Balsamic Roasted Broccoli Side Dish (Vegan)
This side dish recipe is super simple and healthy, featuring crispy roasted broccoli topped with a homemade balsamic reduction and fresh basil. This recipe is gluten-free and vegan, but I guarantee even meat-eaters will love it! Oh, and it’s also only FIVE ingredients.
A while back I asked you guys which vegetables you wanted easy side dish recipes for, and one of the most popular requests was for broccoli!
This healthy broccoli recipe is made with just FIVE ingredients – fresh broccoli, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, and salt. It’s so yummy, proving that simple ingredients are truly just the best!
Want more side dish inspiration? Check out my roundup of 20+ easy, healthy vegetable side dish recipes for more ideas. Love broccoli? Check out my roundup of simple broccoli recipes for more creative ways to cook with it!
Broccoli Nutrition Benefits
This green cruciferous vegetable is a great source of:
Micronutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium
- Broccoli is one of the best sources of Vitamin C out there – just one cup provides 135% of your daily vitamin C needs
Dietary fibre – one cup provides 2.3 grams of fibre, which is 9% of your daily fibre needs
- Fibre is known to help with digestion, heart health, blood sugar control, and weight management.
How To Roast Broccoli
Hands down my favourite way to cook any vegetable is by roasting it. Broccoli is no different – it gets crispy and oh-so-good.
All you need to do is follow these simple steps:
- Start by chopping two heads of fresh broccoli into ~1-inch florets
- Toss those florets in 2 Tbsp of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt
- Spread florets onto a baking sheet, ensuring some space between florets
- Pop them into the oven at 400F for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned and tender
- Remove from oven and serve!
While the broccoli is in the oven, it’s time to make the balsamic reduction…
How To Make A Balsamic Reduction
Making a balsamic reduction (or glaze) at home is super simple to do, and only requires one ingredient – balsamic vinegar!
All you need to do is:
- add 1 cup balsamic vinegar to a small pot
- bring it to a boil
- then reduce the temperature + simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
After 15 minutes of simmering, you may think that the reduction appears too thin. I promise you it will continue to thicken as it cools, so be sure not to overcook it!
The first time I made a balsamic reduction, I overcooked it and it was so thick I could barely use it. Lesson learned – stick to 15 minutes!!
If it does end up getting too hard, simply add a bit of water to thin it out.
If you don’t use up all the reduction in this recipe, refrigerate the remainder in a sealed container for a few weeks. You can use it to drizzle over veggies, salads, avocado toasts, and more.
Why Make Your Own Balsamic Reduction?
If you take a look at store-bought balsamic reductions, you’ll notice that they’re full of unnecessary additives!
Things like added sugar, emulsifiers, caramel colourings…even in health food stores, it’s hard to find a balsamic reduction that doesn’t contain these ingredients.
There’s really no need to purchase it when you can make it so easily at home, using only one ingredient (that you probably already have on hand!)
What To Pair With Balsamic Roasted Broccoli
I highly recommend pairing this broccoli side dish recipe with a yummy protein and a starch to round out your meal. Check out some of my favourite recipe ideas below!
- Garlic Shrimp With Smoked Paprika & Honey
- Honey Lemon Oven-Baked Salmon With Thyme
- 25-Minute Baked Salmon With Pistachio Pesto
- Crispy Baked Tofu With Maple Miso Sauce
- Crispy Salmon With Coconut, Honey & Lime
- Easy Curry Tofu Scramble
- The Best Canned Salmon Burger
More Easy Broccoli Recipes
- Roasted Miso Broccoli (Side Dish)
- Shrimp & Broccoli With Lemon, Honey & Feta
- Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Rice
- Roasted Broccoli Salad With Cranberry, Farro & Feta
- Pesto Quinoa Bowl With Broccoli & Sweet Potato
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Get the Recipe: Balsamic Broccoli Side Dish (Vegan)
- 2 heads broccoli, chopped into florets
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Chop heads of broccoli into florets. In a large bowl, toss broccoli florets with olive oil and salt.
- Spread broccoli on a large baking sheet. Place in oven for 20 minutes.
- While the broccoli is in the oven, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to simmer balsamic for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Remove broccoli from oven and serve into a bowl. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and sprinkle with freshly chopped basil. Enjoy!
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.