Massaged Broccoli Rabe Salad with Sunflower Seeds & Cranberries Recipe

Massaged Broccoli Rabe Salad with Sunflower Seeds & Cranberries Recipe

How To Make Massaged Broccoli Rabe Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Cranberries

Here’s another salad recipe that will surely open your mind to endless possibilities with broccoli. Find out how you can impress people with this salad dish.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 2lbbroccoli rabe
  • ¼cupsunflower seeds
  • ½cupchopped celery
  • cupparmesan cheesegrated
  • ¼cupdried cranberries
  • 3tbspolive oil

For Lemony Dressing:

  • 1tbsplemon juice
  • ½tspDijon mustard
  • ¼cupgarlic clovepressed or minced
  • ¼tspsalt


  1. Pull the broccoli rabe leaves from the stems and discard the stems. Wash and spin dry the leaves. Tear any large leaves into small, bite-sized pieces, then transfer the leaves to a large serving bowl.

  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, toast the sunflower seeds until they are fragrant and starting to turn lightly golden on the edges, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, and salt until emulsified.

  4. Pour the dressing over the leaves and gently massage the dressing into the leaves until they are lightly coated and the salad has almost halved in size.

  5. Add the chopped celery, grated Parmesan, toasted sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries to the serving bowl. Toss again and serve immediately.


  • Calories: 244.00kcal
  • Fat: 16.11g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.70g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.94g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.18g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.16g
  • Fiber: 7.22g
  • Sugar: 6.32g
  • Protein: 12.89g
  • Cholesterol: 8.43mg
  • Sodium: 409.87mg
  • Calcium: 415.91mg
  • Potassium: 549.41mg
  • Iron: 5.39mg
  • Vitamin A: 325.65µg
  • Vitamin C: 50.39mg
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