Beautiful Broccoli – Easy Veg the Greek Way

Greeks love steamed or boiled vegetables like broccoli, courgettes etc. served in very very simple ways. Not for us the complicated sauces or salads with countless ingredients.

Instead, more often than not, we just dress our vegetables with olive oil and freshly queezed lemon juice and salt to taste.

So, I feel a bit like I’m cheating, it’s this easy, but here goes the recipe.

Beautiful Broccoli – Easy Veg the Greek Way

5 from 2 votes
Course: Salads, SidesCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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A standard way to cook and dress vegetables


  • 1 stalk broccoli

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 lemon

  • salt


  • Place your brocolli in a cooking pan.
  • Add enough water to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the temperature to medium and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until cooked to your taste. Better not overcook it though. Broccoli tastes so much better when it’s softened but still has some bite to it.
  • Drain and place in a serving dish/bowl.
  • Add salt, olive oil and lemon juice to taste.
  • Mix well and serve hot or at room temperature.


  • If you refrigerate it, try and take it out at least 20′ before you eat, it will taste so much better.

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If you decide you’d rather steam the broccoli and don’t have a steamer, just add less water so broccoli is around an inch deep in water (around 3 centimetres) and when the water starts boiling lower the heat, let the water simmer, and cover with a lid, letting some of the steam escape. Make sure you don’t run out of water by adding a little bit halfway through, that is after 10 minutes or so.

This makes for a great side dish/salad for our meatballs with potatoes in the oven.

Try out this serving suggestion for brocolli but don’t stop here, you can serve cauliflower, carrots potatoes the same way.

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