The Classic Salad
The Broccoli Cauliflower Salad has been served around our tables for years. There are many different recipe versions out there. They are found in cookbooks, written on pieces of paper passed from hand to hand, and now on websites around the world. I think it’s because, besides being so delicious, it’s easy to adapt to suit any tribe’s taste.
While craving something light and refreshing on these hot summer days, I considered the broccoli cauliflower salad’s healthy ingredients. It’s usually served as a side dish of crunchy vegetables in a sweet dressing to complement many main dishes, but why not by itself.
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The Healthy Salad
Did you know that we are supposed to be eating 2-3 cups of vegetables per day? I just read that. I also learned that broccoli and cauliflower contain glucosinolates that aid in preventing cancer.
Another benefit these cruciferous twins contain is vitamin C and ladies we know what the hype about vitamin C is these days. Our skin! Not only does it help our skin, but our nails and hair. Our bodies need dietary vitamin C to form collagen. I NEED, I WANT MORE COLLAGEN!
Then there’s vitamin K. This helps with bone development and the clotting of our blood. Who knew that Broccoli Cauliflower Salad could be so helpful to our bodies?
The Adaptable Salad
Now, I know our Mama’s original salad recipe was full of fats and sugar-soaked into these beneficial vegetables. I realize that, but we can change it. Let’s start with the mayonnaise. You can use light mayo or even make a homemade one like mine, Homemade Mayonnaise With A Creole Kick. It’s fresh-tasting and delicious!
Then for the sugar, I use sweet, dark balsamic vinegar and a bit of Stevia instead of regular sugar. You can use whichever substitute you like or even omit the sweetener altogether, but not the vinegar. This dressing needs an acidic taste. Like I said, adjust it to your tribe.
You can omit the cheese and bacon to reduce the fat in this recipe. They add a lot of savory taste, so I choose to keep them and sacrifice fat somewhere else in my diet. Just an idea!
Quick and easy is synonymous with this salad. All you do is mix the dressing,
prepare the ingredients,
That’s it! You can eat it right away or make it ahead of time.Print
A salty-sweet Broccoli Cauliflower Salad packed with lots of fresh, flavorful ingredients for added crunch. The mayonnaise dressing is sweetened with dark balsamic vinegar and a bit of Stevia. A healthy treat for the taste buds!
1 cup regular or light mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dark balsamic vinegar
2 packets Stevia, or 4 teaspoons of sugar
4 cups broccoli flowerets (1 small bunch)
4 cups cauliflower flowerets (1 small head)
1 cup red grapes cut in half
6 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces medium cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
1 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons diced red onion
3.8 ounce can black olives, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
Mix salad dressing ingredients together into a small bowl and set aside.
Add all of the salad ingredients except for salt and pepper into a large bowl and toss together with the salad dressing.
Salt and pepper the salad to taste.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
This healthy salad can be made ahead of time. The flavors marinate well together in the refrigerator for serving the next day.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Salads
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cup
Keywords: broccoli cauliflower salad
There you have it, a refreshing salad that’s perfect as a side dish or served alone. It’s healthy, satisfying, and delicious!
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