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:
I save time by prepping the ingredients and dividing them into their measurements prior to mixing.
Use a medium bowl, soak red onion in cold water for about 5 minutes. Drain.
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!