This time of year I know that I need to eat fewer treats and a lot more vegetables. I have a sweet tooth plus pregnancy cravings for chocolate, so it takes a lot of willpower for me to avoid the dessert table at holiday meals and parties. I can easily fill up on sweets so that I am not hungry for the nutritious foods that my baby and I need. One solution to my problem is our recipe of the month for December, Broccoli Salad.
This Broccoli Salad recipe satisfies my sweet tooth with the combination of a lightly sweet dressing and dried fruit. On top of that, it gets me the nutrition packed broccoli that I need. I get the sweetness I want and the vegetables I need in one simple recipe!
Here are some other great things about this recipe that cannot be ignored:
- It stores well in an airtight container the refrigerator. For some, it may even taste better after a day or two because the flavors have a chance to mingle.
- It is a quick and easy dish to take along to holiday meals or parties.
- It can easily be packed in small containers to put in lunch bags for a side dish.
- It is inexpensive and it will cost even less this spring when broccoli is in season.
Try out our Broccoli Salad to add vegetables to your meals this holiday season.
- 1 bunch broccoli
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1/3 cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing
- 3 tablespoons cider or white vinegar
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced (1/2 medium onion)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Cut 1/2″ off bottom of the broccoli stem and discard. Peel the outer layer of the stem. Chop the tender inner portion of the broccoli and florets.
- Mix sugar, salt, mustard, and mayonnaise together in a large bowl. Add vinegar and stir with a wire whisk or fork.
- Add the broccoli, red onion, and raisins.
- Stir until mixture is coated with dressing. Serve salad immediately or store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Store salad for up to 4 days.
- Choose broccoli with green (not yellow) stems and florets.
- A bunch of broccoli usually has 2 to 3 stalks and weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. It should make 6 to 7 cups of chopped stems and florets.
- You may use sweet white or yellow onions instead of red.
- Wash broccoli and onion under running water.