Broccoli Stalk Salad Recipe – Just 4 Ingredients!

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Don’t just eat broccoli florets. We’ll show you how to eat the broccoli stems too! Make this raw Broccoli Stalk Salad recipe using the bottom half of this superfood. It’s healthy and delicious.

Make Roasted Broccoli with Sesame Dressing the first night, save the stalks and make this healthy broccoli salad the next day.

Since it only takes a few ingredients and less than 15 minutes to make, what do you have to lose?

That was my thinking when I began experimenting.

Raw Broccoli Stalk Salad in a bowl

In this Thai Beef Stir Fry recipe, broccoli stalks are shaved into “ribbons.” The noodle-like vegetable peelings sauteed in olive oil are absolutely delightful. They’re tender with a very mild broccoli taste.

But do broccoli stems really need to be cooked?

After all, raw broccoli florets are often paired with hummus and I’m a big fan of broccoli slaw.

Yep! Raw broccoli stems are definitely edible…and tasty! We use them in the broccoli “rice” for Broccoli Muffins too!

You’ll get more fiber from the stalks too according to this article by Berkeley Wellness. 

How to Make Broccoli Stalk Salad

Start by cutting the florets from the stems and setting them aside for another recipe.  I generally end up with 3 broccoli stems to work with.

Cut the stalks in half and then in half again.

Graphic of how to make broccoli stalk ribbons

Use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons. When I get to the knotty outside part, I stop.

Pile of broccoli stem ribbons

Combine broccoli ribbons, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Toss to thoroughly coat. Top with feta cheese or leave this off for vegan and paleo versions of this Broccoli Stem Salad.

broccoli stem salad in bowl

Enjoy this broccoli stem salad right away. Or, you can wait a bit. I find that marinating the broccoli noodles a little while doesn’t hurt a thing and may even make it better!

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Raw Broccoli Stalk Salad with Feta Cheese

This raw Broccoli Stalk Salad has just 4 ingredients and is ready in minutes. Don't just eat the florets. We'll show you how to eat the broccoli stems too in this quick and easy recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 79kcal


  • 1 head of broccoli generally 3 stalks to yield about 3 cups of ribbons
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese leave off for vegan version


  • To prepare broccoli ribbons, cut florets from stalks so that you end up with a log shaped stalk. (Set aside florets for another use.)
  • Cut log in half (and then cut the halves in half.)
  • Lay cut logs on a cutting board with the smooth side up and use a vegetable peeler to make "ribbons" stopping before you get to the tough outer layer.
  • Place broccoli ribbons in serving bowl and toss with olive oil and lime juice. 
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Top with feta cheese, if using


Adapted from Epicurious.


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 61.5mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. I LOVE that you used the stalk in this recipe! It’s great that it won’t go to waste.

  2. A perfect way to use up those stalks!

  3. I am always looking for ways to use up broccoli stalks, and this looks and sounds perfect!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I don’t even like broccoli and this still looks so good to me!! I would love to try this 🙂

  5. LOVE this because a) less waste b) the broccoli stalks rock and c) so simple – great recipe 🙂

  6. I’ve always preferred eating the stalks (it’s a texture thing) – and this is another way to enjoy it!

  7. oh I can’t wait to try this…never thought to eat the stalk like this

  8. Ooh broccoli stalks can be so tender and sweet. I love how you shaved them into ribbons.

  9. I love that you used the stalk! I need to try this, I always throw it away!

  10. Not only is this lovely to look at, it’s nutritious too. Looks like a winning recipe to make for my family. Thanks!

  11. You know the stalks are my favorite part, not the florets! Love this idea, pondering how it would taste with cheddar.

  12. Genius! This is perfect!

  13. What a lovely way to use an often under utilized part of the broccoli. Very nice!

  14. What a great idea! Almost looks like pasta, which makes it even more enticing!

  15. Oh, I love eating the broccoli stalks! Sooo delicious! I love this salad. Simple, tasty, and has feta!

  16. The ribbons are beyond brilliant! They’re perfectly thin and refreshing like this – love it!

  17. I love this idea to use the stalks. What a great way to prevent food waste!!

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