This summer, broccoli salad is going to be a popular side dish that you can’t get enough of! The fact that broccoli is packed with nutrients and vitamins makes it a very healthy food that you should eat on a regular basis. The first thing that you need to do before you get started cooking your favorite broccoli salad is to learn all about this glorious vegetable. Knowing the healthy benefits of broccoli goes a long way in helping you enjoy this delightful side dish without getting overworked with its delicious taste. So, is broccoli salad healthy?
A properly cooked broccoli salad is guaranteed to satisfy your palate, especially if it is served with some authentic sauce. However, one of the most popular sauces out there is the aged cheddar cheese. Not only does it add a touch of elegance to your meal, but it is also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and proteins. One of the main ingredients found in aged cheddar cheese is the enzymes inhibitors, which inhibit bacteria from living within the raw meat and creating the perfect flavor. There are several recipes out there where you will just replace the cheese in your recipe with the aged cheddar.
Another great recipe ingredient is the fresh, raw cranberries. Cranberries have an amazingly sweet flavor that goes perfectly with any type of broccoli salad. However, there are many other wonderful, healthier alternative to cranberries such as fresh pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, or even acai berry. You can also incorporate the sunflower seeds into your mix, especially if you use the sunflower seeds in their place.
As for the actual broccoli salad itself, it is made up of romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, and shredded iceberg lettuce. I love using both types because they complement each other so well. To add that extra touch of flavor to your recipe, it is a good idea to sprinkle a little bit of Cayenne pepper over the top of your mixture. If you aren’t too afraid to sprinkle that in, feel free to do so. You may find that this adds that much more flavor. It is definitely worth a few scratches!
The third recipe I am going to share with you has to be the most delicious thing I have ever cooked. It involves mixing softened cream cheese, chopped cooked bacon, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise in a bowl. Stir this up until the mayonnaise sticks to the cheese. You will then spread it over the top of your raw broccoli florets. Now here is where you can add some of your favorite vegetables and spices if you wish.
My favorite was to mix about three tablespoons of chopped fresh flat leaf blueberries with about two tablespoons of crumbled and finely chopped pecans. Once the mayonnaise mixture is blended together, you just spoon it over the top of your raw spinach. Then you spread in the lemon juice and mix until the entire thing is covered in the juice. Then just let it sit and let it go for about twenty minutes. This was one of my best tasting salads yet and is definitely one of my favorite ways to make a broccoli salad healthy.
If you are not too crazy about the blueberries and pine nuts, then you might want to try this broccoli salad with a hint of curry flavor. Instead of using the croutons, you would substitute them with curry powder, chopped tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Then you just spoon the curry onto the top of your cooked broccoli. This is absolutely delicious and makes a delicious change from the traditional ingredients of the standard recipe.
If you are looking for something even healthier than that, you might want to add some bacon to the mix. Instead of using bacon drizzled on top as in the recipe above, you can use the actual bacon. Instead of using a food processor to chop up the bacon, just grate it using a wooden spoon. You can also add the bacon to the mix after the 30 minutes have elapsed since the mixture was cooked. This makes a delicious, and yet healthy, version of broccoli salad. Both the red and the browned bacon add just the right amount of flavor to the dish that makes them an excellent choice.