Blanched Broccoli and Pear Salad

Try out blanching as a cooking technique to add to your toolbox when it comes to preparing deliciously crisp vegetables. With blanched broccoli as the star, this salad is a convenient and easy game-changer. Paired with a medley of colourful veggies, a zesty dressing and a sprinkle of nutty goodness, it’s a symphony of flavours. Savour the perfect balance of crunch, freshness, and pure yumminess. Whip it up and share the love with friends and family. Make healthy eating exciting.
Wilna Eksteen

Wilna Eksteen

Registered Dietician

6 servings
Ready In
15 minutes
Nutritional information

Energy: 230 kcal

Protein: 12 g

Carbohydrate: 26.8 g

Sugar: 11 g

Fat: 10.8 g

Fibre: 8 g

Dietary Requirements

Low GI

Lacto-ovo Vegetarian 




  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into small florets or 1 large packet long stem broccoli
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced into 5 mm strips
  • 1 tbsp Liviana® CBD-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ red onion, small diced (2 mm cubes)
  • ½ cup parmesan, shaved
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, lightly roasted


  • 1 cup low-fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Liviana® CBD-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

Equipment List

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large pot
  • Frying pan
  • Large serving dish
  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spoon


Step One

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add some salt. Alternatively, you can use a steamer basket over boiling water.

Step Two

Carefully lower the broccoli florets into the boiling water or the steamer basket and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green and crisp-tender when done. If using broccoli that has been stored in the fridge, blanch in batches to prevent the temperature of the water dropping too much when adding the broccoli.

Step Three

Drain the broccoli and immediately plunge it into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Set the broccoli aside.

Step Four

Pan-fry the pear slices in the Liviana® CBD-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil over a high heat until caramelised. Do not stir them too much, turn carefully with a fork. 

Step Five

Compile the dressing by adding all the ingredients together and mixing it well. 

Step Six

Spread the dressing at the bottom of a large serving dish. 

Step Seven

Layer the broccoli, red onion, pumpkin seeds, caramelised pear slices, and parmesan cheese on top of the dressing. Sprinkle the chopped parsley and serve as the ultimate impressive side to any main meal. 

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