Broccoli Salad

December 14, 2015

By Anna Varriano

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This broccoli salad is packed with nutrient-dense foods and makes a great side at any time of year. Use pomegranate seeds, diced red bell pepper, or dried cranberries instead of (or in addition to) the raisins for a festive look! Enjoy!

 

What You’ll Need:

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  • a large head of broccoli (or 2 smaller ones) – you’ll use the stalks too!
  • one small to medium sized red onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries, or pomegranate seeds, or diced red bell pepper)
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted, raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 – 2 TBSP of honey (local and unpasteurized is best)
  • 1/2 cup of kefir (organic and whole fat is best)
  • 2 tsp of Bragg apple cider vinegar
  • salt to taste (unrefined is best)
  • optional: bacon bits. Make your own from real bacon (get it from a farmer’s market if you can!). If you’re vegetarian, you may want to try Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon – that’s what I had on hand this time around – and it was pretty tasty!

Step 1: Dicing and Chopping

Dice up some red onion and set aside. I diced up about 1/4 of a medium-sized onion and didn’t end up adding it all. When assembling the salad, you can add as much or as little as you’d like to suit your taste. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets and bite-sized stalk pieces and steam until slightly softened but still crunchy. About 3-5 minutes.

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Step 2: Prepping

While the broccoli is steaming, prep the dressing by mixing together the kefir, honey, and apple cider vinegar until well blended. I used 1 heaping TBSP of honey. You can use a bit more or less to suit your taste. Set aside.

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When the broccoli is to desired ‘done-ness’, drain and rinse it under cold water. This will stop the cooking process to keep it crisp and maintain its beautiful, vibrant green colour.

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Step 3: Assembling

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Reserve a small amount of the raisins, sunflower seeds, and bacon to use as garnishes to sprinkle over the salad just before serving, then add all the ingredients into a bowl and toss until evenly mixed together and coated with the dressing.

Step 4: Serving

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Just before serving, sprinkle with the reserved raisins, sunflower seeds, and bacon to garnish. You can make this salad several hours or a day ahead.

Enjoy!

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