Roasted Broccoli Salad with Charred Lemon and Kale

roasted broccoli salad charred lemon kale (1)

Despite their similar appearance and shared moniker, broccoli and broccoli rabe are more like distant cousins than siblings. Our old friend broccoli takes on a more complex texture and flavor when roasted instead of steamed. Mediterranean and Asian flavors like sesame, soy sauce and feta take the humble florets to a more exotic place. This salad works well with a simple roasted chicken but can also be a hearty vegetarian meal for two.

Serves 4


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    roasted broccoli salad charred lemon kale (1)

    Roasted Broccoli Salad with Charred Lemon and Kale

    • Total Time: 30 minutes


    • For the Salad
    • 1 pound broccoli (about 1 medium head)
    • 1 lemon
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • ½ pound kale (about 1 bunch)
    • 1 small red apple
    • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
    • ½ cup cooked garbanzo beans
    • 4 ounces crumbled feta
    • For the Dressing
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


    1. Preheat oven to 400°.

    2. Cut broccoli into florets, leaving a bit of stem. Cut lemon in half lengthwise, then into thin slices. Spread all in 1 layer on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Roast until slightly charred, turning midway. Total cooking time will be about 15 minutes.

    3. Combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk to blend.

    4.Remove stems from kale, and roll leaves into bundles, then thinly slice crosswise, to shred the kale. Put in a large bowl. Cut the apple into matchsticks and add to the kale bowl. Add the sesame seeds and beans. Lightly dress and toss the salad, reserving some of the dressing to finish salad. (You may have more dressing than you need.)

    5. On a platter, mound the salad then top with the roasted broccoli and lemon. Drizzle with additional dressing and finish with feta.

    • Author: Kathleen Korb
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 15 minutes
    • Category: Salad
    • Method: Roasting
    • Cuisine: California


    • Serving Size: 4

    Keywords: broccoli kale salad