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Broccoli salad

If you like broccoli you will love this salad. If you love broccoli salad you will love this even more. It is mayonnaise-free and the fresh lemon juice and zest adds a boost of bright flavor, while the crisp-tender broccoli and pumpkin seeds add a lovely crunch. What is great is that you can make this ahead of time and it tastes better as it will allow the flavors to blend more thoroughly.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 3/4 c. full-fat non-flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 T. honey* or one very small pinch Stevia powder
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T. fresh lemon zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Broccoli Salad:

  • ½ small red onion outer skin removed and cut into thin slices
  • 2 large heads fresh broccoli tough stems removed, rinsed, and broken into florets
  • 6 slices bacon* cooked crispy and crumbled
  • ¼ c. fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c. toasted pumpkin seeds unsalted

Instructions

  • To make the dressing, combine the Greek yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  • Steam the broccoli florets for about 4 minutes or place in a large, microwave-safe dish and add 2-3 T. water. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, or until florets are crisp tender. (Check after 3 minutes and adjust cooking times accordingly).
  • Drain excess liquid. Set aside, uncovered, and allow steamed florets to cool.
  • In a large glass or other non-reactive bowl, combine the red onion, broccoli, crumbled bacon, and fresh parsley. Toss gently to combine. Top with ½ Greek yogurt dressing and toss again until ingredients are thoroughly coated. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight before serving. Cover and reserve remaining dressing, as well.
  • Toss chilled salad with remaining dressing right before serving. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds right before serving to keep them crunchy.

*1 tablespoon of honey contains up to 17 grams of carbs, or approximately 4¼ grams per serving. If this is too high for your needs, you can use a very small amount of stevia powder or liquid as a substitute.

    Notes

    Nitrate and preservative free bacon cost a little more but is a preferable option

     

     

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