Trees, Seeds, and Beans (Broccoli Slaw)


I came up with this broccoli slaw side dish when I was trying to clear the fridge out prior to leaving for a vacation. Grabbed what I saw, stirred up a bowl, and gave it a cheeky title based on some of the cute terms my daughter uses for food. I used lite mayo and Splenda, and I'm sure it would be great with full-fat mayo and sugar. Saved the other half-can of garbanzos for tossing with a salad. I also used half fresh, half frozen broccoli (as that's what I had on hand), and it was all tasty.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 2 ½ cups broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 4 cups ice water, or as needed

  • ½ (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

  • ¼ cup matchstick-cut carrots

  • 2 tablespoons raisins

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

  • cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; cook broccoli until bright green, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl of ice water; drain.

  2. Combine broccoli, garbanzo beans, carrots, raisins, and 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds in a bowl. Whisk mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper in a separate bowl. Stir dressing into broccoli mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for flavors to blend. Garnish with about 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
20g Fat
25g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 54mg 268%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 374mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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