I am a person who like to think of creative ways to eat food. Especially the foods that I could definitely use more in my body but aren’t exactly a huge fan of. Take broccoli for instance. I am not a broccoli fan but smother it in nacho cheese and butter and you can bet that I am a huge fan right there.
Although it may not be the healthiest thing in the world I am getting my broccoli in… am I right? What about you? Is there a food that you could definitely eat more of if it just tasted better?
So when the idea of a broccoli crunch salad came to mind, it sounded pretty good to me. Put a lot of veggies that I like in a mixture and stir in some delicious dressing… I was so totally in love with it in my mind. I always bought this broccoli slaw pre-made and it tasted pretty good, but I wanted something better. So I set off to make my own of course. Eight recipes later and I have literally found the perfect one!
Broccoli Crunch Salad
3 Cups of Raw Broccoli Chopped
3 cups of Cole Slaw Mix
2 Cups of Raw Cauliflower Chopped
1/2 – 1 cup Shredded Carrots
3/4 cup Pumpkin seeds or almonds
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (optional)
1/2 cup Mayonnaise (I used a paleo Avocado Mayo)
2 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar (any sugar will do)
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt to taste
- Mix together your broccoli, coleslaw mix, cauliflower, carrots, nuts, and cranberries all together. Mix in the onion if you would like.
- mix together your dressing ingredients.
- pour dressing over the broccoli mixture and stir until well incorporated.
- Serve up this delicious salad as a side or topping.
Some Serious Crunch!
I still cannot believe how amazing this salad is. I have been making it about once every two weeks because well lets face it I am addicted to it. This broccoli crunch salad is great by it self as well as incorporated into other things. We like to put it on top of burgers, BBQ sliders, in tacos the possibilities are endless with this broccoli crunch salad.
The broccoli crunch salad recipe is such a simple and good recipe and works with just about any diet. The avocado mayo just gives the taste an added dimension, but the lemon dressing is still good with a regular mayo. I recently found out that there is vegan mayo! I was literally shocked for some reason. I tried it and I have to say it is pretty good.
As far as the nuts or seeds in this broccoli crunch salad, you can be creative here. What do you have on hand? I have used pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds and almonds and they all give me the nuttiness I needed for the salad. And the cranberries are a must. Raisins did not do it for me in this salad but you can definitely get creative here!