Trust me, this broccoli salad recipe is so easy that it’ll be ready before you know it. I always have my 8-year-old niece, my trustful cooking assistant, to help me in the kitchen and I sincerely believe she can make the salad by herself without any difficulties.
This is also a chance for you to spend quality time with your kids! They will definitely enjoy the food they make themselves to the fullest. A wonderful strategy to make them consume more vegetables too!
Diva of the Broccoli Salad: Broccoli The Superfood
First, know your salad. Broccoli, as well as other cruciferous crops, always earns the top spot on the hall of fame of powerhouse vegetables for having an impressive nutritional profile. Broccoli contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, carotenoids, many kinds of phytonutrients and a compound called sulforaphane.
Well, I won’t bore you with a lecture on how exactly those nutrients affect our health. So long story short: this magical vegetable may improve your resistance against cancer and inflammation, while protecting your heart, improving your bone health, and bettering your eyes, amongst other things.
I can already hear you you saying “Gosh, I need my children to eat lots of these!” And you’re right! Encourage them to not only eat broccoli but a wide variety of veggies, too!
Step-by-step guide to making an easy broccoli salad
Pre-cut florets are available in the grocery store, but for me, buying a broccoli head and cutting it into bite-sized florets myself is cheaper and not that difficult.
Most of the time, broccoli salad is made using raw florets. My family and I, however, like it to be pre-cooked. Just one minute blanching the florets and immediately transferring them to a bowl of ice water will make a huge difference in texture and flavor of the broccoli. This “blanch and shock” method always makes vegetables more tender and palatable. Also, chop the red onion into same-size thin slices.
Next to broccoli, the diva, is bacon: the superstar! This recipe may be beginning to sound more like a red carpet event, huh? Because my entire household is CRAZY about bacon – I mean, who isn’t?
Anyway, where were we? Place the bacon slices in a single layer on a cold skillet or frying pan. Now turn the heat on medium and watch it dance, or in less exciting terms, sizzle.
One thing to bear in mind: don’t move the bacon until it completely releases from the pan surface, or else it will be a messy show! The entire wait-and-turn process should take about 10 to 15 minutes until the bacon turns evenly brown. Wait for it to cool down and chop it up.
The dressing, which makes our broccoli salad wonderful, is super easy to make, too. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar altogether. Stir well until smooth.
Here comes the fun part that always makes my niece plead “Please, let me do it, please!” Add all the salad ingredients to a large bowl and stir everything well. They will make a great show of color! Next, drizzle the magical dressing over the salad and continue to stir well until the ingredients are fully coated.
This marvellous combination can be served straight away, but I prefer to let it sit in the fridge for an hour, so that our ‘diva’ has a chance to marinate in the creamy dressing which leads to an even more succulent salad!
Well, that’s all the steps. Now bring this wonderful broccoli salad to the table; everyone is waiting for it, they just don’t know it yet! I hope your family has a wonderful time together.
I think I’m in love with this. Can I eat a lot of Broccoli Salad?
Well, broccoli is a kind of vegetable, so I don’t think you can ever eat “too much” of it. Conversely, if you happen to be a broccoli addict for any reason, you know what they say: one can desire too much of a good thing!
Too much fiber intake may lead to problems like intestinal gas, constipation and diarrhea. Also, hypotension is another potential consequence of consuming too much broccoli on a regular basis.
That said, none of my family members or friends have experienced any serious complications as a result of excessive broccoli consumption. So don’t be worried; excessive consumption of any food will mess you up – not just broccoli. This amazing vegetable is still one of your family’s best friends, so let it be loved by everybody!
Perfect Broccoli Salad Recipe
- 8 oz broccoli
- 2 oz red onion diced
- 2 oz baked bacon crumbled
- 1/4 cup cranberry raisin
- 1/4 cup sliced almond
- 1/4 cup cashew
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 4 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 4 tsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- Cut the broccoli into florets. Add them into boiling water and cook for 1 minutes. Immediately soak the broccoli florets in the ice water until cool. Drain them well.
- In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir well until smooth.
- In a large bowl, add broccoli florets, red onion, bacon, raisins, and all the nuts. Drizzle the dressing over the broccoli combination and toss all the ingredients.
- Let the salad cool and serve.