Broccoli Sunflower Salad Recipe
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Broccoli Sunflower Salad Recipe

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The unique crunch of sunflower kernels and a zesty tang from a vinegar and sesame oil dressing turn basic broccoli into sensational salad. "We're on a low-carb diet, and this is one of our favorite dishes," informs Rick and Sheila Ellison from Prattville, Alabama.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 quarts water
  • 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower kernels

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 121 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 322mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large kettle, bring water to a boil. Add broccoli; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place broccoli in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, soy sauce, oil and sugar substitute. Pour over broccoli; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, stirring several times. Just before serving, stir in sunflower kernels. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda sugar blend.
Originally published as Sunflower Broccoli Salad in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p59

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ConnieK User ID: 282614 154617
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"Very good. Different! The flavors blend really well and with the soy sauce and sesame oil, it has a nice Asian flare."

bmbadgley User ID: 3904867 63687
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"LOVE this recipe!! I added toasted almond slivers (substituted for the sunflower kernels which I didn't have on hand), and about a tablespoon of minced fresh ginger. Delicious!! Did forget to add the sugar, but it was still great. Will remember the sugar next time and it may even be better, if possible!"

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