Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli salad recipe

My favorite broccoli salad recipe is always the most recent one I have made. They are never the same as I always try something a little different each time I make it.

You either like broccoli or you don't. Some people who don't sometimes find what they really don't like is cooked broccoli.

Put it in a salad raw with some sweet dressing and other goodies and just watch them gobble it up!

The basic recipe starts with broccoli, onions, celery,  sometimes some crispy bacon and a  dressing.

I like to add all sorts of vegetables,  nuts, seeds, fruits and cheeses, combined with a simple creamy or oil & vinegar dressing.

Here is a good one to start with...

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Basic Broccoli Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

1-2 heads broccoli
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup sunflower seeds
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup sliced olives
pepper to taste

Dressing:

3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. wine,cider or sushi vinegar
1/4 tsp. each salt & pepper
Optional-1-2 tsp. sugar

Directions:

Fry bacon until crispy, drain grease and set aside.

Cut up broccoli tops into bite-sized pieces, leaving just a little stem. Cut up enough for about 4 cups of flowerettes.

Give the leftover stem to your kitchen helper...

Sable the kitchen helper

Mix the dressing with a whisk, fork, electric mixer or simply put the ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake.

Add chopped vegetables,  seeds and olives.  Crumble the cooked bacon and add it as well.

Add dressing, toss salad, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  Toss again before serving



 Broccoli Salad Recipe Optional Ingredients  

Here are a few alternatives for dressings:

Mayonnaise:  Yogurt, Sour Cream, or any creamy store bought dressing.

Vinegar:  Wine, Cider or Sushi vinegar are the best.  Plain white also works but may have more of a bite than the others. Small amounts of  Fruit Juices can also be added for more flavour.

Sugar: You may want to add sugar to your dressing,  or possibly some other sweetener.

--Stevia, a natural sweetener is a good alternative.  A good article on this can be found at www.quick-weightloss-solutions, a site about healthy eating.  

 --Xylitol is a sweetener which is called a "sugar alcohol".  The main benefit of this is that it doesn't drive up insulin levels like sugar does.  More info on this is here: Wikipedia.org

Other Ingredients Ideas:

1-Vegetables- Carrots, Celery,  Cucumber,  Mushrooms, Olives,  Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Shallots,  Tomatoes.

2-Fruits- Apple, Avocado, Berries, Grapes, Kiwi, Pear, Raisins and any other dried fruit.

3-Nuts- Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Hazelnuts.

4-Seeds- Sunflower, Pumpkin, Poppy, Sesame.

5-Cheese- Too many to list but any kind you have will do.


More Broccoli Salad Recipe Pages....

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salads-Lots of goodness here, 2 different salads with great dressings and other ingredients...


Broccoli Cashew Salad-One recipe with bacon & raisins, one with sprouts & mandarin oranges...


Broccoli Cranberry Salad-Made with dried cranberries or whole berry sauce from the can, you can add a little turkey to make it a leftover turkey sandwich alternative...


Broccoli Grape Salad -Fresh grapes, almonds & bacon with a creamy mayo/mustard dressing...


Broccoli Salad with Raisins-2 versions, one with creamy dressing, one with oil & vinegar...


Broccoli Walnut Salad-One standard recipe and a "Waldorf Style" with apples, grapes and celery...


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