Sometimes you just need a great summer side dish. You've found it with my fresh summertime broccoli salad recipe. We're not going to make a wimpy broccoli salad... no... we're going to put together robust flavors that really pack a punch. Next time you need a fun and fantastically flavorful side dish, make sure you bring this awesome recipe.
This broccoli salad recipe is: Low Carb, Gluten Free and Fantastic.
SUMMERTIME BROCCOLI SALAD RECIPE
We have enjoyed this broccoli salad for years around our house. Although not a staple (it took a while for my kids to love anything with raw broccoli) it is coming back into the rotation more and more every year. This summer I've made it twice and each time it amazes me just how much I love the flavor combinations with the cheddar, broccoli and awesome dressing.
My suggestion for this broccoli salad is to combine everything about an hour before you are ready to serve it. Make sure it is in the refrigerator to preserve the crispness of the broccoli florets. During its short stay in the fridge, all the flavors will combine and meld together into a truly tasty treat.
If you want, go ahead an peel the stalk of the broccoli. I always use it in my recipe, although it doesn't taste any different without using it. I like to use a julienne peeler on the stalk to get nice, thin strips. I mainly use it because it adds a little volume and I hate throwing away perfectly usable ingredients. Up to you whether to use it or not!
HOW LONG DOES BROCCOLI SALAD LAST?
Broccoli salad will last for a day once it has been dressed. That being said, it is best to dress the salad as close to the time it is being served as possible. The salt in the dressing starts to extract the water from the broccoli and tomatoes, which will create a bit of a broccoli flavored soup at the bottom of the bowl if left overnight.
To extend out the life, make sure that the salad stays nice and cold. It will keep the florets from softening longer, keeping the salad nice and crunchy. Nobody wants a limp salad.
Keep in mind that this salad has a mayo base which does NOT hold well in direct sunlight... particularly if you have made your own mayo!
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PLEASE NOTE: The nutritional data is provided by NutriFox and may not be 100% accurate.