What takes a sandwich from a quick bite to eat and transforms it into a meal? That would be a delicious and nutritious side dish! An easy-to-make salad made of broccoli fulfills both of those criteria. Broccoli is known as a super food.
According to the U.S.D.A., a cup of chopped broccoli, 91 grams, supplies many vitamins and minerals for your body’s use, while providing only 31 calories. Vitamin C is a necessary component for your body’s chemical processes to work correctly. It prevents scurvy, a disease where the body is not able to use collagen effectively. Scurvy can be fatal. A serving of broccoli contains 135% of your daily need for Vitamin C. It provides 111% of your daily need for Vitamin K. This vitamin is used by the body to promote blood clotting. Broccoli can provide more than 10% of your daily values for Vitamin A, folate, and manganese.
Broccoli has all of that nutrition, and it’s still delicious in this all-season salad side dish.
4 cups broccoli florets
¼ cup finely chopped celery
½ cup finely chopped walnuts
½ cup crumbled crisp bacon or vegetarian bacon substitute
1/3 cup finely chopped Vidalia or red onion
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
¼ cup craisins
½ cup mayonnaise or Veganaise
1 tablespoon milk or yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
In a large bowl place the broccoli florets and 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on high for 8 minutes. You are just softening the broccoli a bit and stopping the action of the enzymes in the broccoli to make it last longer in your dish. Let it stand covered for 20 minutes. Drain the water off of the broccoli.
Measure ½ cup of walnuts onto a microwave safe plate. Break them into smaller pieces. Microwave the walnut pieces for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave the walnut pieces for another minute. Let them cool on the plate. Make sure that you don’t burn them.
You can buy pre-cooked bacon bits in cans at the store or at a salad bar. If you wish to make a vegetarian version, use Morningstar Farms bacon substitute and cook according to package directions.
Put the chopped onion in a small bowl with a tablespoon full of sugar, the rice vinegar, the balsamic vinegar and stir them together. Let this stand for 10 minutes to sweeten the onion. Add the celery, walnuts, bacon, onions, and vinegar to the large bowl with the broccoli and stir.
In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise, milk, sugar and seasoning salt together. Add to the broccoli bowl and stir gently to coat the ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to allow the flavors to mix.
Time Saver Variations
*Buy already chopped vegetables and prepared bacon at a salad bar.
*You may use frozen broccoli florets to save the chopping and microwaving time. I buy lovely frozen florets in a large bag at Costco. Inside of the large bag, there are four smaller bags. I thaw two of these smaller bags for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Then, I blot the florets with Viva paper towels to remove excess moisture. I use this thawed broccoli like I would fresh. Just make sure to remove the excess moisture, so that you don’t have a soupy salad! Omit the broccoli microwaving, and proceed according to the recipe instructions.
This salad pairs well with these sandwiches:
*Melted Mixed Cheese Sandwich Recipe
*Rotisserie Chicken Sandwiches Recipe
*Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich Recipe
The links are provided below.
Do you know somebody who insists that broccoli has a nasty bitter taste? I have one son who loves broccoli and another son who loathes it. How can this be?
Humans have two copies of a gene that causes people to perceive certain foods, like broccoli, as bitter or not bitter. These foods contain a chemical known as glucosinolate. If a person gets two copies of that variation of the gene that makes them sensitive to the bitter taste, they probably will find broccoli, turnip, mustard greens, and rutabaga offensive to their taste buds.
What can be done to change that? Nothing; that is the way they are wired. Sometimes they don’t find the raw vegetables as offensive. Also, the bitterness in the broccoli taste can be reduced by putting it into a broccoli cheese soup. The cheese and potatoes help make it more palatable for those who think broccoli is bitter.
Broccoli is a super food that provides an amazing nutritional punch. Many people love the taste, and they will find that this delightful Broccoli Salad Side Dish will take their sandwich from a snack to a satisfying meal!
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