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Simple Save Your Breasts Salad

It isn’t the prettiest dish I’ve made but it sure is powerful. Think about it. A salad that actually can fight and suppress cancer cells. I combined three top cancer fighters, broccoli sprouts, garlic and walnuts in one salad. It is simple, tasty and loaded with three top cancer-fighters.

Broccoli Sprouts in a Jar

Let’s start with the miraculous broccoli plant. Broccoli contains a phytonutrient called sulforaphan which appears to target breast cancer stem cells. This has been demonstrated in a test tube. But how does this translate to eating broccoli sprouts? A study was done on women who were getting a breast reduction (so there would be breast tissue to test after the surgery). The women drank broccoli sprout juice prior to surgery. And do you know what they found out? The sulforaphan made it’s way to the breast tissue! So simply by eating broccoli sprouts, you can get the benefit of sulforaphan.

Why sprouts? Can you just eat broccoli? Yes, broccoli has sulforaphan. But cooking (without chopping and letting it rest for 45 minutes) destroys the sulforaphan. You could make this salad with fresh chopped broccoli and get the benefits of sulforaphan but broccoli sprouts have a much higher concentration.

Dr. Greger of Nutrition Facts keeps broccoli sprouting in a rotation so that he always has fresh sprouts. In the picture above, you can see sprouts at 12 hours, 2 days and 4 days, which I used for the salad. Broccoli sprouts are extremely easy to grow. Just soak the seeds overnight, drain and then do a quick rinse and drain twice a day. It has become an easy routine around our house.

Broccoli Sprout Salad

The main star in this salad is broccoli sprouts. But why not really pump up this salad with the addition of the top cancer-fighting vegetable, garlic! And while we are at it, lets throw in some walnuts because they, too are top cancer fighters.

I use raw garlic in this salad because it is most powerful in that form. If you remove the center of the raw garlic (see how here: garlic) it will take some of the bite out of raw garlic. Also, letting it sit for 10 minutes helps, too.

Walnuts also have great cancer-fighting properties. Did you know that 25 walnuts have the same amount of vitamin C as 100 oranges? (Source So, they are a perfect base for the dressing. Plus broccoli and walnuts really love each other, in terms of flavor. Throw a little fresh ground flax seed on the top and you get even more of a boost!

Broccoli Sprout Salad

To balance out the dressing, I used raisins. You can use other sweeteners if you wish. Just sweeten to taste. Coconut sugar, stevia, etc. could all work but I wanted to stick with the whole food theme of this recipe. Also, if you are using stevia, do some research. There are some that are not great as they are full of additives and highly refined.

I hope you enjoy the salad. Here’s to breast health!


*The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider.

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  1. ashlee wrote on December 16, 2016

    How long did your sprout your broccoli for?

    • ashlee wrote on December 17, 2016

      Thank you for your prompt response. LOVE your site and recipes!
      Happy Holidays!

    • Susan wrote on December 16, 2016

      Hi, Ashlee, I usually sprout it for 3-4 days!

  2. Shawna wrote on October 19, 2016

    Oh this looks delicious!! I will definitely be giving this recipe a try! Broccoli sprouts have also been shown very beneficial in autism as well! I will be sharing this with my clients!

  3. Susan wrote on August 2, 2016

    I want to be completely clear here. I do not advocate opting out of traditional cancer treatment. I believe that a combination of traditional and then the many things that you can do nutritionally is the best. Also, sugar available in fruit, etc., is a different sugar than what you find in processed sugar. It’s a matter of nutrients vs empty calories. Fruit actually contains tons of cancer fighters. To eliminate it, in my opinion, would be to not take advantage of a major cancer fighter and also leave you lacking in nutrients that you can only get from fruit.

    That said, this is not the place to impose your opinions on treating disease. Please save that for your clients.

  4. Karalee wrote on March 3, 2016

    I LOVE this salad!! I was so anxious to try it that waiting for my seeds to sprout was hard! It is so simple yet the flavors work perfectly together. The dressing is fabulous for other salads too. I made as is, no subs, but I forgot and added the flax seed with the other ingredients and blended it instead of adding it on top at the end but it was fine. Thank you for another great recipe.

  5. Stacey wrote on February 24, 2016

    Is there 2 cups of sprouts or 4 cups of sprouts total for this recipe?
    This sounds great either way. I can’t wait to try it.

    • Susan wrote on February 24, 2016

      It is just 2 cups. It was a typo. Thanks for spotting it! Cheers!

  6. Jo-Anne wrote on February 24, 2016

    Thank you Susan. I was thrilled to see this recipe since I actually have broccoli sprouts in the house ready to harvest. I grow mine in soil because that’s what I’m used to. The flavours go very well together. I find these sprouts a little strong to just sprinkle on a salad. You came up with the perfect way for me to enjoy broccoli sprouts!

  7. Dana wrote on February 24, 2016

    The recipe mentions 2 cups of broccoli sprouts twice. This must be a typo, yes?

    • Susan wrote on February 24, 2016

      Hi, Dana, Yes, that was a typo. It is just 2 cups. Cheers!

  8. Flower wrote on February 24, 2016

    Where can I get the broccoli seeds? This salad looks delicious and easy to make!

    • Susan wrote on February 24, 2016

      Hi, Flower, I have added a link in the recipe. You can also always check the sidebar to the right of the recipe. I post links to order items that I have used in the recipes. You just click on the picture and it will take you to the store where you can buy it. Cheers!

  9. sassygirl711 wrote on February 24, 2016

    awesome info about broccoli and garlic!
    thanks for the great recipe…
    sprouting today!

    • Susan wrote on February 24, 2016

      You are welcome. Once again, Dr Greger from Nutrition Facts is the hero for finding all these great studies. Cheers!


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