Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is a fast, easy way to serve a tasty veggie side dish! Enjoy steamed broccoli, drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.
Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is a fast, easy way to serve a tasty veggie side dish! Enjoy steamed broccoli, drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.

Do you ever get tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, and long for something that’s not too difficult to make, but tastes good? I do, so when I saw this recipe for quick broccoli in vinaigrette in a really old “Cooking Light” cookbook, I knew I had to give it a try!

This recipe is so incredibly easy! Broccoli spears are steamed, and then are enhanced, flavor-wise, by topping them with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. The vinaigrette only takes a few minutes to whip up, with very common ingredients. The tangy addition of this vinaigrette imparts unique flavor to otherwise “routine” broccoli!

Making A Dressing For The Broccoli in Vinaigrette Is EASY!

To make the easy vinaigrette, measure balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Use a whisk or a fork to blend these ingredients together, until completely blended. Set vinaigrette aside while you steam the broccoli.

Ingredients for balsamic dressing in small bowl.The balsamic vinaigrette which will be drizzled over the steamed vegetable.

Prepare The Broccoli

Trim the leaves, and cut off the really tough ends of the broccoli. Give the broccoli a quick rinse, then cut the broccoli into spears.

Place the broccoli spears into a steamer basket or rack, and steam (covered) over boiling water for 5 minutes. When done, the broccoli should be crisp/tender in texture.

NOTE: My photos only show HALF of the broccoli the recipe calls for – only my hubby and I were going to eat this! The recipe (as written in the printable recipe card at the bottom) will serve 6.

Broccoli is cleaned, then cut into long spears before cooking.The spears are steamed on a rack over water, in a saucepan.

Immediately transfer the steamed broccoli out of the steamer and onto a serving plate. Drizzle the broccoli spears with the balsamic vinaigrette, using all of it.

The balsamic vinaigrette is drizzled over the steamed broccoli.

To Serve The Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette

Sprinkle the broccoli with white sesame seeds for garnish, if desired. Serve the broccoli in vinaigrette immediately. Hope you enjoy it!

Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is garnished with sesame seeds before serving.Tangy balsamic dressing adds flavor to the cooked broccoli spears.

I hope you will consider trying this totally EASY vegetable side dish! If you enjoy broccoli like we do, be sure to check out my recipes for Broccoli Salad, Bacon Broccoli Quiche, and Broccoli Cauliflower Bake! Have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: “Cooking Light 1994 Cookbook”, published by Oxmoor House, Inc., 1993, page 49

Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Quick broccoli in vinaigrette is a fast, easy way to serve a tasty veggie side dish! Enjoy steamed broccoli, drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli in vinaigrette
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 55 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • pounds fresh broccoli
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds (optional, for garnish)
Instructions
  1. To make vinaigrette, measure balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Use a whisk or a fork to blend ingredients together, until completely blended. Set vinaigrette aside while you steam broccoli.

  2. Trim the leaves, and cut off really tough ends of the broccoli. Give broccoli a quick rinse, then cut into spears. Place broccoli spears into a steamer basket or rack, and steam (covered) over boiling water for 5 minutes. When done, the broccoli should be crisp/tender in texture.

  3. Immediately transfer the steamed broccoli out of steamer and onto a serving plate. Drizzle the broccoli spears with the balsamic vinaigrette, using all of it. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Quick Broccoli in Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 706IU14%
Vitamin C 101mg122%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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