I’m not eating like I should. Seeing someone I love in so much pain is hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’m not ashamed to say that I eat my feelings.

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Nuts

This past weekend I saw my Gran for the first time since she’s been in the hospital. She was small and frail and quiet. She spoke about pain and being afraid. Watching this…seeing this…is not something I was prepared for.

Yes, she’s 97. Yes, she has cancer. Yes, she’s dying. But knowing these things doesn’t make it easier.

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Nuts

I need to eat better while dealing with this. I’m still “eating right”, I guess. But I probably shouldn’t eat three brownies after making a nice big salad.

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Nuts

The good thing about this salad is that it has honey toasted pecans and walnuts along with some fresh blueberries to sweeten things up. Definitely my kind of salad. Plus, it packs well for lunches, which is always a good thing!

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Nuts

So whether or not you’re trying to cut back on eating spoonfuls of Nutella, or not, this salad is absolutely delicious. I hope you enjoy!

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Nuts

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Nuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 heads (8 cups) broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • Honey Toasted Nuts:
  • 1/3 cup raw walnut halves
  • 1/3 cup raw pecan halves
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • Lemon + Honey Dressing:
  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add the chopped broccoli florets, red onion, blueberries, dried cranberries and pine nuts to a large serving bowl. Toss everything together.
  2. Prepare the honey toasted nuts by combining all of the ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 5 to 8 minutes until mixture is very bubbly and walnuts have caramelized and turned golden-brown. Transfer nuts to a sheet of parchment paper and quickly separate nuts with fork. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. Prepare the dressing by combining the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, honey, chia seeds and salt in a small mason jar or bowl. Give the mason jar a good shake (or stir your ingredients in a bowl).
  4. To assemble the salad, pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and top with honey toasted nuts.
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29 Responses to Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Nuts

  1. Kathryn says:

    I’m so sorry about your Gran, it’s such a hard situation. Take care of yourself xx

  2. Perfect salad and love the addition of blueberries! Sorry to hear about your Gran, Katrina. Thoughts are with you.

  3. It’s easy to fall into a trap of eating poorly when you’re in an intense, stressful situation, but it sounds like you’ve got a good head on your shoulders. Sending you a virtual hug online for you and your Gran!

  4. I love broccoli salads, and the honey toasted nuts in this one look fantastic. So sorry about your grandma. That’s awful dealing with that, and age doesn’t matter, it’s hard anyways.

  5. Judi says:

    Ooof that’s tough. Sorry about your grandma honey. Don’t feel too guilty about the brownies, okay? You need what you need.

  6. Amanda says:

    So sorry to hear about your Gran and for what you are going through. This salad definitely counts as healthy comfort food, delicious.

  7. Yum – that salad looks so healthy and refreshing! And I love the honey toasted nuts, sounds tasty!! 🙂

  8. Sues says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your gran- that must be so tough!

    This salad does look delicious and healthy, too.

    Sending happy thoughts your way 🙂

  9. Hugs to you and your Gran. Maybe you can throw in some dark chocolate chunks into the salad to brighten things up a bit? They’re anti-oxidants, right? 😉

  10. I’m so sorry! Take care of yourself.

  11. My grandfather has stage 3 cancer, its very very hard, I just spoke to him and he just finished a round of chemo. AT least you can see her, so value that, my family is across the world in Eastern Europe so I won’t even see them until summer. I keep praying.
    I understand what you go thru, and it doesn’t matter how old they are, they are our grandparents and seeing them sick and in pain just breaks our hearts.
    Stay strong.

  12. Lovely recipe and photos by an amazing girl *hugs*

  13. Katrina, my heart goes out to you and your family at this time–it doesn’t get easier but being with the people you love goes a long, long way. (Also, this salad looks lovely).

  14. Oooh, what a lovely combination of flavors! I love the addition of blueberries, too. So sorry to hear about your Grandma — I’ll be praying for her and for you. <3 Pinning this!

  15. Ashley says:

    Oh friend, I’m so sorry about your grandma. It’s such an incredible hard situation. The same sort of thing happened with my grandpa last year and even though he was 90 and lived a fantastic life it was so hard to watch. Doesn’t make it any easier. Thinking of you and your family.

    On a happier note this salad looks fantastic – I’ve been all about broccoli the last month or so!

  16. Joanne says:

    Thinking about you chica! I know how hard it is to watch someone in pain…eat whatever you want and don’t worry about it. life is too short!

  17. Girl sorry about your gran’s health. My prayers are with you n your family.

  18. I’m so sorry about your grandmother, I remember so clearly going through the same thing with mine. AND with my mother, much later. Your salad looks like the perfect thing to keep up your stamina, my thoughts are with you!

  19. I’m sorry about your grandmother. This would make a delicious and healthy lunch!

  20. I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandma. Nothing can really make it easier to handle, but if brownies help even a little, I say eat three and don’t apologies. And give her and extra hug and kiss those always help, too. I’m sending you a hug now, too.

  21. Super difficult to watch someone decline. Try not to be too hard on yourself.
    Just observing your eating behavior is enough—-and make some changes. The negative judgment self talk just adds to the pain of the situation.
    Wonderful salad by the way—-I love the fact the nuts are roasted and the dressing is excellent.
    I don’t normally talk about ME, but please make note of the slight name change from Wild Goose Tea. New web design too—whoopee and will be adding some new features along the way.
    Hang in there—-

  22. Sending along my condolences! If some unhealthy eating is what you need, then there’s absolutely no shame in it! That being said, this salad looks totally lovely and I wouldn’t mind eating this every day (… plus those brownies you mentioned 😉 )

  23. It’s lunchtime and now this is ALL I can thing about. YUM!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Katrina, I’m so sorry to hear about your Gran. No matter what we know, or how much we prepare, losing a loved one is never easy. I hope things go as well as they can, and that when you have the chance, you get the nourishment you need. Until then, I 100 percent support the eating of feelings. I’ll be thinking of you.

  25. Riley says:

    Life in this world is so fleeting and ephemeral. I recently watched my own grandmother pass on her hospital bed, so I want you to know that I understand exactly how you feel and that just your love and support for your grandmother in her time of need is a crystal of beauty and humanity in this cruel world. Impermanence is pervasive scourge, but I believe love and devotion that come from the heart can escape its clutch. Best wishes to you and your family.

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