Easy Thanksgiving Day Side Dish

Since the holidays are right around the corner, I wanted to share a quick, easy, and healthy side dish you can bring to your family events. This recipe is called the Cranberry-Almond Broccoli Salad, found on MyRecipes.com. I was intrigued by this recipe because it does not require cooking with a source of heat, so no stove, microwave, oven, or crockpot. The total time for this recipe is an hour and 20 minutes, or 10-20 minutes for prep and hour to sit! There are only two steps, 11 ingredients, serves about 8 people, and I only dirtied 2 bowls, a spoon, and measuring cups, all which are light and easy to clean.   

This broccoli salad is sweet and creamy accompanied by salty, crumbled bacon and a hint of tart from the dried cranberries.  The combination of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt provides a healthier substitution. I was able to find some left over bacon in my fridge, but you can find an alternative to cooking bacon by buying something like Hormel Original Real Crumbled Bacon .

This recipe is ready to serve once mixed, but it is recommended to let it sit for an hour! 

Here are the ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 
  • 1/3 cup canola mayonnaise 
  • 3 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt 
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets (about 1 bunch) 
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted (I didn’t toast mine) 
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sugar dried cranberries 
  • 4 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (I had leftover bacon from a previous meal. You could also buy cooked bacon crumbles) 

Here are my modified steps:

Step 1 

I save time by prepping the ingredients and dividing them into their measurements prior to mixing.  

Step 2 

Use a medium bowl, soak red onion in cold water for about 5 minutes. Drain.  

Step 3

Combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, cider vinegar, honey, salt, pepper into the larger bowl. Stir well with a large spoon or whisk. Next, stir in red onion, coarsely chopped broccoli, and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving. 

Voila! That is all it takes! How simple? Now go have fun this Thanksgiving week and eat tons of food! 

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