Black Sesame & Steamed Broccoli Salad

Zucchini Noodles. Edamame. Peanut Butter Sauce.  

Do you love broccoli as much as you should? 

Probably not. 

Here are 5 reasons to love it more: 

1. Broccoli does an exquisite detox job for our bodies. Its unique combination of phytonutrients (specifically glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin) enable you to better neutralize and eliminate toxins.   

2. On average, one cup of cooked broccoli has 245% of your daily value of vitamin K and 135% of vitamin C. 

3. Your digestive tracts adores broccoli. It is not only a high in fiber food, but it also contains glucosinolates which help protect the stomach lining from H pylori overgrowth. This is excellent news if you're not in the mood for a stomach ulcer.  

4. Broccoli supports heart health. Talk about loveable. 

5. All eyes are on broccoli as the ultimate anti-cancer vegetable--in fact over 300 research studies are devoted to just this topic. Why? Cancer seems to be caused by a combination of oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and inadequate detox, and broccoli is brilliant at mitigating all three of these. 

Read more about the green goodness of broccoli at the George Mateljan Foundation's encyclopedia of nutrition. 

Serves a pair or else four moderately hungry folks. 


  • 1 head raw broccoli 
  • 1 raw zucchini 
  • 16 oz steamed edamame 
  • 2 Tbs black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 C peanutbutter 
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce or tamari 
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup


  1. Chop your broccoli head into small florets.
  2. Lightly steam florets until they are bright green and slightly tender, but still so very nice and crunchy. Set aside to cool. 
  3. In a small sauce pan, combine peanut butter, soy sauce (or tamari), and maple syrup over low heat until the peanut butter is fully incorporated/not longer looks stringy and gross. The sauce will thicken as it cools. This is fine. 
  4. Spiralize your zucchini. If you do not have a spiralizer, please know that this is totally acceptable since spiralizers are obscure & not unpretentious kitchen tools; feel free to chop up the zucchini any way that pleases you. If you do have a spiralizer, however, you are obligated to use it here and now, because why else did you buy it? 
  5. Combine broccoli, zucchini, and steamed edamame in a large bowl,  and mix in sauce until all green items are fully coated. The sauce will thin out with the moisture from the vegetables. 
  6. Sprinkle black sesame seeds atop your salad and serve.