Broccoli salad has been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember. We’d have it on holiday occasions and periodically in between, but makes a cool summer salad for when things start to heat up. It’d been sounding good to me for a while so I decided to re-create the traditional recipe to make it a little healthier. Rather than commercial shredded cheese, miracle whip, sugar and bacon bits, it’s no sugar added, uncured smoked bacon and Sir Kensingtons original mayo.
Re-vamped Broccoli Salad
1 12 – 16 oz bag frozen broccoli (ran under cold water to thaw, and dry a bit)
2 fresh ripe mangoes diced
1/2 diced large red onion
Cut up beef (we had some leftover from our smoker, so I used kitchen shears and cut it up!)
Cut up cooked bacon
1 cup Sir Kensginton’s original mayo
White vinegar (enough to get mayo to dressing consistency you prefer)
Toss everything in a large bowl and let refrigerate overnight. The mango adds the perfect touch of sweetness instead of a cup of refined white sugar, and the recipe remains dairy free! I really did not miss the cheese at all, and it’s full of healthy colors!
Enjoy (I apologize, I only took one photo, which is a pretty crappy photo)!
One of the tomato plants I planted this year is a “Sun Sugar Cherry” plant (each year, I kind of just pick 5/6 different kinds and see what I end up with-however, this one will be planted every year). Little orange cherry tomatoes, that are, surprisingly sweet and flavorful. In fact, after I picked them last night I tried one, and then I had quite a few more (fun fact: several years ago, Sun Sugar was named by Sunset Magazine as the best tasting tomato in their trials for its sweetness and rich tomato flavor that includes just the right amount of tartness!). Probably the best cherry tomato I’ve ever had. I decided to throw together a salad with ingredients I had at home, and it turned out to be fabulous!
Sun Sugar Tomato Salad
Diced red onion
Chopped crimini mushrooms
Sun Sugar tomatoes
Tessemae’s Cracked Pepper dressing
Toss everything in the bowl, and top with a handful of microgreens, salt/pepper and some Tessemae’s (paleo friendly!) Cracked Pepper dressing.
It’s hot in San Diego…which means…light, cool meals and sides! The next time you attend a BBQ or party and want to take a fabulous side dish that isn’t A) soy and corn syrup filled potato salad, or B) blood sugar spiking inflammatory grains macaroni salad, whip this together!
Cabbage Bacon Slaw
Walnuts (I used pieces)
Diced red onion
Fried bacon pieces
Himalayan pink salt
Cracked black pepper
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Toss everything in a bowl, season to your liking with salt and pepper, squeeze the juice of 1/2 the lemon over the mix. Drizzle just a little olive oil, and 2-3 large spoonfuls of fresh bacon grease (from frying your bacon pieces) over top, and toss!
You could definitely add fresh apple, if you choose, the lemon would help the fruit last 🙂
I always buy too many apples. Always. I also don’t let food go to waste, therefore, I end up with lots of soft apples. They’re great for cooking, baking and sometimes even salads.
Apple Egg Scramble
1 soft apple, diced into small pieces
Diced red onion
Handful of fresh basil, chopped
Blue cheese crumbles
1 TBSP ghee
Ground black pepper
Start by melting 1 TBSP of ghee in a pan, and add the red onion. Saute until they begin to turn transparent. Add the chopped basil and 3 eggs and continue scrambling until eggs are almost cooked. Toss the diced apple in, stirring until it’s warm, but stays crunchy. Top with blue cheese crumbles and a sprinkle of truffle salt.
This is what I coined a new salad creation about a week and a half ago on my Facebook page (hey! did you know I have a Facebook page? Give it a like for tips, food, articles, inspiration, garden stuff, etc.: livinglikelinds).
It has started warming up, which brings for me, an urge to garden and make lots of salads-some staple salads, and some new salads. I think you’ll enjoy this cinnamon balsamic pear salad as much as I did!
Best. Fecking. Salad. Eva.
3/4 bag butter lettuce
2 Bosc pears, cut in chunks
1/2 small diced red onion
3-4 bacon strips, broken into bits
1 TBSP (or drizzle) raw honey
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Sprinkle of kosher salt/pepp
Generous sprinkle of cinnamon
I threw all the dry ingredients (except for the bacon) into a large bowl, and drizzled with honey and balsamic vinegar, and tossed. This incorporated the cinnamon well (sidenote: Why have I not added cinnamon to salads before?). I topped with bacon bits. The light sweetness of the honey, toned down the balsamic, and the strong red onion paired well with the sweet Bosc pears. It’d be a great party or summer grilling salad!