Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best Broccoli Salad



I am always looking for new ways to use fresh broccoli in salads.

I love broccoli, especially in the winter months, when the fresh produce selection around these parts is slim.

I remember a cold broccoli salad back in the 90's that had shredded cheddar cheese, raisins, mayo and bacon. It was a strange combination, but it was great picnic fare, though the rest of the ingredients kind of negated the goodness and healthiness of the broccoli (all that bacon, mayo and cheese!!).

What I like about this version of broccoli salad is that there is no cheese, but I am not claiming this to be low fat, unless you go with a lowfat mayonnaise (which I never do).

The peas and toasted almonds were a really nice addition and this was a great winter lunch!

Best Broccoli Salad (adapted from Simply Recipes):

5 cups of fresh broccoli florets
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/3 cup of slivered almonds, toasted
5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup of frozen peas, defrosted
1 tsp salt

Dressing:
1 cup of mayonnaise (I used less)
3 tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 cup of honey (I used less)

Blanch or steam the broccoli florets in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, so they stay nice and bright green & crunchy. Toss the broccoli in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

Mix the dressing with a fork and pour over the salad. I didn't use all the dressing, but if you like it creamier, then go ahead and use all of it.

Refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Gets even better the next day!



Enjoy!

7 comments:

Kissan Jam said...

can this salad act as starter with non veg dishes.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I like the other broccoli salad that you talked about too even if it's not healthy at all.

This one sounds pretty good.

Laura Keller said...

This sounds pretty delicious... I used to hate broccoli but in recent years have grown much more fond of the stuff. I'll have to give this recipe a shot soon - thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

angicock said...

very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!

elra said...

Oh yummy :) Lot's of honey too.

Have a wonderful and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

tasteofbeirut said...

I like broccoli but forget to buy it so I will remember this salad; my daughter would love it.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'm wanting a salad to go with my quiche for dinner, but don't feel like venturing to the supermarket for lettuce. Fortunately I've got broccoli, and your wonderful idea.