Today’s recipe was inspired by a broccoli salad my mom used to make starting a few summers back at the Cape. I’ve never, ever, been a fan of raw cruciferous vegetables. While I typically love all veggies (except for string beans) for some reason raw broccoli is just not my jam. The only I’ve found I can tolerate it is smothered in lots of dijon and mayonnaise like in my mom’s raw broccoli salad. However, I wanted to make today’s recipe a bit lighter, which is why I chose to roast the broccoli until al dente. Overall, this recipe encompasses everything I love about a good slaw…sweet, but mostly tangy, with a bit of crunch. It pairs perfectly with meat straight off the grill, pulled pork, or even roasted chicken. Honestly, there is no way to go wrong with this broccoli salad. If you feel the need, add more mayo. If you want more crunch to your salad, add some toasted almond slivers or chopped pecans. If you can eat dairy, a sprinkle of blue cheese or chevre would be fantastic. All in all, this recipe is a great summer recipe that serves as a nutrient dense alternative to the traditional potato salad. Enjoy!
Roasted Broccoli Bacon Salad
- 1 medium head broccoli
- 6 strips of bacon, cooked
- 3/4 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup raisins – omit for keto
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
- 2 tbsp avocado oil mayo – omit for AIP
- 1 tsp black pepper – omit for AIP
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Cut broccoli into florets and lightly roast at 425 degrees for 20 minutes until just cooked, transferring to a mixing bowl.
- Pan-fry or bake off the bacon in the oven until crunchy, then crumble into pieces and add to the broccoli.
- Add diced onion, bacon, broccoli, and raisins to the bowl.
- Whisk together sherry, coconut sugar, mayo, pepper, and salt, then poor it over the broccoli and mix all contents of the bowl until fully incorporated.
Notes: Add chopped, toasted nuts, or a creamy goat or blue cheese for extra texture and flavor.
Psalm 90:2,4 “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”