Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Lime + Feta

by Amy on 13 May 2015

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Lime + Feta: Never throw out another broccoli stalk! Instead, make this delicious, simple, citrusy salad.

I cannot stand wasting things. Most days, my lunch consists of leftovers, because I hate throwing out tasty food. (Thankfully, I love leftovers so this isn’t much of a chore). When I use up a wedge of Parmesan, I always save the rind (to use for flavoring soups + stews). When I make recipes, preference is given for those that use the entire vegetables, not just part of them (like this awesome Spring Vegetable Pasta).

However, one food consistently challenges my non-wastefulness: broccoli. Despite my best intentions, I almost always use only the florets, and wind up discarding the stems/stalks. I actually like the stalks, but my husband and daughter only eat the tree-like tops. And a woman can only eat so many broccoli stalks by herself! I always cringe when I throw out a perfectly good bunch of broccoli stalks, so I made it my recent goal to prepare them in a way that the whole family would enjoy. And my favorite discovery so far is this AMAZING Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Lime + Feta. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a salad, but this one is truly worth sharing.

It’s fresh and bright and crunchy and citrusy and delicious. The still-slightly-crunchy, paper-thin broccoli ribbons soak up the tart lime juice and rich olive oil, and the crumbles of feta add a perfect creamy, salty note. This is truly one of the most addictive salads I’ve ever eaten. Even though the recipe says it serves two, I could easily polish off the entire plate myself. =) So, next time you find yourself about to throw out yet another bunch of broccoli stems, I beg you to stop + make this salad! I think it might just make a broccoli stalk lover out of you. =)

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Lime + Feta: Never throw out another broccoli stalk! Instead, make this delicious, simple, citrusy salad. www.FearlessHomemaker.comShaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Lime + Feta: Never throw out another broccoli stalk! Instead, make this delicious, simple, citrusy salad.

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Lime + Feta

serves 2, adapted from Cooking Light


Leaves and stalks from 1 bunch broccoli (about 3 stalks), cut into batons
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (cotija cheese would also be fantastic)


Place the broccoli batons flat on a cutting board, then use a sharp vegetable peeler to shave the broccoli into paper-thin ribbons.

Place the shaved broccoli ribbons and leaves in a medium bowl and toss with the olive oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Gently fold in the cheese and serve immediately.

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1 danielle May 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

Im the stalk eater in our house, it is my favorite part of the broccoli. I love this recipe – need to try it out.

2 Sam @ SugarSpunRun May 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

I love that you found a use for the stalks! My husband also only eats the florets so I’m stuck with eating them in our house, not that I mind entirely but like you said… a woman can only eat so many! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

3 Caitlin May 13, 2015 at 11:09 am

what an awesome idea! I honestly didn’t realize you could eat the stalks til a year or two ago (embarrassing!) but since then, I’ve only found recipe I like with them so far. The shaved pieces look so tasty, so I must try this.

4 Emily Wells May 13, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Growing up, I was raised by my great grandmother. She was raised during the Great Depression, and wasted NOTHING, lol We had a huge garden, and had fresh everything (including broccoli). She’d use the florets and stems when the cooked them, but every once in a while, we’d get a treat–she’d use only the florets and would peel the raw stems, quarter and salt them, and we’d eat them like carrot sticks. They are SO good like that! My sister and I would fight over who got the last one. :) Raw florets = yuck, but raw, salted stems = heaven!

5 Amy May 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Oh wow, Emily, I will have to try that with my next batch of broccoli – I am *super* intrigued now. How fantastic to be raised by such a resourceful great grandmother – she sounds awesome. =)

6 sarah k @ the pajama chef May 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm

i will have to try this! i always say i’m going to eat the stalks but never do. this looks so easy! :)

7 Cailee May 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Wow!! This is genius!! I love that you made use of these leftovers!! So innovative!!

8 Kelly May 14, 2015 at 4:32 am

I love this shaved broccoli salad! I am the one that eats all the stalks too and usually make a broccoli slaw. I can’t wait to try shaving them into ribbons. It looks gorgeous and I love the lime and feta!

9 Beth May 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

You’ve sold me on this salad! It sounds wonderful.

10 Dedy@Dentist Chef May 14, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Bowdown to you, i guess this is really simple stunning, never even thought to shaved broccoly steam before, worth to try!!!

11 Agness May 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Simplicity is the key, my dear! Absolutely amazing recipe, I would be more than happy to try to make it this weekend!

12 alliebeau May 16, 2015 at 5:47 pm

I always chuck the stems in the compost, what have I been missing?! This sounds amazing. And we have fresh limes in our yard these days! Thanks for the inspiration.

13 Amy May 17, 2015 at 6:02 am

Oh, I am SO jealous that you have fresh limes in your yard – I love citrus, so that’s my dream!

14 Amy (Savory Moments) May 20, 2015 at 5:46 am

I absolutely LOVE this idea! Broccoli stems so often just get tossed away in the trash when they can easily be turned into a slaw or delicious salad like this one. It looks really tasty and I really enjoy ways to not waste food.

15 Marina @ Parental Journey May 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm

I am the same!! I hate throwing away leftovers – I am always using them for next lunch!

16 Heather May 22, 2015 at 6:58 am

A woman after my own heart when it comes to being frugal with food/scraps! Though, we differ greatly on our use of broccoli — I’m all about the “trunks,” often pawning the “leafy tree” portions off on my husband. Glad to see you’ve joined me on the dark side! This shall be perfect on the Memorial Day spread. Thanks!

17 Meghan June 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm

This is so clever! I eat broccoli all the time so I will definitely be trying this. So light and summery too!

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