-ingredient side can shine without any dressing at all.
Creamy Broccoli-Bacon Salad
Broccoli is a star ingredient all on its own, but when it meets crispy bacon, the combination is a true showstopper. The surprise ingredient is a handful of sunflower kernels, which adds crunch to every bite. This salad is best if it has time to chill a few hours before serving, but since it only takes 20 minutes to prepare, it's no trouble at all to throw this side together a few hours before dinner time.
Braised Broccoli with Orange Cream Sauce
Who could say no to broccoli and cream sauce? Not us, that's for sure! Just grab cream, a drizzle of orange juice, and a little bit of black pepper, and you can whip up a mouthwatering citrus cream sauce to serve over your broccoli. If you want to give it some crunch, finish the dish with a handful of sliced almonds. You can serve the sauce alongside your bowl full of broccoli—that way, everyone can decide how much or how little to add to their plate.
Deli-Syle Pasta Salad
Pass the pasta salad, please! Just like what you would pick up at your local deli (but with the added benefit of being homemade), this tangy pasta salad is full of cheese tortellini, fresh broccoli, sliced carrots, and sweet peppers. Even when you make your own dressing, this easy recipe still clocks in at 25 minutes or less. That's even faster than you can run down to the store!
Roasted Broccoli with Feta and Chickpeas
Broccoli goes Mediterranean when you serve this quick-roasting veggie with chickpeas and crumbly feta cheese. A bowl of this warm vegetable dish could almost be a light meal on its own, but it also adds extra protein and nutrients to any meal when served as a side dish. We love this yummy side so much, the only dressing it needs is a drizzle of olive oil.
If you like to keep your vegetable side dishes simple, this is the recipe for you. A full pound of broccoli and a few scoops of chopped walnuts are the starring ingredients, but they also have support from orange zest, orange juice, and melted butter for a super flavorful steamed broccoli recipe. If you want to elevate this dish to restaurant-worthy, serve with an orange wedge garnish on the side.
Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Rice
Easy, cheesy, and ready to eat in just 15 minutes—is there anything this side dish can't do? Starting with frozen chopped broccoli will certainly speed this dish along, but you can also make it a little more from scratch by starting with a fresh head of broccoli and chopping it yourself. No matter how you make it, we definitely recommend sprinkling a little extra cheese on top before digging in. Cheese makes every broccoli recipe better.