Roasted Broccoli with Pistachios and Pickled Golden Raisins

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Roasted Broccoli with Pistachios and Pickled Golden RaisinsRecipe

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Paige Hicks

From the Kitchen of…Rich Landau, Longtime Cooking Light Friend

Rich, chef and owner of Vedge in Philadelphia, offered us this lovely autumn salad, in which bright bursts of sweet-tart raisins accompany each bite of toasted broccoli.

Some version of broccoli, usually laden with cream and cheese, lands on many a Thanksgiving table. But this dish, with its beautifully balanced flavors, is much lighter--and vegan.

Serves 10 (serving size: about 1 cup)


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3 pounds broccoli heads, stems trimmed to length of longest branch (about 6 medium heads)
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
1 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons mustard seeds


Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 34 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place 2 baking sheets in oven as it preheats.

2. Bring a large Dutch oven filled with water to a boil. Cut each broccoli head into quarters; cut each quarter into 3 wedges. Add broccoli to boiling water; return to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Drain; plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain well; pat dry. Combine broccoli, oil, garlic, pepper, and salt in a bowl; toss to coat. Arrange broccoli mixture in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Turn broiler to high (do not remove pans from oven). Broil 5 minutes or until browned in spots, rotating pans and stirring once after 3 minutes.

3. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add pistachios; sauté 4 minutes or until toasted. Cool slightly; coarsely chop.

4. Bring vinegar and remaining ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 2 minutes; drain. Place roasted broccoli on a serving platter, and sprinkle with pistachios and raisin mixture.

Created date

September 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 186
Fat 9.5 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 4.9 g
Polyfat 2.5 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 192 mg
Calcium 97 mg