Brócolos e Couve-flor com Vinagrete de Pesto
Lunch & Dinner, Recipes, Side Dishes

Broccoli and cauliflower with pesto vinaigrette

Steamed broccoli and cauliflower with a vinaigrette pesto sauce, a healthy, very fast and super tasty accompaniment!

Broccoli and Cauliflower, the healthy brothers

If you usually read me you know that broccoli and cauliflower are always present 🙂

Not only are they delicious but they are also good for you – vegetables of the cruciferous type, they are both related to benefits such as cancer prevention (they both have a high antioxidant content), control of cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases; they also have an interesting fibre content, favourable to a healthy digestion and many fundamental minerals.

A true healthy fast food

They’re very easy to prepare.  But they exist in a good quality frozen version, which you can have in reserve for busy days.

One of the things I do every week is one of these vegetables, or both like here, steamed, as a side dish. Depending on the application, I season them differently.

Steam cooking – how to make

I am very unorthodox and whenever possible I simplify.

Read HERE how you can steam any food without special equipment.

Seasonings make all the difference

If you saw my video on Instagram a few weeks ago, you already know how to make the dill vinaigrette sauce that I love. It’s stored in highlights if you’re curious.

But as I had some comments about “laziness”, I decided to show a really simple version, of a sauce suitable for this kind of dish too.

This is not a recipe, it’s practically a cheat. But if the ingredients are good, it works really well 😉

Brócolos e couve-flor com vinagrete de pesto

Quick sauce: pesto vinaigrette

You know… name in quotes means I know it’s not the genuine recipe but I use the name anyway 😀

This doesn’t even have vinegar, though it could, instead of lemon juice. But that’s more like it.


  • 1 tablespoon pesto purchase, good quality (I buy this one, usually)
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon lemon juice


Put it all in a bowl and emulsify it with a fork.

If the pesto is very dry, you can add some water or more lemon juice.

This one I identified has a great consistency, it doesn’t need more liquid.


I’ll say this is the only sauce my daughter likes. Hence the use and abuse of her versatility.

The first one, the one in the photo: season the steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

Brócolos e couve-flor com vinagrete de pesto

And more:

  • Season a mixed green salad.
  • Season a cold pasta salad (either the traditional one or the lentils alternative, it goes very well).
  • Season a roasted or poached chicken breast.
  • Use inside a wrap or sandwich instead of butter or mayonnaise.
  • Finish a loin of salmon also steamed.
  • Season boiled potatoes.

What do you think?

If you find this vinaigrette sauce too easy, don’t forget to check out the recipe I shared on Instagram, it’s a little more work.

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