Indy Power: Veg out with super greens
On cold winter days enjoy some comfort food by making this warm salad brimming with flavour.
Warm Broccoli, Courgette & Lemon Salad
In January I'm always craving green, crunch and zest but it's still freezing out, so this warm salad will tick all the boxes and keep you cosy. It's full of zesty lemon and fresh basil but the warm veg makes it super comforting - the chopped broccoli is a sneaky way to add texture, spread out the flavour and get some extra green veg in!
Serves 4. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts
Juice of 1 large lemon
200g spiralized courgette
Sea salt & pepper
Chop the broccoli into florets, discarding the thick stalk in the middle. Add it to your food processor and pulse until broken down into small chunks.
Mince the garlic. Add the olive oil to a large pan on medium high heat. Add the garlic and toss it in the oil. Add in the broccoli and toss it all well. Let it cook for about four minutes, stirring regularly, until it's all hot and starting to soften.
In a separate pan on medium heat, let the pine nuts toast for a few minutes until golden. Finely chop the basil and add it to the pan with the broccoli along with the lemon juice and spiralized courgette. Toss it well and then pop a lid over it. Let it steam for about two or three minutes until the courgette is slightly tender. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle on the pine nuts before serving.
Everyone knows broccoli is good for you but just in case you wanted a little info on the specifics, here are some of the highlights: it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory thanks to the presence of sulforaphane, iberin and glucobrassicin which help to reduce chronic inflammation in the body. It’s full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, all of which are beneficial antioxidants. Broccoli’s unique combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties make it a uniquely beneficial food in terms of cancer prevention, as well as other diseases. Even just a small portion can provide measurable benefits, so eat up!