Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Researchers in the U.K. have developed a vegetable called super broccoli designed to fight heart disease. Not to be outdone, researchers in America have developed a way to stuff an Oreo inside another Oreo."
-Jimmy Fallon

The refrigerator light goes on...

I was having lunch from a very nice buffet recently. The spread had a broccoli salad similar to this but with a somewhat boring white dressing. It wasn't bad: a good, solid salad with a creamy texture and a bit of lemon flavor.

But I craved more. This spicier version is perfect for a summer picnic or served as a side with a piece of roasted whitefish like cod or halibut.


Spicy Broccoli Salad

Servings: 6 | Serving size: about 1 cup

Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes great leftovers and is better the second day.

2 large bunches broccoli
1 medium onion (diced)
spray olive oil
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
1 ounce reduced fat cream cheese
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chili powder
4 medium green onions (thinly sliced crosswise)

Spicy Broccoli Salad
Place a large skillet in the oven and preheat to 325°F.

Cut the broccoli flowerets into small pieces - about 1/2 inch or so.

Peel the broccoli stems and cut into 1/2 inch dice.

Place the broccoli (both florets and stems) and onions in the skillet and spray liberally with olive oil.

Roast for about 30 minutes. Toss occasionally.

While the vegetables are roasting place the pumpkin seeds in a small skillet over high heat.

Toast the pumpkin seeds for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Toss frequently.

Set aside.

Remove from the oven and let cool and then chill in the refrigerator.

While the broccoli is chilling mix together the buttermilk, cream cheese, pepper, salt, paprika, cayenne and chili powder until smooth.

Place the celery in the bowl with the chilled broccoli and onions.

Add the dressing and green onions.

Toss well and chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 cup

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 113 Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 6%
    Saturated Fat 1g 4%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 174mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 7%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
    Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 179%
Calcium 11% Iron 6%
Vitamin K 137 mcg Potassium 534 mg
Magnesium 39 mg