I feel like I’ve stumbled upon gold with this recipe, guys. This Roasted Broccoli Salad with Almonds uses almost all ingredients that I keep on hand, and is so good that I was literally shoveling it into my mouth as I was taking photos. Thank goodness the crunch lo mein noodles come in a really big bag, because I’ll be making this Roasted Broccoli Salad with almonds again several times in the next couple of weeks.
Crunchy Noodle Alternativves
While I love the what the crunchy chow mein noodles bring to the texture of this salad, I already know some of you will want to know what you can use in their place. If you just don’t want to buy chow mein noodles, you could use a brick of uncooked ramen noodles broken up, or if you’re looking to make this a little more low-carb, you can double the broccoli and just skip the crunchy noodles all together. I wouldn’t suggest skipping the sugar in the dressing, though, because it is absolutely critical to balancing the salt and acid in the dressing.
Fresh or Frozen Broccoli?
You can use either fresh or frozen broccoli florets, just be aware that fresh may take a different amount of time to roast. When roasting vegetables it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on them anyway, since the size of the vegetable and differences in oven temperatures can change roasting time quite a bit.
How Do Leftovers Hold Up?
Leftovers of this recipe are okay, but it’s definitely best fresh. Luckily, this makes a small-ish batch. It will make four small side servings, or two larger servings.
Roasted Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Simple Sesame Dressing
SIMPLE SESAME DRESSING
- 2 Tbsp neutral oil* ($0.08)
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar ($0.12)
- 4 tsp soy sauce ($0.13)
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil ($0.11)
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.02)
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger ($0.04)
- 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds ($0.04)
- 1 lb frozen broccoli florets ($2.10)
- 1 Tbsp neutral oil ($0.04)
- Pinch of salt ($0.02)
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds ($0.67)
- 1 cup crunchy chow mein noodles ($0.32)
- 2 green onions ($0.22)
- Make the dressing first to allow the flavors time to blend. Add the oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, fresh grated ginger, and sesame seeds to a small jar or bowl. Whisk the ingredients together or close the jar and shake to combine. Set the dressing aside until ready to use.
- Spread the broccoli florets out on a baking sheet. Begin to preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place the baking sheet with broccoli on the stove top as the oven preheats to allow them to begin to thaw. Once the broccoli is soft enough to slice, cut any large florets into smaller bite-sized pieces. Drizzle the broccoli with 1 Tbsp oil and and pinch of salt, and toss to coat.
- Roast the broccoli for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring after 20 minutes. Sprinkle the sliced almonds over the broccoli after 25 minutes, and allow them to roast together for the final five minutes. Take the broccoli and almonds out of the oven and allow them to cool (5-10 minutes).
- Once the broccoli is mostly cooled, add the crunchy lo mein noodles and sliced green onions, and stir to combine. Give the simple sesame dressing another stir or shake, and then drizzle the dressing over the baking sheet. Stir until everything is coated in dressing. Serve immediately.
Step by Step Photos
Start by making the simple sesame dressing so that the flavors have time to blend (this is actually a double batch pictured). In a jar or bowl combine 2 Tbsp neutral or light oil (I used canola), 1 Tbsp rice vinegar, 4 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp toasted sesame oil (pictured on right), 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp freshly grated ginger, and 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds. Whisk the ingredients together or place a lid on the jar and shake until combined. Set the dressing aside.
Spread 1 lb. of frozen broccoli florets out on a baking sheet. Begin to preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place the baking sheet with the broccoli on the stove as the oven preheats so that they can begin to thaw. Once they’re soft enough to cut, slice any larger florets into smaller bite-sized pieces. Drizzle the broccoli with 1 Tbsp oil and toss to coat. Add a pinch of salt to the broccoli.
Roast the broccoli florets for 30 minutes total, stirring after 20 minutes, and adding 1/3 cup sliced almonds after about 25 minutes (roast the almonds with the broccoli for the last five minutes). Allow the broccoli to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Add 1 cup crunchy chow mein noodles and two sliced green onions, and stir to combine.
This is what the noodles look like, if you’re looking for them in the store. It’s quite a large bag, but I plan to make this salad again and again. :) If you have any other favorite recipes that you like to use these for, please share in the comments below!
Finally, give the dressing one last stir or shake, then drizzle it over the salad. Stir until everything is coated in dressing.
And that’s it! This Roasted Broccoli Salad with Almonds is ready to devour!