A 5 minute quick and super easy fresh and crisp apple broccoli salad with a sweet and spicy Korean Gochujang dressing. Perfect as a meal or as a side.
Okay, don't lie. We've all been there. Okay maybe not all of us but I know I have, more often then not.
Vegetables. I honestly just forget to eat them. "Forget" haha right?
So when I had broccoli in the fridge that I had to eat before it wilted away to vegetable Valhalla, I was scratching my head and drawing blanks on how to make something interesting with this without cheesing it to death.
The lazy girl in me would have slapped some hummus on and called it a day.
...and then this happened: Terry starts singing 'You don't win friends with salad'. What a great motivator.
If any of you know how to motivate yourself to eat vegetables, you really need to share 🙂
I decided to move forward with using Korean flavours. I love a fresh crisp salad with a sweet dressing.
Broccoli doesn't really have a particular flavour so a pure broccoli salad would have been out of the picture.
Apples! It's sweet, it's crunchy, it's crisp! Matches the theme already.
The dressing was inspired from my favorite Korean comfort food dish. Bibimbap! Gochujang was the star.
Tip #1 : Don't waste! Use the broccoli stems! 🙂 They have the most crunch and flavour. If they are a bit tough and waxy, you can use a peeler to peel away the skin.
Once combined, this apple broccoli salad was fantastic! It was crisp and crunchy and it was slightly spicy and sweet from the Gochujang dressing.
Another thing I thought of after I finished the salad? Top it up with some crunchy nuts or feta. 🙂 Salty sweet salad with an additional crunch.
Eat your greens!
Apple Broccoli Salad + Sweet & Spicy Gochujang Dressing
- 1 broccoli (chopped)
- ½ apple (sliced into slivers, matchsticks size)
Making the Gochujang Dressing
- Combine all the ingredients under the Gochujang dressing list and put aside
Assembling the Salad
- Chop the broccoli into bite sized pieces
- Julienne half an apple into slivers, matchsticks size
- Combine the broccoli and apple into a mixing bowl and toss it with the dressing
- Enjoy as a meal or as a side dish! 🙂