I know…I get it, you love broccoli

I had such a wonderful evening. I was able to make a toast at my Grandmother’s 85th birthday. I am very happy that I had the opportunity to express my love and admiration for such an incredible woman (I just had to share that)

So, I’m sorry this post was a little delayed, but I’m here now to share with you a delicious, healthy salad from Becoming Raw (as you requested).

Lemon-Tahini Dressing
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup flaxseed oil
3 Tbsp Nama Shoyu or tamari
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
2 Tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
2 cloves garlic, minced
ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Process on high speed for a few seconds until well blended. Stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator will keep for 1 week.

Brilliant Broccoli Salad
1 bunch broccoli
2 carrots, grated
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
3/4 cup Lemon-Tahini Dressing (see above)
1/2 cup dried cranberries, currants or raisins
1/4 cup Nama Shoyu Sunflower seeds (pumpkin seeds or almonds)

Wash the broccoli and remove the stems. Peel and grate the stems. Chop the broccoli tops into very small florets. Combine the broccoli, carrots, and onion in a large bowl. Add the dressing and stir well to coat the vegetables. Season with salt to taste.

Add the cranberries and sunflower seeds and toss briefly. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and garnish with additional cranberries and the sunflower seeds. Serve immediately.

Per 2 cups: calories 144, protein: 6 g, fat: 5 g, carbohydrate: 24 g, dietary fibre: 9 g, calcium, 86 mg, copper: 180 mcg, iron: 2.1 mg, magnesium: 56 mg, phosphorus: 137 mg, potassium: 620 mg. sodium: 77 mg, zinc: 0.9 mg, thiamin: 0.3 mg, riboflavin: 0.2 mg, niacin: 1.4 mg, pyridozine: 0.3 mg, folate: 102 mcg, pantothenic acid: 1.1mg, vitamin A: 413 mcg, vitamin C: 112 mg, vitamin E: 3.5 mg, vitamin K: 4 mcg, omega-6 fatty acids: 2.2 g, omega-3 fatty acids: 0.2 g

Percentage of calories from: protein 14%, fat 26%, carbohydrate 60%

Training Update:
I did a brick workout this morning – 30 minutes on the bike followed by a 6 km run. It was windy and quite brisk, but the sun was shining which helped keep me going.

Of the four dessert recipes in Becoming Raw, which one would you most like to see posted here?
1. Coconut Macaroons
2. Chocolate Cranberry Nut Balls
3. Mango Pie with Coconut Crust
4. Tutti-Frutti Ice Cream

Today I also had the chance to interview one of the authors of Becoming Raw (with two of my fellow volunteers), Brenda Davis, on the Toronto Vegetarian Podcast. We chatted about Vitamin D, her books and her work on the diabetes epidemic in the Marshall Islands. You can check it out here.


  1. Posted April 11, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Happy Birthday Grandmother! Lisa, you are truly blessed. Both my grandmothers are long since departed. You are wise to cherish every moment you have with her. I hope she is well, and I hope she enjoys many more birthdays with her family.

    Hmm, all those desserts sound good. Maybe the Chocolate Cranberry Nut Balls. The Mango Pie is a near-tie.

  2. Posted April 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I vote for the mango pie!

    I just tried the yellow mango you recommended and it was DELICIOUS!

  3. Posted April 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Mango pie with coconut crust!

    Happy birthday to your grandmother!

  4. Posted April 12, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Thank you for the broccoli salad recipe! Is the Coconut Macaroon recipe the one that the macaroon treats in my prize package were made from? Because they were absolutely delicious and I would vote for the Macaroon recipe.

  5. Posted April 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Next time I get broccoli, I am making this!! YUM!

    And happy birthday to your Grandmother!

    Pure2raw twins

  6. Posted April 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you for all the birthday wishes…my grandmother had a great time celebrating. She is a very busy woman -symphony, committees, choral meetings – I was happy she took a little time out for herself.

    It sounds like the mango pie is in the lead. Please let me know if you give the broccoli recipe a try. I would love to hear what you think.

    Tracy, it is a different recipe then the one I sent you but I'm sure the results would be similar.

    Keep the votes coming.

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