Roasted Broccoli with Golden Raisins and Peanuts – Grow. Eat. $ave.

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 28, 2011

Broccoli Raisin Salad. Quite possibly my favorite “cold vegetable” salad.

When thinking about trying a new way to fix broccoli, I kept going back to my favorite cold version of broccoli raisin salad. But it didn’t sound right as I thought about it. Maybe it’s the chili weather, or mourning the loss of summer (yes, I am in mourning. Not a winter person here.), or all the rain. But, I felt a summer-like broccoli raisin salad wouldn’t sit right. It would make me feel funny…and thus make it taste funny. Even if I made it the same way I always do.

Then it occurred to me that a warm version would be entirely possible. And that it might actually be good. And that any leftovers could be turned into a cold version with a little sweet mayo dressing.

So that settled it.

Roasted Broccoli Raisin Salad it would be. Without the mayo part.

And it did not disappoint.

(So much so that I’m thinking about serving this with one of our holiday meals this year.)

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Roasted Broccoli with Golden Raisins and Peanuts

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • Drizzles of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Place the broccoli florets on silicone baking mat on a baking sheet. (Parchment paper would work if you don’t have a silicone mat.) Sprinkle the raisins and minced onion over the top.
  • Drizzle olive oil over top, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until broccoli turns brighter green (but don’t let the raisins brown too much.) I suggest checking it after 8 minutes, or gently tossing if you notice the raisins on the edge getting brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over top just before serving.
  • Serve Roasted Broccoli with Golden Raisins and Peanuts.

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Jessi @ Quirky Cookery September 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Hmm, you’re right about a cold broccoli salad not being quite right for the current weather. I’m not sure how I feel about warm broccoli and nuts without a sauce of some sort, though. Maybe a warm sauce of some sort would still work, but I can’t for the life of me think what. Or maybe you’re just right that it’s good as is and I won’t know until I try it myself.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

hehe :) Guess you’ll have to try it to find out!

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Christine September 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

I love the idea of a warm salad like this-it would be fantastic with almonds instead of peanuts too (on a heart healthy diet here, and have a nice stash of almonds on hand :0) I’ll be trying it soon!

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