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Eat Right for Your Type Broccoli Salad

When we started following Dr. D'Adamo's "Eat Right for Your Type" diet, I adapted a favorite broccoli salad recipe to conform.

This broccoli salad recipe will work for all blood types except Type AB, and there is a simple fix to make it work for AB, as well.

This broccoli salad recipe will work for all blood types except Type AB, and there is a simple fix to make it work for AB, as well.

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Broccoli Is Good for Everyone

This broccoli salad recipe has been one of my favorites for years. It's crunchy, and the mixed berry blend adds sweetness to contrast with the flavor of the broccoli, as does the dressing. The almonds add to the crunch of the broccoli, as well as another contrasting flavor. Because of the salad's colors, it also does well during the holiday season. Our family used to have green beans or cooked broccoli until I fed them this salad, and now we eat our broccoli raw for Christmas. But we don't save this for the holidays. We eat it often.

Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients. It has no fat or cholesterol and a cup of chopped broccoli has only 31 calories. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and a good source of iron, calcium, Vitamin K, and iron, as well as other important vitamins and minerals. One cup contains 3 grams protein, 6 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, and 2 grams sugar. Broccoli is the main ingredient of this salad.

Because this is a favorite recipe, when we began to follow Dr. D'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type way of choosing foods to eat, we wanted to make it conform to the proper food for our blood types, A and O. Neither of us was allowed the mayonnaise in the recipe I was using for the dressing, so I needed to adapt it. My adaptation will work for all types except Type B, and I have a fix for that. Here's the recipe.

These are the ingredients for both salad and dressing. These are the brands I used, mostly from Trader Joe's.

These are the ingredients for both salad and dressing. These are the brands I used, mostly from Trader Joe's.

Ingredients

  • 1 head (about 1 pound) raw broccoli, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup Trader Joe's Golden Berry Blend (or equal amounts dried cherries, cranberries, and raisins)
  • 1 cup almonds, dry toasted, and slivered
  • Tofu-ginger salad dressing (see recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Prepare dressing and set aside.
  2. Peel and cut broccoli spears and heads into small bite-size pieces and put in large bowl. Add Golden Berry Blend (or the mixture of dried cherries, cranberries, and raisins you made) and the toasted slivered almonds to the bowl. Mix well to combine ingredients.
  3. Pour salad dressing you set aside over the vegetable-fruit-nut-mixture in the bowl and mix until everything is coated and blended. Move into final serving dish if you don't want to serve in mixing bowl.

Tofu-Ginger Salad Dressing

This dressing will work for Blood Types O, A, and AB as is. If you are cooking for a Type B, you will need to substitute 2 tablespoons mayonnaise for the tofu and use only 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Everything else in the dressing will work for you.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tofu
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and cut in small pieces

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine lemon juice, olive oil, tofu, honey, and ginger.
  2. Blend until smooth and ginger is completely minced.
  3. Pour dressing over salad.

The dressing is good with the broccoli salad, as well as on carrot and raisin salad.

ingredients for tofu-ginger salad dressing for broccoli salad

ingredients for tofu-ginger salad dressing for broccoli salad

Comments

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on April 13, 2016:

pstraubie, Trader Joe's is one of the four places I shop. Thanks for commenting.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 21, 2015:

Sounds good...my daughter makes a yummy broccoli salad too that is a hit year round.

I am a huge fan of Trader Joe's...so will pick up the mixed berries the next time I am there which will be Tuesday :D

Thanks for sharing Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on January 11, 2015:

You can easily find your blood type by giving blood. That's how I found out mine. Thanks for visiting my hub, Audrey.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 18, 2014:

Hi WannaB I never heard of eating for your blood type, but it sounds intriguing. What is my blood type is a good question? I need to find it and write it down. Anyway, I love broccoli and know how nutritious it is for your body. I am catching up on the writers I follow and found this yummy dish. Thanks for sharing, and I will share. Blessings, Audrey

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on October 05, 2012:

It does become challenging providing for all blood types. But one can cheat occasionally, and if the food to avoid is eaten only as a small part of the recipe, it won't do that much harm. The idea is to eat the recommended foods most of the time.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 30, 2012:

I have heard of the idea of eating for your blood type, and wondered how to plan meals for people with different blood groups.

This is an interesting example - partly because I am O and the rest of my family are A (we are all negative!)

Also, this looks delicious.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on August 23, 2012:

Om, I hope you like it. Thanks for commenting.

Om Paramapoonya on August 22, 2012:

Lovely recipe! The tofu-ginger dressing sounds like a must-try. Rated up!

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on August 02, 2012:

dwachira, I'm glad you liked the photos. I hope you also like the Broccoli Salad.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on August 02, 2012:

I would like to try the Broccoli Salad recipe. Great hub and i like the photos, voted up.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on July 28, 2012:

oliversmum, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

oliversmum from australia on July 28, 2012:

WannaB Writer Hi. Your Recipe looks and sounds so very tasty.

We love all the ingredients that are in this salad, but have never thought of putting them all together until now.

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us. Thumbs up and very useful. :):)

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on July 19, 2012:

We love this broccoli salad, Mhatter. I hope you try it and enjoy it, too.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 19, 2012:

Thank you for this. broccoli has always been a favorite at our house. we have eaten it in many ways, but this. thank you

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 10, 2012:

Thanks, that is good to know.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on July 10, 2012:

Pamela, you can use any nut you like. We are actually thinking of trying walnuts next time ourselves because it's a beneficial food for our blood types, whereas almonds are only neutral. Pecans might also be tasty. You can also be flexible about which dried fruits you use. The ones I've included taste great in the salad and are compatible with all blood types. The cherries are especially beneficial.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on July 10, 2012:

Vox vocis, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 10, 2012:

The salad looks delicious but I am allergic to almonds. I wonder if I could substitute pecans instead? So many recipes have almonds that it is frustrating. I can have walnuts and pecans, so usually I do just substitute something I can eat. Thanks for sharing such a nice looking dish.

Jasmine on July 10, 2012:

You've made a great recipe hub with this broccoli salad! The photos are a great plus :) I always eat broccoli cooked and spiced up with some salt and olive oil (and I obviously lack creativity). This is a great recipe and I'll definitely use it! Voted up!