Wouldn’t it be great to have a stable of delicious, healthy holiday side dishes? (Not that we’ve got anything against eating green bean casserole once a year.) This Broccoli with Balsamic Dressing is guaranteed to become an “instant classic.”

You want to cook the dressing until it’s thick and sticky, close to the consistency of honey.

This recipe was developed by Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook. Have a comment, question, or idea? Email Kate at healthycook@cspinet.org.

Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 lb. broccoli florets, about 4 cups


  1. In a small sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Sauté the garlic until light golden, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, whisking often, until thickened into a syrup, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Steam the broccoli until it’s tender but still bright green, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the broccoli.

Nutrition Information

Per serving (1 cup):

  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 4 g
  • Sat fat: 0 g
  • Carbs: 9 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 120 mg

Photo: Stephen Schmidt/CSPI.