Creamy Broccoli Salad

I usually make some type of salad on a daily basis, and love to add a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to my salads. In the past few months, I have started making salads using raw broccoli and cauliflower and I thoroughly enjoy the crunch in these salads as well as their versatility. In this particular salad, I featured broccoli used raw cut into bite sized pieces to which I added shredded carrots, red onions, slivered red peppers, and sunflower seeds. For my dressing, I wanted to create something creamy but I also wanted to keep it healthy. I did have a small avocado on hand that was quite ripe so I made a dressing of the avocado, fat free Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, lemon, salt and pepper. This salad is colorful, crunchy, and full of flavor and would be a great choice for lunch, or as a side dish for dinner, particularly when grilling outdoors.

Why Healthy

  •  Broccoli is packed with nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, and fiber.  Broccoli is also rich is anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients.
  • Avocados provide nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals: potassium, folic acid and other B-vitamins, as well as vitamins E and K. They also contain phytonutrients, believed to help prevent many chronic diseases.
  • Avocados contain the mono- and polyunsaturated “good” fats that are recommended as part of a healthy diet.

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Creamy Broccoli Salad

Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Prep Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

1 Large Head of Broccoli, Cut Into Bite Sized Pieces
1 Red Pepper, Cored, And Cut Into Slivers
1 Small Red Onion, Peeled, And Finely Sliced
1 Cup Shredded Carrots
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
Dressing:
1 Small Avocado
1 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper

Directions:

In a large bowl toss together the salad ingredients.
Place the dressing ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
Taste, and adjust seasonings or acids as needed.
Spoon 3/4 of the dressing into the salad and toss to mix well.
Add additional dressing as needed, then serve immediately

 

 

One Response to “Green Beans With Peppers”

  1. Doreen Sanders — October 1, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

    I am new to your website, and am pleased that the first recipe is something I know that we will enjoy. We are fans of fresh green beans and sweet peppers, never thought to put them together!

    Looking forward to exploring your website further.
    Thank you for sharing your insights and the recipes!

    Doreen Sanders

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