You're going to need to serve Dad more than just a big honking piece of meat on Father's Day. Here ya go: Crunchy Broccoli and Bacon Salad.
I love broccoli... know why?
- Not just because it provides more disease-fighting nutrients than almost any other vegetable.
- Not just because it’s loaded with both soluble and insoluble fiber... good for the heart and digestive system.
- Not just because it’s crazy low in calories.
Broccoli is my veg of choice because it pumps up the nutrition, flavor and color of almost any dish… and because there are SO MANY ways to prepare it;
- Eat it raw.
- Steam it.
- Sauté it.
- Soup it.
- Use it to dip or turn it into a dip.
Or make it into a easy-Louisey Crunchy Broccoli & Bacon Salad like I did. Keep the lemony dressing very light... you don’t want to drown the florets. I added red peppers for color, but you can throw in cucumbers or some other equally crunchy vegetable.
Crunchy Broccoli and Bacon Salad
prep: 20 minutes
1 pound broccoli, cooked
6 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
½ cup (about 4 ounces)
red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
½ cup (about 4 ounces) red onion, cut into thin slices
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon salt
let's get to it...
Place the broccoli, half of the crumbled bacon, red bell pepper and red onion into a large bowl; set aside.
Whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and salt together in a small bowl. Pour over vegetables and bacon. With a rubber spatula, carefully turn the vegetables to give them a light coating. Top with remaining bacon just before serving.
Cook’s Tip: Chilling the Crunchy Broccoli & Bacon Salad for a little bit really enhances the flavor!
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