Broccoli Salad – a summer favorite!

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)
  • Salt/pepper

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)!

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Spicy Chicken Salad

Salad season is in full swing. Really, when is it not? 🙂 Still, with the dry, warm weather, I am craving salads like no other! Last night we threw together a spicy chicken salad from veggies we had on hand, and pre-grilled spicy chicken.

Spicy Chicken Salad

  • 1 bag butter lettuce (it’s one of my fave lettuces ever)
  • 2 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 diced white onion
  • 3 avocados, diced
  • Pepperoncinis (how every many you prefer)
  • Spicy grilled chicken, cut into pieces
  • Black olives (added to my salad only, hubs says NO to olives)
  • Cholula or hot sauce of choice
  • Kosher salt/pepp

Combine all ingredients and toss, then sprinkle hot sauce for a little kick 🙂

Without olives (for my hubs):DSC_0928With olives (for me):DSC_0933