Friday, June 12, 2009

Broccoli Slaw

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I received broccoli in my CSA and just assumed I’d steam it and serve it with fish or chicken. Well, we decided to grill out one Sunday and invited our friend over with his teenage kids. I began to browse my bookmarked recipes for side items. I quickly zeroed in on this recipe from TheKitchn, as a different way to use the broccoli. Like the original author, I too, remembered a crunchy broccoli slaw in my past and yearned for a healthier version. I ended up changing a couple things from the original recipe. Instead of currants, I used tart, dried cherries. And I made mine even healthier by using a combination of light mayonnaise, reduced fat sour cream, and nonfat greek yogurt instead of just mayonnaise. I really liked the tang the sour cream and greek yogurt gave it. If you don’t have easy access to greek yogurt, feel free to just use sour cream. Or, if you prefer, all mayo. And I used red wine vinegar, instead of rice wine vinegar because I had that on hand.

We all loved the slaw. It went great with our Mojo grilled chicken (thank you Publix marinade), grilled sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, and cocoa brownies with peanut butter chips. The leftovers disappeared pretty fast too! I can’t wait for another cookout opportunity to make this. It just might be my new signature salad dish! The combination of the crunchy chopped almonds, crunchy broccoli, tart & sweet cherries, and the tangy dressing was truly a harmonious union. Uptown Girls, expect to see this on 4th of July!


Broccoli Slaw
adapted from TheKitchn

3 heads broccoli
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dried cherries (I recommend the bigger, plump ones, not craisins)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
3/4 cup chopped whole almonds
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper

Chop broccoli, red onion, almonds, and dried cherries and combine in a large bowl.

Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, and a few grinds of fresh pepper. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and stir to combine. Taste and add more salt or pepper, if needed. Allow to sit for 30 minutes (or an hour in the fridge) so the flavors can mingle.

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12 Responses to “Broccoli Slaw”

  1. 1
    Cara — June 12, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    I am not normally a fan but this sounds like a terrific version!

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    wifeplzak — June 12, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

    great idea!

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    cateskitchen — June 12, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

    I used to make something similar at a deli I worked at during college…but this looks even better!

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    Erin — June 12, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    I've had something similar to this and it's delicious! Your version looks tasty :)

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    Liesl — June 13, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    I should have tasted this the other day when you brought some in, I bet I would like it.

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    Peabody — June 14, 2009 @ 2:36 am

    Looks good. I have a similar version that has bacon that I love. Yours looks way healthier. :)

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    Sarah — June 14, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    Erin, Thanks so much for the help with my blog today!! I LOVE having big pictures! Also, you and Katie did a great job with lunch and I am pretty sure Avery is one of your biggest fan's now! :)

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    Maris — June 16, 2009 @ 9:51 am

    Awesome summer barbecue dish! Believe it or not, I love broccoli. I usually eat it with a little bit of fresh lemon juice and parmesan but this sounds so much better!

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    Carrie — June 16, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

    My aunt makes a salad like this, it's my favorite, she uses grapes. YUM! I need to make it!

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    ♥Rosie♥ — June 17, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    That Broccoli Slaw looks colourful and I know with those great ingredients its going to taste soooo good too!

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    foodcreate — June 17, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

    Grand Idea:)

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

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    EAT! — June 27, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    Just made a batch of this delicious salad for a client of mine and for myself. I forget to make it for a long time. When I remember the recipe, I get excited all over again.

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