Let broccoli be the star of your next meal! Here's 15+ recipe ideas made with fresh or frozen broccoli that are great, easy ways to enjoy more of this nourishing green veggie! With recipe suggestions ranging from breakfast to dinner, including hearty dinner salads, broccoli side dish suggestions, vegetable loaded soups, and filling main meals with broccoli florets, the next time you’re in the kitchen call upon this list of broccoli recipes to cook from!
Broccoli is one of my fave vegetables because it's nutritious, versatile, and oh-so delicious! I couldn't help but pull together all of my most favorite broccoli recipes on Hummusapien to share with you all.
Next time you're at the grocery store, throw a head or three of broccoli into the cart — you won't regret it.
What to make with broccoli
Broccoli is an easy option roasted or sautéed for a simple side dish (my favorite way to enjoy it is roasted with olive oil and salt).
But broccoli can also be the star of the meal! It's delish in pasta, rice bakes, stir fries, soups, salads, quiches, and more.
Lots of these recipes are toddler or kid-friendly, so the whole family can enjoy these delicious and healthy recipes together.
Health benefits of broccoli
Did you know both fresh and frozen broccoli have similar nutritional benefits?
In the off-season, frozen broccoli is often the better (and more affordable) choice because vegetables are usually frozen immediately after picking which helps to preserve the nutritional content.
- chock full of vitamins like vitamin C (immune support!) and vitamin K
- great source of fiber, which promotes digestive health
- filled with antioxidants to help reduce free radicals and lower the risk of certain chronic diseases.
Broccoli is in season from the fall through the spring, making it a great option for a fresh vegetable in the winter months!
As a general rule of thumb, the lower the temperature, the less time, and the smaller the amount of water... the better! Boiling broccoli in a large volume of water will cause it to lose more of its nutrients than quickly steaming broccoli in a little bit of water (or eating it raw).
But really... what doesn't pair well with broccoli? I love broccoli in pasta dishes, as a side dish for salmon or grilled chicken, in a grain and bean salad, or with eggs in a strata or quiche! Sky is truly the limit with this versatile vegetable.
Good-for-you broccoli dishes
The Best Vegan Broccoli Salad Ever
The creamiest, most decadent and delicious vegan broccoli salad that comes together in just minutes! The perfect potluck dish. You'd never guess it was healthy and dairy-free!
Creamy Nourishing Vegan Broccoli Soup
The creamiest, most delicious Vegan Broccoli Soup there ever was. This easy recipe is perfect for cozy lunches. You'd never guess it's healthy and dairy-free! Done in less than an hour and packed with good for you ingredients like broccoli, carrots, and cashews. So simple to make, freezer-friendly, and kid-approved. Comfort food in a bowl!
Peanut Noodles with Broccoli
Delicious Peanut Noodles with Broccoli make a super satisfying and nutritious plant-powered dinner on the table in 30 minutes. Vegan and easily gluten free!
Sheet Pan Pesto Salmon with Potatoes and Broccoli
Sheet Pan Pesto Salmon with Potatoes and Broccoli is a super tasty and healthy one pan meal. Packed with flavor for a dinner the whole family will love!
Creamy Healthy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup
Cozy up with a bowl of thick and creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup! Packed with veggies, this easy stovetop soup makes the ultimate lunch or veggie-packed dinner. On the table in 35 minutes.
Broccoli & Mushroom Breakfast Strata (Make-Ahead!)
Lightened-up Broccoli & Mushroom Breakfast Strata is a hearty, tasty breakfast! Great for a crowd and is made ahead of time for easy prep.
Healthy Broccoli Salad
Easy Healthy Broccoli Salad made with Greek yogurt (no mayo!) for a crowd-pleasing summer side dish or lunch! Tangy, creamy, and just as good as the original.
Creamy Broccoli Pasta
In need of an easy weeknight dinner? 15 minutes is all it takes to make this healthy one pot creamy broccoli pasta. It may even help your toddler to love their broccoli That's a big promise, but you will never know until you try!
Perfect Roasted Broccoli
Roasted broccoli is truly irresistible, and so easy to make! It will become your new favorite side dish. Find the basic recipe here, plus fun variations in the recipe notes.
Made with a handful of basic ingredients, this vibrant broccoli pesto is insanely easy to make. Toss it with pasta for a delicious weeknight dinner!
15-Minute Sautéed Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan
Master a simple technique and make this DELICIOUS sautéed broccoli with crisp-textured edges and a tender bite. It’s full of flavor, with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Serve it as a side dish or toss with pasta — it’s an easy crowd-pleaser!
Charred Broccoli with Hazelnut Romesco
Charred Broccoli with Hazelnut Romesco and Lemon is an easy, yet impressive side dish. Serve with your protein of choice for a flavorful, fast dinner.
Cheesy Pesto Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
This healthy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole is creamy, cheesy, and comforting. Gluten free and plenty filling, enjoy this vegetarian casserole for a meatless dinner or make-ahead lunch.
Vegan White Bean Broccoli Burgers
Vegan White Bean Broccoli Burgers- made with mostly pantry ingredients, these plant-based burgers are bursting with flavor and have great texture too. Each burger has 7 grams of protein!
Spicy Cashew Chickpea Broccoli Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing
Delicious healthy Thai-inspired broccoli salad made with colorful veggies like crunchy carrots, red cabbage and sweet bell pepper. This easy vegan cashew broccoli salad is tossed in a spicy ginger peanut dressing and packed with delicious, plant based protein thanks to chickpeas!
Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous
Cozy and delicious broccoli cheddar chicken couscous tossed with sweet and spicy roasted butternut squash. You’ll love this easy, comforting dinner recipe for any night of the week! Kid-friendly and easily vegetarian, too.
Sweet and Sour Pineapple Broccoli Chicken Stir Fry
Wonderful pineapple broccoli chicken stir fry with a flavorful sweet and sour sauce. This easy pineapple chicken stir fry recipe takes just 30 minutes to make for the best, veggie & protein-packed weeknight dinner! Serve with rice or quinoa for an amazing meal.