Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

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Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

And the broccoli noodles are back!

This recipe is one I had originally written for the cookbook and it ended up being a fail. So, I worked on it a bit, changed up the prep methods and proportions and now, it’s on the blog, bigger and better than ever.

Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

First off, if you haven’t seen this post on spiralizing broccoli, check it out.

I’m not a huge sides-girl. I usually make a big salad, some spiralized rice bowl or some spiralized pasta for dinner, which all don’t require sides. On occasion, I’ll make salmon, a veggie and potatoes or some other starchy goodness. I don’t prefer to eat like that, though – it’s very boring.

Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

I like to bite into a meal and get a bunch of flavors in one, instead of having to pick at everything on plate in sequence.

Anyway, this broccoli noodle salad would make a great side! Ha – so hypocritical, I know! But really, I ate it alongside some grilled chicken and was so happy. It’s a side, a pasta salad, a salad and a snack- this dish is totally versatile.

Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

While you can make this recipe and eat it immediately, the longer the noodles marinate in the dressing, the more they wilt and become chilled and more pasta salad-y. Plus, the flavors develop more, making it even tastier.

This tomato basil screams summer – the basil, tomatoes, garlic and white balsamic infuse the broccoli and make a real summer treat. Also, I realize that I use food processors a lot in my recipes, but you don’t necessarily have to use it here. If you chop up your campari tomatoes more finely, you can just whisk all of the ingredients for the tomato basil dressing together.

Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

Now, you’ll notice that I only use one of the two broccoli head’s florets (yet both of the stems.) I think the proportions work better with only 1 set of broccoli head florets, but if you won’t end up using them later in the week and don’t want to risk wasting them, add them to the food processor also. The salad will be less pasta salad-y, but it will still taste as good as it should.

Honestly, when I took my first bite of this pasta salad, I immediately thought to myself, “I need to have a BBQ and make this for everyone.” It’s going to be an easy crowd-pleaser, kind of like this Italian Zucchini Pasta Salad. The fluffiness of the broccoli breadcrumbs, the crunch of the stem noodles and the robust flavor of the basil and tomatoes is breathtaking.

Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

I really need to get moving on that “How to Spiralize Broccoli” video, don’t I? Don’t be afraid – it’s much easier than it sounds!

Have you given broccoli noodles a shot yet?

Now you can watch a cooking video of this recipe:

Nutritional Information & Recipe

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Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 3

Ingredients

  • 2 large heads of broccoli with stems
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  • For the dressing:
  • 5-6 campari tomatoes seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Separate the broccoli florets from their stems and set aside the stems and one head of broccoli’s florets. While you will be using both stems, you will only be using one broccoli heads’ florets for this recipe (save the other one for future use.)
  • Remove as much stem as possible from the broccoli florets and place the florets into a food processor and pulse until breadcrumb like. Set broccoli aside in a bowl and wipe down the food processor.
  • Spiralize the broccoli stem, using Blade C. Roughly trim the noodles and place in the bowl with the floret crumbs.
  • Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into the food processor and pulse until chunky, but dressing-like. Don’t overprocess it – you don’t want this dressing to be watery.
  • Pour the dressing into the bowl, add in the beans and toss well to combine thoroughly. Serve immediately or let sit in the refrigerator to let flavors marinade.

 

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30 comments

This looks so good, Ali. I never would have thought to spiralize broccoli...what a fantastic idea! You've finally convinced me to buy a spiralizer. It's happening today...through your affiliate, of course. :)
Best decision, ever! I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Alison Moy says:
You won't regret it! Since we bought ours, we use it at least 2 or 3 times a week. It's amazing - it turns veggies into a totally new kind of food!
molly j. says:
I always throw that part of broccoli away - isn't that terrible? Now I'm excited to give them a try! PS - Your bowls are amazing! Where did you get them?
Thanks! They were a gift from my mom, I think she got them from Pier 1 !
Anonymous says:
Can you use regular balsamic vinegar in this instead of white? will it effect the taste much? also can you use some zucchini noodles?
Anonymous says:
Amazing plate for photos
Anonymous says:
I bought your app Inspiralized, but it doesn't work!! I paid for it and everything!! So disappointing.
The app is down right now and being worked on! Check my Facebook page for updates. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Kim H. says:
Ali, I found your blog about a week ago... and I am hooked. Everything looks so good and healthy. I drove to Williams Sonoma after work last night and bought the padermo. I can't wait to start cooking and playing. I am truly inpspiralized :)
Yay!! I'm so happy to hear you're Inspiralized - my work here is done ;-) Enjoy the spiralizer!
Joy says:
Hi Ali, I'm loving your recipes and my new toy, the spiraliser. Being in Australia I have to save some of your current recipes for our summer but that's something to look forward to! With this salad is there something I could use as a substitute for the beans as I am eating paleo and of course no beans are allowed.
You can leave out the beans and add in your favorite light protein, such as diced chicken or maybe add in some green peas!
Joy says:
Thanks Ali. I'll try it with chicken. That should work well. By the way I've been really enjoying saving my broccoli stalks and spiralizing them. It makes me feel very virtuous using something I'd normally throw away!!
What is a campari tomato? Can I use grape tomato instead if I can't find them? I am making your sweet potato, pancetta and spinach recipe tonight. Can't wait for supper!
Campari tomatoes: http://addictedtocostco.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/gp_emily_campari-300x239.jpg but you can use 1 large beefsteak tomato instead.
Ellen says:
I have a large crowd... would doubling (tripling??) the recipe work?
Marilyn says:
This was delicious and so quick! My broccoli had a lot of little stems shooting off so I had some difficulty, but I got enough noodles. This is so refreshing on a hot day. I didn't have Campari tomatoes so I used two regular sized beauties from the farmer's market. Yum.
Anonymous says:
Can you use regular balsamic vinegar in this instead of white? will it effect the taste much?
Anonymous says:
Where are the noodles?
Carly Glazer says:
There are no noodles, only broccoli noodles here!

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