Broccoli Salad with Coconut Bacon

Whoever doesn't like broccoli... try this recipe. You can make a weeks worth of coconut bacon at a time, store it in a jar, and then you can whip up this salad in less than 5 minutes.




3 broccoli

1 red onion

1/2 cup almonds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup cranberries

Garlic and Herb Aioli (link)

2 avocado

Coconut Bacon:

2 cups large coconut flakes

1 TSB Smoked Paprika

1 TSB brown sugar

1 tsp garlic powder

1 TSB soy sauce

5 drops liquid smoke


To make the coconut bacon, put all ingredients in a frying pan with a splash of oil and fry for 5-6 minutes until nice and golden. Season well. You want to try and char the coconut a little bit to give it that real BBQ taste.

Roughly chop your almonds, then toast these and the sunflower seeds in a dry pan until nice and toasted.

Wash and cut the broccoli into florets - leaves, stems and all. The stems are really sweet and delicious, however some broccoli stems can be a little tough, depending on whether it was harvested later in life or not. If it is a little touch, slice it into small matchsticks which will make them more enjoyable.

Finely slice the red onion, then mix everything together in a bowl with as much or as little aioli as you desire. Top with extra coconut bacon and serve with a sliced avocado.

Sourcing Ingredients While Contributing Zero Waste to Landfill:

Broccoli, onion and avocado from your local farmers market. Take reusable produce bags or simply take a basket. Don't buy anything if it is pre-packaged in a plastic bag - find something to substitute it with (or find a different market!). The flavour, quality and price at farmers markets is almost always superior to supermarkets, plus you are supporting local.

Dried goods (coconut flakes, spices, salt, almonds and sunflower seeds) from your local bulk bin store. Because they are all dried goods you can buy in bulk as they have a long shelf life. The variety at bulk bin stores is so much better than the supermarket.

Soy sauce and liquid smoke: are two pantry essentials you can buy in glass bottles and reuse or recycle at end of use.


Coconuts aren't able to grown in NZ. Info on food transportation? Link to Hannah xxx's article here?

Broccoli fun facts here.


If you'd like to know more about plant-based nutrition, contact us and we can give you the details of some plant-based nutritionists.

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