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Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad, aka the prettiest salad…ever.

Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad | @hbharvest

It was only just yesterday that I talked about my love for winter color. So I just had to share with you this amazing salad! I love its deliciousness, but I think I might just love its pretty colors even more.

The one thing I always say is that people eat with their eyes first, and trust me, just looking at this salad will make you want it. If you’re feeling bored with your usual salads, this salad is sure to liven things up. You’ll find yourself actually craving this salad. I know, I know, right. Craving a salad? Too good to be true?


I promise not only is this salad pretty, it also tastes incredible. The whole family…while the whole family minus the two pickiest brothers who do not eat “green trees” (that’s what they call broccoli)…all agreed that this salad was one of the best ever. It’s basically a flavor bomb, health bomb, and color bomb, and you know…I think you guys are going to love it.

Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad | @hbharvest

If you didn’t already know, broccoli is one of my very favorite vegetables, I eat it just about every day. I almost always roast it in the oven, however, recently I was craving a little bit of a switch up from my go-to roasted broccoli. I remembered back to when I was a kid and my dad used to serve me raw broccoli when making his nightly salads. He’d simply toss the florets in a little vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and I loved it.

This got me thinking about new ways to use my favorite veggie. So I began to build this salad out of the contents of my refrigerator produce drawer and my pantry shelves. Wow, honestly, if there was ever an extra healthy salad to love and crave, this has got to be it. And you know, that’s saying a lot coming from a girl who thinks a cheese-less salad is the most boring thing in the world.

Yes, even though this salad has zero cheese, I still LOVE it. Of course, you could always add a little crumbled feta or goat cheese and you know I’d be down with that too.

Actually, you should just do that…

Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad | @hbharvest

Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad | @hbharvest

The base of the salad is raw broccoli and kale. Now I know that may not sound so scrumptious to some, but hear me out. The broccoli and kale are marinated in a garlic, ginger, sesame, olive dressing situation. That marination helps to break down and soften the veggies, almost as if they had been cooked. This dressing is honestly the secret to the salad’s delicious flavor. It’s poured over the veggies while still warm, infusing them with the most amazing citrusy, gingery flavor.

Also included in this bowl of goodness is kale, bell peppers, carrots, avocado, some winter citrus, and pomegranates.

Side Note: someone recently took the time to write me a rather long message about how my use of pomegranates truly annoyed them. They rather rudely suggested that I stop adding them to my recipes. My response? Yeah, right…I love pomegranates. If you don’t, that’s totally fine, just leave them out of the recipe. I mean, that’s easy enough, right? I’m feeling as though their insulting message may have just made me want to use pomegranates even more. So guys, here I go with another recipe that includes pomegranates…

Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad | @hbharvest

This is actually one of those rare salads that gets better as it sits. It’s perfect for making the night before and packing up to take to work for lunch. If you let the salad sit longer than a day or so, some water might form in the bottom of the bowl, but just drain it off and all is good.

Also, if you’re looking for a way to get in more greens at breakfast, I’m loving this salad topped with a fried egg and served with a side of toast. Perfect quick and easy breakfast…or lunch…or dinner.

Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad | @hbharvest

Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 349 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli and kale. 
    2. In a medium skillet, combine the olive oil, garlic, and ginger over medium heat. Simmer 5 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from the heat and add the sesame oil, lemon juice and zest, soy sauce, honey, salt, and a large pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. 
    3. Pour the warm dressing over the broccoli and kale, massaging it into the the greens. Add the carrots, bell peppers, cilantro, basil, and pomegranate arils, and toss to combine. Taste and season with salt. If time allows, let the salad sit 30 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge to allow the salad to marinate.
    3. Just before serving, add the orange and avocado. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Eat!
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Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad | @hbharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this per the recipe last night. I loved the various flavors and textures. Next time I make it..i may switch the soy for Apple cider vinegar. But that is just my way to reduce the salt content from the soy :).

  2. 5 stars
    This was maybe the best kale salad I’ve ever had. You weren’t kidding about that dressing combo – holy moly. I don’t normally get “full” from a salad, but I couldn’t stop eating this! I did roast the broccoli just a smidge to get that nice crispy texture I love so much, but other than that I followed the recipe to a T.

    MORE like this please! You make eating healthy so easy and flavorful… I don’t know how you think of these amazing flavor combos!

  3. Looks great! Where did you get the blood oranges? I searched high and low in Eagle County for them. Did you find in Summit somewhere or special order? Thanks!

    1. Hi! I bought mine at my summit City Market…but a couple weeks before I photographed this. I haven’t seen blood oranges since the end of December sadly. 🙁 That said, the cara cara oranges are delicious right now! Use cara cara or any variety of citrus you love. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I had to make a couple changes due to what I had (or didn’t have) – I used spinach instead of kale and didn’t have any pomegranate, but still, it was FANTASTIC! My husband and I enjoyed it for dinner last night and then I finished it for breakfast this morning. I’m planning on making it again this week – with pomegranate this time. Another great recipe from HBH!

  5. 5 stars
    I saw this salad the day it was posted and knew I needed to make it for dinner the same night! It was INCREDIBLE! So yummy and full of flavor!

  6. Hey Tieghan,
    I absolutely love this salad and the colors made me smile. Haha I think your love for pomegranates is wonderful and I think they’re great! 😉 This salad is beautiful and I like the idea of adding a fried egg!
    I made my mom a roasted broccoli and farro salad tonight (with firm ricotta, scallions, parsley and red wine vinegar) that was perfect. But I’ll have to try this salad next!
    I hope you’re staying warm! Are you still able to do your walks? Or have you been keeping warm inside?
    Sleep well and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s post. 🙂

    1. Hi! I am so glad you like this and that salad you made your mom sounds super yummy! I am staying warm.. or trying to haha! I am still able to go on hikes though! Thank you Kristin!

  7. 5 stars
    This salad is amazing! I made it for a social function today and I loved the reactions after the first bite – “This is SO GOOD!” – It’s a perfect, beautiful salad for this dreary time of year. Thank you for sharing this with us. Yes, I added feta :)! This will certainly be a go to recipe.

  8. HA!! I love thinking about how wonderful someone’s life must be in order to be moved to action over a blogger’s use of pomegranate. That’s awesome.
    One of my favorite things to hear about is weird stuff that strangers on the internet have said. I mean, at the time it probably didn’t feel great. But for me? It just makes my day.

    And… I’m going to stop at the store on the way home from work because I want to eat this for breakfast.

    1. That is amazing! So happy you are loving this and glad you shrug off the weird or mean comments! Thank you Libby!