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Fresh From the Garden: Broccoli Rice with Lemon Herb Dressing

Mmm . . . from garden to table. Or more accurately, from our garden to our table.

This is the dish I made with our harvested broccoli recently. The flavor of the broccoli was delicate and mild, more gentle than usual … and totally enhanced by the dressing. Shawn and I have agreed that broccoli will be a repeat in our garden beds next year … hopefully with even more success than this year.

I’m having visions of doubling or tripling the number of raised beds in our backyard so that we can plant even more next year. More fresh spinach (which I was hesitant to even plant this year!), more broccoli, more peppers, more tomatoes.

More, more, more.

(No more red cabbage though. I have no idea what we will do with nine heads of it as it is).

I love that we’ve all pitched in tending to the gardens — Will and Paige helping to pull weeds, Shawn mulching carefully around each plant . . . It’s been a wonderful family effort to grow. And we are just at the beginning of a season of truly homegrown foods. I love that.

We all really liked this (yes, the kids and the vegetable-phobic husband too!) dish. It went beautifully with pork on the first night and steak tonight … oh yea, we did eat the leftovers tonight. His idea. Love that too.

This is versatile but it’s also easy (don’t be fooled by the length of the recipe, it really is easy … and I broke it up into three parts that are done consecutively so there is absolutely no confusion).

Try it, you’ll like it.

Broccoli Rice with Lemon Herb Dressing

Broccoli Rice with Lemon Herb Dressing

Yield: 4 servings



  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh minced thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh minced rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch pepper

Broccoli Mixture

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, , minced
  • 2 cups fresh chopped broccoli

Final Dish

  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • salt


  1. For the dressing: Whisk all of the ingredients together. Set aside while cooking (so flavors can develop a bit).
  2. For the broccoli: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for one minute. Stir in the broccoli and cover. Cook 3-5 minutes until broccoli is tender.
  3. To complete: Combine the dressing and broccoli and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the rice. Salt to taste. Serve.


Wednesday 10th of June 2009

I bet this tasted even better knowing it came from your very own backyard!


Wednesday 10th of June 2009

I just happened upon your site today while searching for a recipe for sweet potato fries. What a great blog! I'll definitely be following from now on. Thanks! Georgia ps. the fries were yummy! (and the hubby loved them too) :) Also at:

Alisa - Frugal Foodie

Tuesday 9th of June 2009

Sarah, this recipe sounds like my ultimate comfort food. I simply love broccoli and rice together. Definitely bookmarking this one, thanks!


Tuesday 9th of June 2009

what a nice way to use your homegrown broccoli! I wish I could have planting beds, but we have too many deer that wander through our neighborhood.

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