Roasted Broccoli and Garbanzo Bean Salad
Dinner, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan

Roasted Broccoli and Garbanzo Bean Salad

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Apparently I’m all about the mash ups this week.  This is the first of a couple of recipes that came about when I just wasn’t quite happy with one so I went out and found another and then spliced them together.  So now they are something kinda new!  This salad was just too cold for winter so I decided to roast the broccoli and got the idea to pan fry the garbanzos from this recipe.  The dressing from the original salad recipe was amazing on this and I think the combination of toasty garlicky garbanzos, roasted broccoli, fresh parsley, scallions, nutty pine nuts and that bright tangy dressing is pretty genius, if I do say so myself.

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I’m not a big fan of steamed broccoli. Maybe it’s because it smells like farts when it cooks, I dunno. Roasted broccoli smells way better to me.

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Fry baby, fry!! I love a good garbanzo bean and I love them even more when they are fried with garlic.

NOTE: Save the liquid from the can of garbanzo beans if you bought canned!  Or if you made yours from dried because you’re a badass then save about 1 1/2 cups of that liquid for later.  It’s called Aquafaba and you can use it as an egg white substitute for vegan recipes.

Delightful Recipe

Serves 2-4


  • 1 small head of broccoli cut into florets and stem cut into similar sized pieces
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and liquid reserved
  • 5 sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 cloves of garlic, 1 grated and 2 minced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Toss broccoli in a bowl with olive oil and a generous pinch of salt until well coated.  Spread out on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until getting slightly charred on the edges.
  • In a frying pan, heat olive oil over high heat. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add garbanzo beans and sauté until garbanzo beans are beginning to color, about 8 minutes.
  • In a blender, combine garlic, mustard, honey, lemon zest and juice. Slowly add oil to emulsify, and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl combine roasted broccoli, garbanzo beans, scallions, pine nuts and parsley.  Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine before serving.
  • Enjoy!
Roasted Broccoli and Garbanzo Bean Salad


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